Butte County Health officials say precautions in place for coronavirus

Butte County Public Health is taking no chances in allowing the coronavirus to spread in the county.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 9:10 AM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 11:15 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County Public Health is taking no chances in allowing the coronavirus to spread in the county.

Representatives met with Butte County Supervisors Tuesday to go over their plan. 

Action News Now reporter Mackenzie Drigo asked Butte County Public Health Officer, Andy Miller why they're not telling the public where they've tracked the virus.

"At this point, we have no intent and likely don't have the ability to try to be publishing exposure sites, and that's not happening in other communities as well," Miller said.

He added that there are too many cases in too many places to track.

"It going to be more like the influenza virus in that it’s going to come in multiple different areas, so the idea of containment is one that we will try but at some point, we will be unable to do that," Miller said.

Action News Now also spoke to residents of Butte County on how they’re feeling.

"I think the cats out of the bag not, there’s not really much they can do to contain it and we're just going to have to build up some resistance,” Oroville resident, Robert Lykes said.

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The good news, Miller said there are zero cases of coronavirus in Butte County, so far.

Butte County Public Health Department said that if you’re feeling sick you should go to your local clinic just like the one right behind me to get yourself checked to make sure you’re not at risk for the coronavirus. You should also call ahead so the clinic or doctor's office can prepare for you.

Miller told Action News Now they have been working with health care providers.

"Schools, institutions of higher education, event organizers, emergency medical services and first responders, and employers, there is very specific advice for all of those entities to be found at the CDC and often also supplementary information at the California Department of Public Health," Miller said.

Another community member said he has not been taking any public transportation since the outbreak.

"I haven't been taking any public transportation, I'm staying away from places where there's a bunch of people like not going out to the movies or anything like that," Oroville resident, Wiley Taylor said.

Bonnie Youngblood who also lives in Oroville said she's been washing her hands more often. 

"Even going to Walmart, I’m sanitizing everything so I don't have to touch it and I use the wipes to open the door," Youngblood said.

Butte County Public Health said they want people to take these precautions seriously but not to panic.

The Butte County Health Department has a complete list of safety precaution you can take, CLICK HERE.

Butte County residents can dial 2-1-1 (24/7) or text their zip code to 898211 for information and updates related to COVID-19. The text line is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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