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On Tuesday, Butte County Public Health confirmed 120 new cases -- tying the record that was set just four days ago. Action News Now spoke with Butte County Public Health and people in the county.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 11:33 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 10:43 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - On Tuesday, Butte County Public Health confirmed 120 new cases -- tying the record that was set just four days ago.

In the video player, reporter Esteban Reynoso explains in May the county had hardly any positive cases, June was similar, but as time progresses, we get to Tuesday's single-day total of 120 positive cases.

Health officials in the county say one of the most difficult things is tracking down where those positive tests come from.

"So a typical positive COVID-19 person is typically identified with 10 close contacts," said Butte County Public Health Communications Manager, Lisa Almaguer.

With such a high number of cases, the task of coraling coronavirus becomes nearly unfeasible.

"For example, yesterday [Monday] we had 178 cases if all of those people had 10 contacts," explained Almaguer. "You're looking at over 1,700 people that would need to be contacted. So it's impossible to contact everyone."

And that makes the majority of people in Butte County fearful.

"It kind of doesn't surprise me that numbers have gone up, but I hope it does get better," said Chico resident, Ashley Carnagey.

"It is worrisome, it's very difficult, and we're taking precautions," said Richard Piper. "But I still think it's going to continue to get worse and spread."

Some say even though young adults are getting the virus the most, they're scared of who they pass it on to.

"Why, why? Because they're going to be there too, in a confined spot," said a concerned local.

Although others arent quite as scared despite their age -- "I'm not very fearful of it. I was young once myself, and you gotta have fun. The virus is an advert thing we all have to handle," said Don Richier.

But others say their age is exactly why they're scared.

"Being 83 I feel very vulnerable," said Piper. "I tell people I've lived a lot longer than I expected, but not as long as I want too."

Butte County has a total of 2,146 coronavirus cases. Click here for continuing coronavirus coverage.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3055568

Reported Deaths: 34441
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103280614122
San Bernardino2561091560
Riverside2504362645
San Diego2168352109
Orange2148082477
Santa Clara943661109
Kern86718565
Fresno82485968
Sacramento806781111
Alameda67952765
Ventura62101436
San Joaquin58290786
Contra Costa52965450
Stanislaus42882758
Tulare41867506
Monterey36126255
San Mateo32596309
San Francisco29321262
Solano25806106
Imperial25317465
Santa Barbara25083236
Merced24452308
Sonoma24068240
Kings19435145
Placer17380180
San Luis Obispo15929136
Madera13443151
Santa Cruz12298113
Marin11693157
Yolo10620131
Shasta9776122
Butte9474123
El Dorado782644
Sutter775478
Napa760140
Lassen519516
San Benito496343
Yuba495127
Tehama397142
Tuolumne338240
Nevada320673
Mendocino311432
Amador301631
Lake261230
Humboldt239324
Glenn193519
Colusa17339
Calaveras161723
Siskiyou144613
Mono11214
Inyo97429
Del Norte8662
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Sierra820
Alpine730
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Chico
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As expected, we had much quieter weather around northern California on Wednesday with plenty of sunshine, much weaker wind, and a wide range of temperatures. Thursday will be similar, but much more active weather is coming.
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