BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -- Butte County Public Health announced 71 new positive coronavirus cases Thursday alone. 71 cases mark Butte County's highest single-day increase since the pandemic started.
“Unfortunately, in spite of our ongoing work with businesses to gain compliance, and businesses doing the best they can to comply, cases continue to climb,” said Butte County Administrative Officer Shari McCracken.
Butte County Public Health officials say a spike in cases between 18-24-year-olds has emerged.
With Chico State now back in session, people in the downtown area Action News Now spoke to, say they're not surprised.
“I'm thinking it's cause of school for sure like it's gotten into the rhythm of things again so more people are starting to hang out,” said Luis L. He's a Chico State student who’s lived here for a month.
“I don't think people really care anymore honestly. If you look around everyone's not wearing masks and together and people are out eating and stuff,” another community member said.
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This spike comes one day after Chico State president Gayle Hutchinson urged students to take safety precautions.
“I don't really see masks and people aren't taking precautions you know,” Luis L. said.
"Unfortunately, I don't see enough masks when I walk around... It's disappointing,” said Chico local, Alejandro Law. “I think we've gone as far as we can. People who aren't going to wear a mask, aren't going to wear a mask no matter what happens.”
That’s why state and county public health officials continue urging folks to be personally responsible. No matter the age.
McCracken said, “Gatherings of people and not following safety guidelines are key contributors to our case growth, and those are on individuals. If individuals do not monitor their own behavior and take safety precautions, case numbers will continue to increase.”