CHICO – The number of confirmed COVID cases in Butte County has dropped in the past three months. However, the number of cases in the state is expected to increase by January.
As of December 15, 148 people have been isolated in Butte County and 27 people have been hospitalized due to the virus in Butte County, according to the Butte County Department of Public Health.
123 cases were confirmed during the week of December 7-13. This is less than half of the 285 cases confirmed from November 2 to 8, and less than one-eighth of the peak 990 cases confirmed from September 7 to 8. …
Unrelated to the decline in local approvals, a new mandate for statewide masks from the California Department of Health began on Wednesday.
“Following Thanksgiving, the statewide average seven-day morbidity rate increased 47% and hospital admissions increased 14%,” the California Department of Health said in a press release Monday.
The state health department said the new mandates will last until January 15, 2022, and the guidelines have been updated to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, including the omicron, which was first confirmed in California on December 1.
While the omicron has yet to be confirmed in Butte County, the Butte County Department of Public Health admitted that locally discovering a variant is only a matter of time.
“The information about the omicron does not change the current guidelines for what residents should do to continue to protect themselves from COVID-19 and its variants: get vaccinated, get boosted, put on a face mask indoors and, where necessary, get tested. regardless of vaccination. status and stay home if the test is positive or you have symptoms, ”the Butte County Public Health Department said on its website.
A new national mandate from the California Department of Public Health requires all people, including those who have been vaccinated, to wear face masks in all public areas; although certain health exceptions may apply.
In addition to the need for masks, mass public events will now require proof of vaccination or a negative test result in a day or two, depending on which test is being performed. The department recommends that travelers be tested for viruses three to five days after arriving at their destination.
California began vaccination eligibility for people aged five and over in early November. As of Wednesday, 51 percent of Butte County residents have been fully vaccinated, with a total of 324 deaths since March 2020.
General information about COVID in Butte County can be found at http://www.buttecounty.net/ph/COVID19.