Oroville — With the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Butte County Public Health Department announced four other deaths over the weekend. The county office warned in a press release that it is expected to verify more deaths this week, but the office is waiting for a review of medical records and confirmation of death certificates before making any announcements.
The county health office confirmed that the death toll was between 55 to 64, 65 to 75, and 75. Of the 17,562 confirmed cases in the county, 4,040 were attributed to these age ranges. The age range with the most positive cases is still 18 to 24 years old.
Among the higher age groups, the number of deaths attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to remain high. Of the 221 confirmed deaths, 144 were 75 years of age and older.
“Usually, the number of hospitalizations increases 1 to 2 weeks after the increase in hospitalizations, and the number of deaths increases within 1 to 2 weeks after the increase in hospitalizations. Then, because we collected the required information to determine that the death was caused by COVID-19 , So the time to report the death will be further delayed,” Linda Lewis, a public health researcher at the Butte County Public Health Bureau, said at a press conference. “Sadly, if more people were vaccinated, many of these deaths could have been avoided.”
The Butte County Public Health Department stated in a press release on Monday that only 4% of 25 deaths under the age of 80 have been vaccinated since April 15.
According to county data, 44.34% of people in the county still have not been vaccinated. The county’s residents who were only partially vaccinated accounted for 7.61%.
“Since the most recent surge began in late July, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Butte County has increased by 19. Sixteen of these deaths have been reported in the past 7 days,” the Butte County Public Health Department wrote in its press release. “Since the pandemic began, Butte County has lost 221 residents and another 56 people may die.”
The county stated in a press release that it defines possible death as a “rapid” antigen test rather than a viral PCR test.
The current wave of COVID-19 cases peaked during the week of August 24-30, when 949 cases were confirmed. From September 7 to 13, the county reported 766 cases.
Butte County Public Health encourages those who have not yet been vaccinated to vaccinate “as soon as possible”, and those who have not yet received the second double-dose vaccine to reschedule even if it is outside the recommended time frame.
The COVID-19 vaccine is still widely available throughout the county. A list of clinics that provide vaccines can be found on the Butte County website.
For more information about COVID-19 in Butte County, please visit http://www.buttecounty.net/ph/COVID19 or call Butte County COVID-19 Hotline 552-3050.