The extra $600 weekly unemployment boost is set to expire Friday and Capitol Hill stalls the next phase of relief. A group of a thousand health experts are calling for another shutdown as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Butte County surpassed 900 positive coronavirus cases Thursday. Seven people in the county have passed away due to the virus. 168 individuals are in isolation, seven currently hospitalized, and 725 people recovered. 453 cases in Chico, 280 in Oroville, 131 in Gridley and Biggs, 23 on the Ridge, 12 in Durham, and eight are in other parts of the county. Butte County has performed more than 18,000 viral tests.
City leaders decided to follow the state's coronavirus mask mandate. They say wearing a mask will be required in public places, where you are not able to social distance from others. Businesses that are supposed to be closed due to Butte County being on the state watch list but that are still operating -- will begin receiving violation notices.
Butte County announced its first case this year of West Nile Virus in a person Thursday. July through October is the peak time for West Nile. Mosquito control told Action News Now that the virus has been detected in test chickens in Palermo and west of Chico for more information on how to stay safe, Click Here.
In the Modoc National Forest, the Caldwell Fire has burned over 80,000 acres between Modoc and Siskiyou counties with 61% containment. Most evacuation orders have been lifted, but one remains in effect for the Medicine Lake recreation area.
The Gold Fire in Lassen County, burning near Adin for more than a week now, has scorched nearly 22,000 acres. It is now 80% contained. Some mandatory evacuations orders are still in place. Click Here for the latest updates on wildfires across the North State.
President Trump floats idea of election delay
Three months until the presidential election, President Donald Trump is suggesting it be pushed back. President Trump again pushed claims that mail-in voting would cause rampant voter fraud. However, the president does not have the power to delay an election. That decision is up to Congress, and GOP leaders say they would not support such a delay.