170 inmates test positive for the coronavirus within Butte County jail

The Butte County Jail says it has currently 29 active COVID-19 cases within its population.

Posted: Jul 10, 2020 10:29 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 5:40 PM

5:05 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 - The Butte County Jail says now 170 inmates have tested positive within the jail.

Officials say 165 of those inmates have recovered. There have also been 17 staff members who tested positive with 15 of them having already recovered, the jail says.

Butte County Public Health says it does count jail inmates within its cases and most are counted as Oroville cases in the number breakdown.

Lisa Almaguer of public health added some are being counted according to a home address.


UPDATE: 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 - More staff and inmates have tested positive at the Butte County Jail, according to the jail's website.

So far, 141 inmates have tested positive, with 110 of those having already recovered.

There have also been 15 staff members who have tested positive, 13 of those already recovered.

595 inmate tests and 231 staff tests have been completed to date.


UPDATE: 7:35 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 - The Butte County Jail says it has currently 29 active COVID-19 cases within its inmate population, as of Aug. 7.

So far, 129 inmates have tested positive and 100 have recovered. 348 inmates have tested negative for the virus.

There have also been 13 staff members who have tested positive. Six of whom the jail says have recovered and returned to work.

At this time, the jail has 484 inmates in custody.


UPDATE: 2:05 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2020 - Over 100 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Butte County jail, according to the sheriff's Covid-19 page.

As of Friday, the Butte County jail currently has 102 positive in-custody inmate coronavirus cases. 24 inmates coronavirus tests are pending. 

The sheriff's office said it has conducted 200 tests on staff members, and that a total of two staff cases of coronavirus to-date.

11 inmates have recovered from the virus and 289 have tested negative. Currently, the jails inmate population is 468. On Thursday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea provided an update on the coronavirus outbreak in the jail. Click Here to watch.


UPDATE: 9:14 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2020 - The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed late Sunday, there are now 71 inmates at the jail who have tested positive for coronavirus. This is an increase of 41 cases in just two days.

One inmate was taken to the hospital for observation, according to BCSO. Sheriff Kory Honea said that inmates had mild symptoms, were being isolated, and that no staff members have tested positive.

The sheriff said the department is testing and sanitizing, giving inmates new masks, and working closely with the health department.

On Friday, visitations were suspended for the Butte County jail, as officials work to control the outbreak. Read more 


UPDATE: 5:28 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 23 more inmates in the Butte County Jail have tested positive for coronavirus.

The sheriff's office says now 29 people have tested positive within the jail, including the six who tested positive on July 10.

All are being treated by in-house medical staff and are all isolated, according to the sheriff's office.


BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Six inmates in the Butte County jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

The sheriff's office says the six are now isolated in their own housing units and all of them were asymptomatic.

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Earlier in the week, one inmate tested positive, and, according to the sheriff's office, 34 inmates were potentially exposed.

Testing is being done on those inmates and five have come back positive for the virus. The rest of the group will be re-tested on Monday, July 13.

All employees were also tested, but none were infected.

This comes after the sheriff's office announced its first inmate testing positive, back in late May.

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