Butte County prepares for coronavirus

Butte County has been preparing since January, communicating with the three hospitals and discussing the CDC's guidance.

Posted: Feb 27, 2020 5:18 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2020 9:29 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte County has been preparing since January, communicating with the three hospitals and discussing the CDC's guidance.

Public health officials say just because there are no cases here doesn't mean there's not any risk. 

The Butte County Association of Governments found about 3,500 people travel to the Sacramento area every day. They told Action News Now that number doesn't cause much concern in regards to coronavirus exposure.

Butte County Public Health Officer Andy Miller says people who travel to those areas don't need to wear masks, just practice good hygiene.

"Stay home when your sick to not get other people ill washing your hands, cough into a tissue," Miller said.

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Miller says if you have coronavirus symptoms and seek medical care, make sure you let your doctor or clinic know before you arrive so they can take the appropriate safety measures.

The county has also been sending out information for hospitals and clinics on how to prepare for the coronavirus here.

Miller talked with all three hospitals about the CDC's guidance. 

Miller says all the hospitals have procedures in place to deal with infectious disease but protective equipment is huge for preventing the spread of the virus. He also said people don't need to be wearing masks at this time.

"I understand people's desire to protect themselves but at this point, we are trying to save N-95 masks and personal protective equipment for people really at risk and those are the people taking care of cases and people working in the hospital,"  Miller said.

Miller says there's a difference between isolation and quarantine.

Isolation is for someone who is sick and quarantine is when someone has been exposed or potentially exposed, but is not symptomatic.

For both isolation and quarantine, the easiest location would keep those people in their own homes.

For a large group of infected people, they would designate a cohort in a hospital for the easiest caretaking.

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