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.