REDDING, Calif.-Bigger cities are seeing a bigger spike in coronavirus cases, but health experts warning it may take longer for our area to peak.
This could mean that people in Shasta, Butte, Tehama and surrounding counties could be staying at home longer.
Shasta County health officials say the county is benefitting from the governor's stay-at-home order.
Even though cases in the county have risen, people tell Action News Now, they're optimistic that the safety measures in place are working to flatten the curve.
"I don't think we're going to have that much trouble in rural areas, you know, we're not that compacted like big cities are and there's not enough cases for it to be this much of a panic, I really am kind of mystified," says Regina Wyatt, who lives in Redding.
Health officials still urge people to limit contact as much as possible and to follow the stay-at-home order.
Healthcare workers say they recognize the mental and physical toll that staying in place longer could have on people.
In Butte County, the health department continues to stress the importance of how social distancing can help to reduce exposure.
Despite the coronavirus threat, health officials say they're looking for ways to offer more services online or from a distance.