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Butte County declares local emergency and local public health emergency in response to COVID-19

Butte County proclaimed a local emergency and declared a local public health emergency in response to coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 6, 2020 3:26 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2020 8:30 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County proclaimed a local emergency and declared a local public health emergency in response to coronavirus.

Butte County Assistant Chief Administration Officer, Brian Ring and Butte County Health Officer, Dr. Andy Miller made the announcement on Friday, March 6.

Butte County remains without any confirmed cases of coronavirus. But they did confirm that one person in Butte County is being tested for coronavirus.

On Friday, Lisa Almageur from Butte County Health & Human Services announced that the coronavirus information on their website has been improved. Almageur said they will post their latest information by noon, Monday through Friday, Click Here

Action News Now asked if any people who were previously on the Grand Princess cruise ship were being evaluated in Butte County. She said county personnel has followed up with all of them, and none of them have been symptomatic. She said the final (14th) day of the evaluation was today. All of those who traveled on the Grand Princess that are now in Butte County are considered to be in the clear.

Officials said these actions have been executed in an effort to be proactive, allowing the county to expedite their planning and response to any potential cases and make additional resources available to the county to limit and slow community spread of the disease.

Although the individual risk of contracting coronavirus in Butte County remains low, health officials are advising community members to take the opportunity to plan for the possibility of local cases and the potential for community spread.

Below is a list from health officials of what they recommend:

• Gradually stock up extra supplies of important items, such as: soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, over-the-counter medications and prescription medications.
• Gradually stock up on non-perishable foods.
• Create a back-up plan for work, school and childcare in the event of closures.
• Talk to your workplace about getting ready. Plan for telework, if possible.
• Create a space in your home to care for sick family members.
• Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps – make a game of this with your kids.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How people can protect themselves:

• Washing hands with soap and water.
• Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
• Staying home if you are sick, especially from work, school and public places.
• Following guidance from public health officials.

Health officials advise if you think you’re sick to notify your health care provider by phone. It’s important to call ahead so that you can be safely evaluated to prevent exposing others.

Butte County residents call also call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 for COVID-19 information and updates.

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