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Chico City Council discusses COVID-19 response plan

The City of Chico held a council meeting on April 7th.

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 10:21 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2020 8:41 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico held a closed city council meeting Tuesday to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how the city plans to help.

City Manager Mark Orme discussed the four buckets he believes could slow the speed of COVID-19.

The continuity of essential city services, protecting vulnerable populations, mitigating impacts to businesses and jobs, and management of public space.

“If in fact, COVID-19 breaches our organization, a police officer or a firefighter, or any other individual, we would still be able to provide services without having to quarantine a whole shift,” said Orme.

Chico police, fire, and code enforcement have all taken steps to keep its employees safe by going mobile, modifying work schedules and quarantining anybody with symptoms.

“I actively hired a Homeless Solutions Coordinator. Joy came on board in the past week and has been hitting the ground running with our county partners and all of our service providers. She is ensuring that our homeless population is getting those resources necessary like a place with a roof over their head, especially if they already have been tested for COVID-19. We need to get them isolated and into a safe place,” said Orme.

The City is also working with the county to help the homeless population shelter in hotels, especially those most vulnerable or symptomatic. This is called Project Room Key.

There is no encampment sweeps. The city will open up more porter potties and handwashing stations. The city will also provide more signage, increase its social media presence and website resources for the public.

Meter fees will be canceled during this time. The city hopes it will encourage people to shop locally. It has also waived all convenience fees.

The City of Chico says its hotline is still open for business support and citizens’ reports.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 302484

Reported Deaths: 6859
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1249923690
Riverside23334533
Orange21517402
San Diego18402415
San Bernardino17414304
Imperial7654127
Fresno762787
Alameda7407146
San Joaquin606567
Kern597989
Santa Clara5678166
Tulare5509148
Sacramento493278
Stanislaus436450
Contra Costa435788
San Francisco414550
Ventura409353
Santa Barbara386829
San Mateo3787111
Marin322730
Kings285539
Monterey234317
Solano198527
Merced179312
Sonoma151914
Placer99311
San Luis Obispo8774
Madera8578
Yolo80228
Santa Cruz5063
Napa4664
Sutter3374
Butte3194
San Benito3112
El Dorado2920
Lassen2690
Shasta1766
Yuba1633
Humboldt1614
Glenn1590
Nevada1591
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Lake1011
Tehama981
Calaveras610
Tuolumne600
Del Norte580
Mono491
Amador360
Inyo341
Siskiyou330
Mariposa311
Plumas150
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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