Butte County Public Health Officials respond to Coronavirus threat

Public Health officials say there have been zero suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Butte County and they are carefully monitoring the situation and working with other health organizations.

Posted: Jan 28, 2020 8:18 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2020 8:20 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif- Public Health Officials say there have been zero suspected or confirmed Coronavirus cases in Butte County, but they are still working to keep the community safe.

Butte County Public Health Communications Manager, Lisa Almaguer, says "Preparing for something like the Coronavirus is something that we do, it's work as usual if you will, for Public Health."

She adds that Butte County Public Health is consistently running simulation drills in their Department Operation Centers especially when it comes to emerging infectious diseases, like the Coronavirus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, says Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Rarely, Animal Coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread person-to-person.

Lisa Almaguer also says, "Butte County is carefully monitoring the situation, actively working with local health care providers, The State Health Department, and CDC. Locally, we have provided information to medical providers so they can identify illness with people who may have traveled to China or may have come in contact with someone with a confirmed case."

People in Butte County say they're still worried about the potential risk.

Ken Jordan says, "One thing that is concerning is that people can spread it and not know they have it. That's the biggest danger, it's a concern."

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to the seasonal flu, they include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and fever.

The Public Health Department says at this time, the risk of coming down with the Coronavirus virus here in Butte County-- is low.

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