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Paradise woman battling Covid-19 shares her story

As Butte County remains in the Purple Tier, COVID-19 cases are impacting families, Action News Now spoke to one Paradise woman about her complications.

Posted: Nov 30, 2020 10:49 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - As Butte County remains in the Purple Tier, COVID-19 cases are impacting families, Action News Now spoke to one Paradise woman about her complications. 

"I wash my hands constantly. Anytime there is a hand sanitizer, I mean my hands are gross from all the hand sanitizer. I wear a mask anytime I go somewhere," shared Victoria Sinclaire. "We stay home a lot more. As far as I can tell I have basically done everything to minimize my risk. We did have my parents come over on Thanksgiving."

Sinclaire says she mainly stayed around family, and has no idea how she would have gotten COVID-19. She says Thanksgiving day she felt fine, but started feeling symptoms Black Friday, then was diagnosed with COVID-19 Saturday.

"You know when the doctor came in and said you tested positive for COVID, I was like there's no way... I am not needing to be on a ventilator, I did not feel like I was sick enough to have COVID," said Sinclaire. 

Sinclaire says because of her weight, the doctors told her she needs to watch her oxygen levels, so they gave her a pulse oximeter.

"This is the normal one that you put on your finger, because I have fake nails, I have to wear it sideways and it records it," said Sinclaire. "Right now, I am 95 which is awesome. Normally I am 100, but 95 I will take."

Doctors told Sinclaire anything below 89 she has to go back in. She added it's been hard, because her two grandkids live with her, one of her daughters, and her husband.

They were told unless they start having symptoms they don't need to be tested, so she is quarantining alone in her room. She says it feels like she has a bad influenza.

"I feel like I have something really heavy on my chest, that makes it hard to take a deep breath or want to," said Sinclaire. "I am trying not to cough because when I cough it feels like your brain is being thrown against the skull really hard."

Through all of this Sinclaire has one message for others.

"It's like the yeah this is really inconvenient to wear a mask, but it's like if that is the worst part of your day, be thankful because having COVID is way worse than wearing a mask," said Sinclaire.

Right now Sinclaire is still at home, but if her oxygen levels keep dropping she will have to go to the hospital. 

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3055568

Reported Deaths: 34441
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103280614122
San Bernardino2561091560
Riverside2504362645
San Diego2168352109
Orange2148082477
Santa Clara943661109
Kern86718565
Fresno82485968
Sacramento806781111
Alameda67952765
Ventura62101436
San Joaquin58290786
Contra Costa52965450
Stanislaus42882758
Tulare41867506
Monterey36126255
San Mateo32596309
San Francisco29321262
Solano25806106
Imperial25317465
Santa Barbara25083236
Merced24452308
Sonoma24068240
Kings19435145
Placer17380180
San Luis Obispo15929136
Madera13443151
Santa Cruz12298113
Marin11693157
Yolo10620131
Shasta9776122
Butte9474123
El Dorado782644
Sutter775478
Napa760140
Lassen519516
San Benito496343
Yuba495127
Tehama397142
Tuolumne338240
Nevada320673
Mendocino311432
Amador301631
Lake261230
Humboldt239324
Glenn193519
Colusa17339
Calaveras161723
Siskiyou144613
Mono11214
Inyo97429
Del Norte8662
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Sierra820
Alpine730
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