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Coronavirus cases surge, health experts warn of third wave

Friday shattered the record of positive tests in a single day with over 91,000 cases nationwide.

Posted: Oct 30, 2020 11:53 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2020 11:53 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Health experts have been predicting a third wave in coronavirus cases come the fall and winter seasons--

A graph directly from the CDC's COVID-19 tracker shows this pandemic has shown no signs of slowing down.

Friday shattered the record of positive tests in a single day with over 91,000 cases nationwide.

People in Butte County shared their reaction to these numbers, and how it affects their upcoming holiday plans.

"Shoot man. One-thousand people in one day. That's scary," said Phillip Macy, who plans to have Thanksgiving with his family. "That's straight-up scary honestly."

"We do have some indications that we may be ticking upwards though," said Butte County Public Health Epidemiologist Linda Lewis. "I just would like to encourage people to adhere to guidance."

"Of course there's a fear there, but I'm just going to stay close to my family," said Macy. "Yeah, it scares me quite a lot, but over time, I've seen my family and I've been kind of close to my family and that's about it."

"That's usually the time that I see all my extended family and such," said Brandon Fry, with his dog Miko sitting next to him.

"I honestly don't know if I'll actually get to see them," Fry said when asked if he'd see family this holiday season. "I know some aren't taking it as seriously as others, and that kind of worries me too if we get together so."

"Thanksgiving plans, probably just at home but we might try to include another family," said author Melina Watts.

"Christmas probably again just at home because my Dad is older and what if I show up and bring something to the table that isn't fun you know?" said Watts about getting together with family members this holiday season. "So we're just being careful."

"I'm not trying to spread it to anybody in general," said Jaxon Elmore, a nursing student at Chico State.

Still, some people will not be adhering to the guidance come Thanksgiving.

"You know, even with all the numbers, there's no fear," said Brent Silberbauer, who will continue to spend the holidays without precautions.

"I don't have any fear at all of COVID-19, so for Thanksgiving what we're doing is we're having family over at our house, making a big turkey. I just don't believe that the virus is very dangerous," he said. "I just feel like the pandemic is on its way out."

"No, no it's just not," said Lewis. "What my message would be is to keep updated on what the recommendations are around gatherings and follow those, because it's the only tool we have right now. This can be a very nasty virus, it's unpredictable as to who it affects severely."

Another graph from the CDC shows more than 900 people have died from COVID-19 in three consecutive days.

Thursday was the eleventh time for the month of October where deaths have surpassed 900.

Five of those have hit the one-thousand mark.

The United States has more positive COVID-19 cases than any other country in the world by almost one million.

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