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Several hundred cases of COVID-19 in Butte County overwhelm staff

Several hundred cases of COVID-19 have overwhelmed Butte County Public Health staff that are verifying, contact tracing, and investigating each case.

Posted: Dec 15, 2020 3:03 AM
Updated: Dec 15, 2020 8:15 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County Public Health announced Monday staff was overwhelmed with 'several hundred cases' of COVID-19.

These cases will take staff days to verify, contact trace, and case investigate every probable and positive case.

"There are several hundred cases in Butte County that need to be verified. The number of COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend is too large for Public Health staff to fully verify all of the cases in time for [Monday]'s update," said Lisa Almaguer, Butte County Public Health Public Information Officer.

No update on the number of COVID-19 cases in the county was provided Monday because of the overwhelming workload.

"We never post to the dashboard until we are sure that we have verified each of those cases and that takes quite a bit of time," said Almaguer over the phone. "With several hundred cases, our staff is not able to complete that work even though they had worked over the weekend and all day today."

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This case increase is attributed to gatherings, schools, workplace, and household spread, as well as the county seeing a surge after Thanksgiving.

"Part of it is Thanksgiving gatherings and cases associated with that," she said.

This large increase in limbo has people in Butte County on edge.

"At the beginning of the year, when things started I figured in a couple of months things would've started clearing up or that the virus wasn't as serious," said Alexis Alvarez. "But now that it's coming into next year things are really picking up, and it's starting to get a little worrying."

"People just think it's not gonna actually come around, but as you can clearly see," said Gabby Gensaw, "It's gonna shut everything down again."

"Cases in Butte County have been increasing every week for many weeks and as Christmas approaches and more family gatherings may happen, even though we suggest not to gather with anyone outside of your home," said Almaguer. "These cases will likely continue to increase."

To slow the spread of the virus, continue to do what Butte County has always preached, wear your mask, socially distant and stay home if you're sick.

Butte County has added 746 new cases of COVID-19 since the start of this month.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3563578

Reported Deaths: 51953
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Yolo12816185
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Sutter884597
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Yuba573336
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Lake315341
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