BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Over 1.6 million cases in total of COVID-19 throughout the state of California after adding more than 53,000.
The state also added 293 more COVID related deaths, pushing the total number of lives lost well over 21,000.
Some people continue to remain unafraid of COVID-19, while others feel the seven new deaths in one day, and a record setting number of cases in the state make them feel uneasy.
"Locally that alone is alarming for sure. I think anyone with any sort of empathy would be alarmed by that, it's scary," said a Butte County resident who wished to remain anonymous.
California saw the deadliest day for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Wednesday, the state reported 293 new deaths, breaking the record set Friday of 225. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state to over 21,000.
It wasn't the only grim milestone passed by the state. Over 53,000 new cases, the highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases, bringing the total throughout California to over one-point-six million
"I don't know, of course, it's alarming, any death is just sad," said the person who wished to remain anonymous.
A snapshot of the daily COVID-19 cases on Monday in Butte County does not show the newly hundreds of cases that were added after Public Health staff was able to overcome a backlog. The graph Wednesday shows the spike is bigger than the county has ever seen before.
Almost 900 new cases of the virus reported in Butte County in just one week. The week between December 8th through the 14th.
Some people Action News Now spoke with feel numbers like these are coming out now because people in the county have become too comfortable.
"I'm not gonna lie to some degree some of us become numb to it," the anonymous person said. "It's so much information, it's just all hard, it's not easy for sure."
ICU capacity in the Greater Sacramento Region which Butte County is a part of decreased from 14.8% To 14.1%.
Even if ICU capacity increases past the 15% threshold, the region remains in the stay-at-home order until January 1, 2021.