Butte County Public Health's Dr. Miller explains coronavirus, state projections & flattening the curve

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.

RELATED: State model projects 76 coronavirus deaths in Butte Co. by June 1

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.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 271035

Reported Deaths: 6441
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1165703534
Riverside20555486
Orange17882366
San Diego16726387
San Bernardino15345269
Imperial7190117
Alameda6855140
Fresno611077
Santa Clara5408164
Kern536982
Tulare5009136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento423669
San Francisco399250
Contra Costa387885
Ventura378950
San Mateo3599108
Santa Barbara326129
Marin280921
Kings267333
Stanislaus266045
Monterey215115
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer91111
San Luis Obispo7652
Yolo67726
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4593
Napa4364
San Benito2732
Sutter2523
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1544
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Yuba1282
Glenn1220
Lake961
Tehama881
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono471
Tuolumne430
Amador330
Inyo331
Siskiyou320
Mariposa311
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
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