OROVILLE, Calif. – Butte County Public Health Officer Andy Miller is recommending all residents to cover their faces if they leave their house in order to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Officer Miller took to Facebook to discuss the county’s COVID-19 update on Thursday.
“We are learning that people who are asymptotic can be transmitting the virus on,” Miller said. “And people who are presymptomatic, people early in the infection, before they get symptoms, can be transmitting this virus.”
Public Health officials are now saying this information has changed some of the advice that has been shared. Miller said before there was not enough good evidence that was suggesting that wearing a mask was protecting the person wearing the mask and due to the shortage of masks for health care workers.
Health officials are asking people who are out of their house to cover their faces. He added it’s important to remember that N95 masks and surgical masks are needed by health care workers. He expressed this is not a requirement but a recommendation. Residents should continue to follow social distance guidelines and stay home.
“You would be wearing a mask, not as much to protect you – although it may do that a little bit, you would be wearing a mask to protect others if you were shedding virus Asymptotically or pre-symptomatically," Miller said.
Butte County has 10 confirmed cases as of Thursday afternoon.
Below is a video from Butte County Public Health on how to make a "no-sew, pleated cloth face covering." This can be done as long as you have a bandana or square piece of cloth, and two hair ties.