College-age COVID spike and three new deaths in county

Fifteen positive coronavirus cases at apartment complex near Chico State

(Image courtesy of Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

Butte County Public Health announced today (Aug. 26) that a cluster of more than 15 new positive COVID-19 cases have been identified at one apartment complex near the Chico State campus. Those infected are between the ages of 18 and 24, and least one case has been linked to a second outbreak at a local workplace.

The news comes three days after Chico State opened its fall semester with students attending virtual classes.

Local public health officials also confirmed three additional COVID-19 deaths in Butte County. All were among people “living in congregate settings for those who need additional care,” according to the press release, including one person in in their 50s “with with underlying health conditions.”

There have now been 21 COVID-19 deaths in Butte County out of 1,744 confirmed cases. Currently, there are 265 in the county in isolation, 14 of whom remain hospitalized.

Public health reminds all residents, “especially those ages 18-24, how quickly COVID-19 spreads from person to person,” particularly indoors. Physical distancing and face-covering measures remain critical for reducing the spread of the virus.

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