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.