BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - California reported a new single-day record of over 20,000 positive cases of Covid-19.
That number shatters the previous record by more than 2,000, which brings California's total to over 1.25 million cases.
Butte County added 49 new cases, and also added 12 hospitalizations for COVID-19.
I spoke with people in Butte County to see how they feel about these increasing numbers.
Much of Northern California remains in the purple tier, including Butte County.
Governor Newsom says the state will look to gather more data in those purple tiered counties to determine if a new stay at home order will be necessary.
"We're not just now looking at positivity rates, we're not just now looking at case rates. We are now looking in real-time at hospitalization numbers and ICU capacity in those regions," said Gov. Newsom in his daily COVID-19 response press conference.
Action News reached out to hospitals in Butte County. Oroville and Enloe Hospitals said off-camera that they are still operating as normal, despite the increase in hospitalizations.
Butte County now has a total of 35 hospitalizations, more than a third of those announced Tuesday.
Some people contribute the rise in COVID-19 related numbers to the holidays.
"I think there are definitely numbers on the rise and it's been like that lately a lot more recently. You see a lot more people going out because of the holiday season and whatnot," said Tyler Stanchaia.
"I'm not too concerned, I always like to go out and wear my trusted mask, keep a little distance between me and whoever it is I'm talking with," he said. "Every time I go home to see family, just make sure I get tested."
"If these trends continue, we're going to have to take a much more dramatic arguably drastic action including taking a look at those purple tier counties. They are now 51 out of the 58 counties," said Gov. Newsom.
If the state decides to move forward with a new stay at home order, they say it will primarily target the purple tiered counties.
99.2% of California's population lives in a purple tiered county.