What you need to know: March 23

Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on March 23.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 9:16 AM

Butte County Public Health confirms first two positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend

Butte County Public Health officials have confirmed the first two positive coronavirus cases in Butte County. Public health says the first case is a man from Chico, over the age of 65. They say he is dealing with mild symptoms from the virus, and is currently self quarantined in his home. Public health is still working to find out where he became infected. The second case is an adult who is also experiencing mild illness. Health officials are not saying if it's a man or woman, but do say their case is travel related.

Public Health Officials confirm second positive case of COVID-19 in Shasta County

There are now two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Shasta County. Public health says a woman in her 70s tested positive, she is now in isolation at a local hospital. Health officials tell Action News Now the patient recently traveled to an area in the state where the virus is known to be present. Right now, the health department is working to identify others who are at risk of the infection and will issue quarantine orders as necessary. Action News Now will update as new information becomes available.

North State coronavirus cases

Glenn, Tehama, Trinity, and Modoc all say they have no confirmed cases. Siskiyou County has two confirmed cases and Yuba-Sutter County announced its third case over the weekend.

Butte County Jail suspends visitation due to coronavirus outbreak

And with Butte County's first confirmed cases of the coronavirus -- a representative from the Butte County Jail says the jail will be suspending public visitation. The sheriff's office says they will begin working on other ways for inmates to have contact with family members.

The latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases across the world

We are tracking the spread of the coronavirus this morning. Around the world cases of the coronavirus have passed 350,000. In the U.S. the number of cases shot up over the weekend - breaking 35,530 confirmed cases and over 473 deaths. In California, doctors have confirmed at least 1,800 cases across the state.

President Donald Trump approves major disaster declaration for California

President Trump approved Governor Gavin Newsom's request to declare a major disaster in California. The declaration will free up disaster assistance aid for the state and will lessen the economic impacts on those affected by the outbreak. The declaration will also provide additional assistance like mass care, crisis counseling, disaster case management, disaster unemployment and more.

Gov. Newsom takes action to strengthen California’s health care delivery system to respond to COVID-19

Governor Gavin Newsom pledged to direct $42 million to expand California’s healthcare infrastructure. Governor Newsom spoke about the plan at a weekend news conference. The money would go toward leasing two medical centers and securing equipment to help the state respond to the coronavirus. He also said the state is focusing on taking care of its most vulnerable - including the homeless.

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