Huge COVID-19 spike for Butte County

Holiday weekend brings 62 more positive tests amid a 100-case week

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Butte County rose by 62 today (July 6), by far the biggest increase since the beginning of the pandemic. The number, which brought the county’s total to 268, reflects tests taken over the entire three-day Fourth of July weekend and comes on the heels of California announcing its largest one day total of cases—11,529 on Sunday (July 5).

The local spike announced today is two-and-a-half times greater than Butte County Public Health’s previous one-day high of 25 last Monday (June 29). More than a third of the total confirmed cases, 100, were recorded over the past week. Currently 108 people with the virus are in isolation, four of whom remain hospitalized. So far, three people in the county have died due to the coronavirus.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s face-covering mandate, for those in any indoor public space, remains in place. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and Butte County Public Health have announced that cloth face coverings—when used in conjunction with diligent hand-washing and physical distancing—can help reduce the spread of coronavirus.


    • Yes, and the percentage of positive tests is rising quickly too….which means there ARE drastically more people contracting the disease now.

      Please, is it too much to ask that we stay out of bars and house parties for a while longer, and wear masks in high traffic/indoor areas? I wear a mask every spring when I go outside just to mitigate allergies. Painters, lab technicians, doctors, nurses, chemists, fighter pilots, etc all wear masks every day for work. Can we do this for just a little bit of our days, on the off chance it saves lives?

    • No, that’s not it. There’s a much higher positivity rate. Basically it’s spreading fast especially among those under 40. But by all means bury your head in the sand and pretend it’s not.

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