SEVERE WX : Excessive Heat Warning View Alerts

New coronavirus testing lab up and running in Butte County

A new coronavirus testing lab is now up and running in Chico. Action News Now Kristian Lopez reports.

Posted: May 1, 2020 4:29 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – A new coronavirus testing lab has been set up inside the Butte County Public Health Department, it has the ability to test up to 40 samples a day.

This was the lab's first week of processing coronavirus tests.

They do not physically test any patients at the location. Local health care providers and hospitals will test people and send the specimens to the lab.

The test samples go through several stages, then go into a machine that will show if they’re positive or negative.

“Our duty is to serve the community and so that’s what our goal is every day,” Regina Bertolucci, Supervising Public Health Microbiologist said. “COVID-19 is a pandemic that is important to everyone. It’s important for us to help.”

When a health care provider or hospital sends a sample for testing they will be able to get the results within a few hours. Bertolucci said having another testing facility will help health officials better understand the coronavirus infection rate in Butte County.

RELATED: Immediate Care will offer rapid coronavirus testing in Chico

The lab was funded by a $250,000 donation from North Valley Community Foundation.

Another new state-run testing site is opening up at the Red Bluff Community Center and will open on May 5. The Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico and Shasta College in Redding are also receiving new testing sites - It’s part of California’s initiative to open up 80 new testing sites.

Click Here for continuing coronavirus coverage.

Scroll for more content...

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 101050

Reported Deaths: 3895
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles487612201
Riverside7139303
San Diego6882249
Orange5646136
San Bernardino4567176
Alameda304993
Santa Clara2688140
San Francisco240840
San Mateo196382
Kern194136
Tulare179679
Santa Barbara160412
Fresno153526
Contra Costa137537
Imperial135224
Sacramento131956
Ventura101732
San Joaquin77133
Kings6983
Stanislaus67028
Sonoma5244
Solano49920
Monterey4298
Marin42014
Merced2737
San Luis Obispo2631
Santa Cruz2052
Yolo20022
Placer1949
Napa1093
Humboldt982
Madera902
El Dorado800
San Benito762
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Del Norte400
Shasta374
Mono351
Yuba281
Mendocino230
Lake190
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Glenn130
Amador100
Siskiyou61
Colusa50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Lassen40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 81°
Oroville
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 104° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 81°
Paradise
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 81°
Chester
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 69°
Red Bluff
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 104° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 82°
Willows
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 107° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Today a heat wave continues but tomorrow night rain moves in, lasting into Saturday with much cooler temperatures. We warm up again on Tuesday.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events