BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The coronavirus is expected to hit our area after major cities in California.
Butte County Health Officer Doctor Andrew Miller shared a staggering projection from Johns Hopkins University that left many asking more.
The projection showed that there could be as many 76 deaths in Butte County by June 1 from coronavirus.
Anchor Scott Rates asked Miller several questions, including if he thinks those projections will hold true.
Watch in order, above:
- Butte Co. Public Health's Dr. Miller: "The ERs are open & safe"
- Butte Co. Public Health's Dr. Miller: Planning with Projections
- Butte Co. Public Health's Dr. Miller: Flattening the curve
- Butte Co. Public Health's Dr. Miller: COVID-19's Various Strains
- Butte Co. Public Health's Dr. Miller: "This is real & it's taking lives"
Action News Now Scott Rates asked Dr. Miller “Right now, the cases are flat..how confident are you that’s going to change?”
“Well I think we’re going to have more cases, but I don’t believe we’re going to have 76 deaths by June 1st,” Dr. Miller told Action News Now.
Miller also discussed the risks of ignoring social distancing and protesting stay-at-home order. He pointed out that even a single gathering can spawn many cases of the virus.
He said the projection of 76 deaths takes into account social distancing, which means ignoring safety guidelines could cause that number to jump.