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Public Health: Butte County COVID-19 rates moving in the right direction

Butte County Public Health (BCPH) announced on Wednesday that the county's case rate and test positivity rate have gone below the Tier 1, also known as the "purple tier."

Posted: Sep 23, 2020 3:59 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2020 4:00 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County Public Health (BCPH) announced on Wednesday that the county's case rate and test positivity rate have gone below the Tier 1, also known as the "purple tier."

As part of the State’s new Blueprint for a Safer Economy, every Tuesday the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reviews county-specific data and updates the color-coded tier status for each county.

The four tiers determine which businesses and activities may be open based on case rate and test positivity rate.

BCPH announced that on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the updated weekly case rate and test positivity rate for Butte County have gone below the Tier 1, also known as the purple tier, threshold. The purple tier is the most restrictive tier and requires most businesses and activities to modify operations for outdoors only.

According to BCPH, the current case rate is 6.6 cases per 100,000 residents with a 4.3% test positivity rate. If Butte County remains below the Tier 1 threshold for one more week, the county will qualify to move into Tier 2, also known as the red tier, which is a less restrictive tier.

To learn what can open in Tier 2, view the PDF provided by the CDPH below, or click here.

"While this is very good news for Butte County, a word of caution is needed," said BCPH in a news release. "This reduction in cases may be attributed to the temporary closure and relocation of the State’s OptumServe testing site. On September 9, 2020, OptumServe had to vacate their original location at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds to make room for Cal Fire to conduct important work related to the North Complex West Zone Fire."

Because of this, BCPH says it could be possible that the county's case rates will increase with next week's data update, which would result in the county remaining in the purple tier.

On Wednesday, Butte County Public Health confirmed 12 new cases and three more deaths. The total number of confirmed cases in the county stands at 2,744, with 2,597 recovered cases, according to BCPH's data.

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