CHICO, Calif. - Butte County Public Health announced four new coronavirus deaths, and local businesses and people in Chico are concerned.
“It’s pretty unfortunate news, because that means with the virus going around and death toll going up, it is very saddening to hear," said Jake Rodrigues. "It makes me worried about what is going to happen around Chico, especially.”
“Of course it’s concerning," said Leah. "I think that we have been pretty lucky here in our county up until now.”
Butte County now has two times the State's threshold and now more deaths.
People are reflecting on how they could’ve taken more safety precautions.
“The only thing I can think of at this point is wearing a mask sooner and isolating myself from people around me," said Rodrigues.
Some feel they have been taking all precautions possible.
“No, I can’t think of anything because I’ve worked in the medical field over the years and I have always been very cautious about sanitary conditions and have been a hand-washer most of my life,” said Leah.
One local business owner told Action News Now how this news has impacted him.
"I think people don’t realize what this means," shared a manager at Celestinos, Enzo Perri. "You know death and contracting this disease it’s going to affect the whole community and I think we just have to be more vigilant and have to use more precautions and really quarantine and do what we can to really stop this because it’s terrible.”
Perri hopes this ultimately doesn’t hurt his business even more.
“We’re just one incident away from closing so we try to do our best to keep everybody safe," said Perri. "Customers don’t like it when we require masks but I have to protect my people, I have to protect myself, and we want to stay in business so it’s a balancing act for sure.”
Health officials at the press conference urged people to continue to sanitize and wear face coverings whenever possible.