BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Health Officials are seeing a spike in coronavirus cases in the North State area. It's a pattern playing out in communities across the state and country.
Action News Now spoke with community members and local businesses about the recent increase in cases. Many say they are concerned but are taking necessary safety precautions.
Celeste Baker, who is the owner of Birkenstock in downtown Chico said, "When there are more cases, people are worried so they stop coming out. I’m also concerned in general about the increase in cases."
Baker says they are asking people to wear masks, sanitize their hands, and they are sanitizing chairs and counters as customers are coming in and out of the shoe shop.
Terri Richman, from Chico, says she's also concerned about an increase in cases. "I'm not surprised, but concerned, I think its good to know so those of us that want to protect ourselves can."
Butte County Public Health communications manager, Lisa Almaguer says they have activated additional contact tracers throughout the county in response to this increase.
"We are still investigating details of the new cases, many appear to be close contact and small gatherings such as barbecues and celebrations," she said.
Almaguer says as of right now, this is not affecting reopening plans but that could change."There hasn’t been any conversation about dialing anything back as it relates to the state's roadmap of reopening."
She says the state will continue monitoring all counties and will reach out to see if there are any concerning trends.
Butte County Public Health officials are also reminding everyone that gatherings are still not permitted under the governor’s order.