Amidst coronavirus spikes, more people testing for the virus in Butte Co.

Is Butte County seeing an increase in COVID-19 testing? Butte County Public Health reps tell Action News Now that in recent days more people have been signing up to get tested for the coronavirus.

Posted: Jul 3, 2020 8:35 AM
Updated: Jul 3, 2020 9:27 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Is Butte County seeing an increase in COVID-19 testing?

Butte County Public Health reps tell Action News Now that in recent days more people have been signing up to get tested for the coronavirus.

To date - more than 10,400 tests have been conducted in Butte County. 

Lisa Almaguer with Butte County Public Health tells Action News Now, the state testing site at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds is currently operating at 100 percent capacity.

Almaguer says a few weeks ago it had 80 percent capacity.

Based on that – Action News Now asked some people in chico why they are choosing to test now - during the spikes in coronavirus.

One of those people include Briley Fumasi, he works at a physical therapy office.

“Just being around patients, coworkers with families. It’s important to get tested and find out for yourself what’s going on,” Fumasi said.

A woman who didn’t want to be identified told Action News Now that she tested at the “Immediate Care Clinic” in Chico.

“I'm from Glenn county so their spikes are up high so I just want to be safe than sorry,” said the unidentified woman, she got the test because her live-in daughter works at an office where someone recently tested positive for the virus.

The state opened the testing site at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in May.

*The video mentions at least 10,400 people have tested for the coronavirus in Butte County, we have since corrected that and said more than 10,400 tests were conducted in Butte County. Since tests include people from out of the county and repeat testing.

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