Reopening Rollback in Butte County?

Glenn County is one of 19 counties on Governor Gavin Newsom's watch list. Action News Now asked Public Health officials why Butte County isn't on the list when it has almost a hundred more cases than Glenn.

Posted: Jul 2, 2020 5:33 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- In the last two weeks, cases and hospitalizations in California are up some 50%. About 70% of California had to shut down bars and indoor dining.

Glenn County is one of 19 counties on Governor Gavin Newsom's watch list. Action News Now asked Public Health officials why Butte County isn't on the list when it has almost a hundred more cases than Glenn.

The conversation of us dialing back or dimming the switch has not been the prominent conversation,” said Butte County Public Health official Lisa Almaguer. “We have seen a significant increase in cases and it does concern us to some extent, but at the same time our ability to contact trace and test is in a good position right now.”

The state put Glenn County on the list because it didn't meet three of the six markers: new case rate, test positivity rate, and number of daily tests.

The other three are hospitalizations, ICU bed and ventilator availability.

“They look at the metrics and they notify Butte County if they see any concerning trends and at that point they will offer up some physical or technical support,” said Almaguer.

Almaguer says the state already gave Butte County four additional contact tracers this week.

“We at this time rely on the state's guidance and the state's mandates and on Monday we did release a press release urging the public to follow the face covering mandate by the state,” said Almaguer.

Almaguer says the department will not put out extra guidelines.

To put Glenn's situation in perspective, last week it had 65 cases at 115. In Northern California, Sacramento, Solano, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties are also on the list of 19.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 526685

Reported Deaths: 9684
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1958054760
Riverside38487738
Orange38066653
San Bernardino34017477
San Diego30516568
Kern21228151
Fresno15759138
San Joaquin11958180
Alameda11909192
Santa Clara11030192
Sacramento10174148
Tulare9990193
Imperial9513232
Stanislaus9308135
Contra Costa8176131
Ventura787777
San Francisco698961
Santa Barbara652663
San Mateo5744120
Marin518076
Monterey496634
Merced458351
Kings445356
Solano380638
Sonoma311339
Madera211432
Placer195318
San Luis Obispo192616
Yolo161442
Santa Cruz11964
Butte10128
Napa9809
Sutter8406
San Benito6894
El Dorado6681
Lassen6320
Yuba5334
Shasta3979
Colusa3574
Mendocino3419
Glenn3321
Nevada3161
Tehama2461
Humboldt2454
Lake2111
Mono1451
Tuolumne1442
Amador1370
Calaveras1361
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Siskiyou880
Inyo641
Mariposa592
Plumas330
Trinity50
Modoc40
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Alpine20
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