Wastewater samples showing possible spike in coronavirus cases in Corning

New information shows far more people have coronavirus in Tehama County than have been confirmed through testing.

Posted: Jun 12, 2020 11:44 AM
Updated: Jun 12, 2020 10:20 PM

CORRECTION: Water samples never showed any signs coronavirus, and water in Corning is safe to drink, according to city manager, Kristina Miller. Only some “wastewater” samples showed evidence of COVID-19.

CORNING, Calif. – Tehama County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, a number of the cases have been identified in the Corning area, according to city officials. The city of Corning is urging people who are asymptomatic to get tested for COVID-19.

The county says a private company, Biobot Analytics, tested samples from the Corning Wastewater Treatment Plant each week in May to estimate the actual number of people who might be infected.

Health officials said some of these cases were community-acquired, whereby no specific place or event was identified to be the main source of infection.

On the week of May 19, samples showed approximately 35 cases could be from the Corning area. Health officials say this indicates the virus is more prevalent than previously thought.

RELATED: North State coronavirus cases

Now, Tehama County Public Health is urging everyone to get tested. Click Here to see where you can get tested in Tehama County.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 928028

Reported Deaths: 17618
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles3063277056
Riverside680501319
San Bernardino643671074
Orange597181475
San Diego56369888
Kern34154422
Fresno31321443
Sacramento26018500
Santa Clara24867406
Alameda23775463
San Joaquin21994492
Contra Costa18981246
Stanislaus17872401
Tulare17800292
Ventura14486166
Imperial13038338
San Francisco12320147
Monterey1161695
San Mateo11341161
Santa Barbara9919126
Sonoma9646136
Merced9623155
Kings850283
Solano763476
Marin7121127
Madera509476
Placer435359
San Luis Obispo426532
Yolo326660
Butte314353
Santa Cruz286125
Shasta204631
Napa200916
Sutter189712
San Benito146115
El Dorado13804
Yuba134610
Mendocino115621
Tehama9259
Lassen7721
Lake70417
Glenn6823
Nevada6358
Humboldt57110
Colusa5556
Calaveras34721
Amador33816
Tuolumne2886
Inyo24115
Siskiyou2210
Mono1822
Del Norte1811
Mariposa812
Plumas790
Modoc480
Trinity280
Alpine80
Sierra60
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 68°
Oroville
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 69°
Paradise
Few Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 68°
Chester
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 57°
Red Bluff
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 74°
Willows
Few Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 68°
We're closing out the month of October on a beautiful note weather-wise over northern California with plenty of sunshine and above-average temperatures. Halloween will bring slightly warmer temperatures and more sunshine.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events