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Butte County Public Health coronavirus containment efforts

They’re monitoring returning travelers, working with health care providers on testing and isolating possible cases.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 6:19 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 9:14 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - They’re monitoring returning travelers, working with health care providers on testing and isolating possible cases.

"People in Butte County are being tested by healthcare providers," Lisa Almaguer with Public Health said.

She says the lack of available test kits has no bearing on whether a health care provider can test someone with symptoms.

"The process to get tested for COVID-19 is as follows symptomatic person seeks medical care with health care provider, health care provider will assess that person and make a determination on whether they should be tested if the determination is made they should be tested then the provider will take a specimen from the patient which could include swapping of nose or throat," she said. "The health care provider will then take that specimen and the provider will then send the specimen to a COVID-19 approved testing lab."

Almaguer says all there are 19 labs capable of testing and none of them are in Butte County.

"The testing lab then uses the test kits to test the specimen that they have received from the healthcare provider," Almaguer said.

Almaguer says people with mild symptoms don’t meet the testing criteria.

"As with any respiratory illness should stay home until symptoms are gone including 24 hours after their fever is gone," she said.

The CDC says people who qualify for testing are those with severe symptoms like cough, fever, weakness, and exhaustion.

"Especially our most at-risk population those are adults over the age of 65 people with underlying chronic conditions like lung disease and heart disease," she said.

Also, anyone who’s visited an affected area has had close contact with a confirmed case

A grant from the North Valley Community Foundation an approved COVID-19 testing lab will be opening right here at the clinic in Chico in about one month.

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Data is updated nightly.

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Reported Deaths: 15018
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Placer342841
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Sutter164210
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Lassen7310
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