Several counties in California are asking people to mask up again

Local public health leaders spoke about the threat of the Delta variant and what it means for mask mandates.

Posted: Jul 22, 2021 7:54 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2021 10:34 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.  - Butte County Public Health said that it does not currently have plans to enforce any mask rules but says the Delta variant is spreading rapidly in the county.

Due to the increase in Delta variant COVID-19 cases, Doctor Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday, "You might want to consider wearing a mask when indoors,” or in particularly crowded places.

This is even if you are vaccinated.

BCPH said it is not able to test for the Delta variant in Butte County.

The B117 variant is the most prominent in the county but the Delta variant is also becoming more prominent, according to BCPH.

This raises concerns for some.

"It does concern me actually,” Chico resident Ron Blacksten said. “I am old now with COPD that it could really mess me up so I hope to God that it doesn't break out like it did originally. No one is talking about a lockdown or anything so I guess we are okay there so I am just hoping the vaccine I have holds it off."

On July 13, Butte County Public Health reported 65 new cases and on July 20 it reported 120 new cases.

The last COVID-19 related death reported was on June 16.

Butte County said it saw a big increase in new cases from July 13 to July 20 because of several reported isolated outbreaks.

Public health said current COVID-19 vaccines are 80% effective against the Delta variant.

People in Los Angeles County have already been ordered to mask up due to the Delta variant and people in Yolo County are being encouraged to mask up.

Chico
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 62°
Paradise
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 66°
Chester
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 64°
Red Bluff
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 64°
Willows
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 66°
It's a warmer and windier day for our area in the wake of the storm from this weekend. A Red Flag Warning continues for the valley through 8pm and for the Sierra through late Tuesday morning, with hotter weather returning.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events