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As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues - this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe.
What is COVID-19?
The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a reportexternal icon out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases.
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Who is at most risk?
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
What are the symptoms?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
How can you protect yourself?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- "Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- The CDC is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
COVID-19 Information Line
In an effort to keep the public as informed as possible, Butte County has established a call center to answer COVID-19 questions on Monday, March 23. The call center will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Members with questions about coronavirus in Butte County can call 530-552-3050.
Butte and Glenn County residents can dial 2-1-1 to ask questions about coronavirus. Or text your zip code to 898211 for the latest information and updates from public health. The text line is available M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Residents in Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Lassen or Siskiyou county can text 2-1-1-2-1-1 and send the word "coronavirus" for the latest official information from your county.
Reopening CDC Guidelines
The CDC has also released guidelines for religious worship. Click Here to view them.
When should you seek medical attention for COVID-19?
Health officials ask that you notify your healthcare provider by phone if you develop a fever, cough and shortness of breath and believe you could have COVID-19. Call ahead so that that you can be safely evaluated to prevent exposing others.
What cleaning products are strong enough to use against coronavirus?
The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of chemicals and products that it says are strong enough to ward off "harder-to-kill" viruses than SARS-CoV-2, the virus that's responsible for the disease. For a list of disinfectants, you can use against coronavirus, Click Here
Butte County Delivery Task Force
The Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services organized a Delivery Task Force for individuals who have been told by a medical professional to isolate or quarantine, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
- Enloe Medical Center has begun new protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Butte County and they've have opened an information hotline. They have also changed visiting hours to 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and people will be pre-screened for coronavirus symptoms. Patients can have only one visitor a day, anyone under isolation may not have visitors. Read More
The CDC updated the coronavirus symptoms on Tuesday, March 17.