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Butte County is seeing increase in breakthrough COVID-19 cases

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County Public Health reported delta variant cases are affecting vaccinated people as well.

Public Health said unvaccinated kids under 12 years old are testing positive at a higher rate than before.

"This pandemic is far from over,” Public Information Officer for Butte County Public Health Lisa Almaguer said. “Please continue to take additional steps to stop the spread of illness including wearing a face covering when indoors or when required to do so. Wash your hands often, avoid gatherings where the vaccination status of others could be unknown. Stay home if you are sick and get tested if you have a known exposure or symptoms.”

Enloe Medical Center said 88% to 92% of people currently infected with COVID-19 at the hospital are unvaccinated and although vaccinations rates in Butte County are low, it has not had to throw any doses away.

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On June 10, 70 people were in isolation. Now, 780 people are actively infected and in isolation.

Public Health said the fight to end this virus and the pandemic is far from over.

“Last winter we were admitting just about 2% of all patients who were isolated for COVID in Butte County,” Chief Medical Officer for Enloe Hospital Marcia Nelson said. “In late summer, that number is up to 5%. We are planning for it to be up to 10% and if that happens we could have almost 100 patients in Enloe alone with COVID.”

Enloe already opened up the third ICU and expanded its emergency department waiting area.

Enloe said this past weekend saw the most COVID-19 patients ever. Now, they may have to take some drastic measures.

The hospital has no choice but to cut back on its surgery capacity again reducing its elective surgeries by 60%.

Right now, most patients admitted for COVID-19 at the hospital are between 55 and 65 years old.

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