Two more coronavirus deaths in Butte County

Public Health announces additional fatalities as numbers rise across the country

An apoptotic cell (purple) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles. (Photo courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Two new local COVID-19 deaths were announced by Butte County Public Health this morning (July 27). The total number of deaths in Butte County attributed to the disease is now seven.

According to a press release: “Both individuals were residents of a skilled nursing facility … but they were also both hospitalized at the time of their deaths. One was in their 70s and one was in their 90s.”

The local news comes as coronavirus death rates are once again beginning to rise in both California and the U.S. On July 3, California’s 14-day rolling average of daily COVID-19 deaths was 64, and by July 25 that number had shot up to 98 per day. Nationally, the seven-day average of deaths climbed from 471 per day on July 5 to a seven-day average of 912 per day on July 26.

As of July 24, public health had reported 758 coronavirus cases in Butte County, with 571 having recovered and 181 in isolation (three of which were hospitalized at the time).

Health officials caution that those over 65 years old and/or those with pre-existing medical conditions are at increased risk of developing serious medical complications due to COVID-19. As part of the state’s shelter-in-place directive, those individuals should isolate at home during the pandemic.

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