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The out­break of COVID-19 has rapidly changed ev­ery­day life in Butte County. It is a quick-mov­ing sit­u­a­tion in which it is im­por­tant to stay in­formed. This is a list of ba­sic in­for­ma­tion and re­sources. It will be up­dated.

Last up­date: 4:30 p.m. Fri­day

By the num­bers (through Fri­day)

Butte County: 338 con­firmed cases (in­crease of 19 from Thurs­day) with 197 re­cov­er­ies, nine hos­pi­tal­ized, four deaths. 12,641 to­tal tests.

Glenn County: 164 con­firmed cases (in­crease of five from Thurs­day) with 118 re­cov­er­ies, five hos­pi­tal­ized, no deaths. 1,448 to­tal tests.

Te­hama County: 104 con­firmed cases (in­crease of six from Wed­nes­day) with 86 re­cov­er­ies, one death. 4,623 to­tal tests.

What’s open and what’s closed?

Both the state and county have taken steps to loosen the stay-at-home or­der. They could tighten the or­der again if in­fec­tions spike. Pub­lic health of­fi­cials say so­cially dis­tanc­ing and cov­er­ing your face re­mains key.

Gov. Gavin New­som added Glenn County, along with 18 other Cal­i­for­nia coun­ties, to a watch list for wors­en­ing COVID-19 trends. On Wed­nes­day, July 1, Glenn County was no­ti­fied that bars, pubs, winer­ies and brew­eries must close, while restau­rants can only op­er­ate with take­out, de­liv­ery or out­door seat­ing op­tions.

Ad­di­tion­ally, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment cen­ters, mu­se­ums and zoos and card rooms must re­main closed. The restric­tions will re­main in ef­fect for three weeks.

New­som is­sued an or­der Thurs­day, June 18 re­quir­ing all Cal­i­for­ni­ans to wear face cov­er­ings or masks in most pub­lic set­tings, in­clud­ing while shop­ping and seek­ing med­i­cal care.

New­som said June 5 that Cal­i­for­nia will al­low schools, day camps, bars and winer­ies, gyms, campground­s and RV Parks, casi­nos and card rooms, ho­tels, lodg­ing, short-term rentals, film, TV and mu­sic pro­duc­tion, mu­se­ums, gal­leries, zoos, aquar­i­ums, and pro­fes­sional sports (no live au­di­ence) to be­gin re­open­ing with mod­i­fi­ca­tions be­gin­ning Fri­day, June 12.

As of May 26, the state has al­lowed for the re­open­ing of hair sa­lons and bar­ber­shops. As of May 25, the state has al­lowed places of wor­ship to open at 25% of build­ing ca­pac­ity or a max­i­mum of 100 at­ten­dees.

Restau­rants in Butte County were al­lowed to re­open dine-in ser­vices as of May 12, with mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures.

The fol­low­ing were al­lowed to re­open in Butte County on May 9: gen­eral busi­ness and of­fice in­clud­ing in-store re­tail; child care; per­sonal ser­vices such as laun­dro­mats, dry clean­ing, auto re­pair, car washes, pet groom­ing and land­scape gar­den­ing; and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Lo­cal and state health of­fi­cials rec­om­mend the fol­low­ing to re­main closed: per­sonal ser­vices such as nail sa­lons, tat­too par­lors, spas; night­clubs, con­cert venues, live au­di­ence sports, fes­ti­vals, theme parks, and higher ed­u­ca­tion.

More in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing guid­ance for each sec­tor, can be found at http://www.but­te­county.net/pub­lichealth/but­tere­opens.

The Chico Cham­ber of Com­merce has a list on its web­site with the tem­po­rary sta­tus of more than a hun­dred restau­rants, bars and cater­ing ser­vices and it is up­dated twice a day.

See an on­line list at bit.ly/But­teEar­lyShops of which gro­cery stores in the Chico area have set aside hours for se­nior and at-risk shop­pers.

What we know and what we don’t know about con­firmed cases

The Butte County Pub­lic Health dash­board dis­plays the re­sults of vi­ral tests that look for an ac­tive in­fec­tion. That in­cludes tests done by hos­pi­tals, med­i­cal prac­tices and the test­ing cen­ter at the Sil­ver Dol­lar Fair­grounds. It does not in­clude an­ti­body tests.

Butte County Pub­lic Health’s web­site is www. but­te­county.net/pub­lichealth. There are also reg­u­lar video up­dates posted on the Depart­ment’s Face­book page. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion web­site is www. cdc.org. The Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health’s web­site is www.cdph.ca.gov.

More de­mo­graphic and lo­ca­tion data about the cases is in an on­line dash­board at tinyurl.com/But­teCOVIDDas­h­board.

How do I get tested?

To set up an ap­point­ment to get tested by Op­tumServe at the Sil­ver Dol­lar Fair­grounds, visit https:// lhi.care/covidtest­ing or call 1-888-634-1123. No pay­ment is nec­es­sary; your in­sur­ance will be billed or, if you have no in­sur­ance, the cost is picked up by the state.

All are el­i­gi­ble for test­ing, with higher-risk pop­u­la­tions given pri­or­ity for ap­point­ments. Read more about el­i­gi­bil­ity on­line.

Coro­n­avirus test­ing also avail­able at Im­me­di­ate Care in Chico, 376 Val­lom­brosa Ave., 891-1676; and also at all Am­pla lo­ca­tions. The num­ber in Chico is 3424395 and the num­ber in Oroville is 534-7500.

For more ques­tions:

Butte County has a COVID-19 in­for­ma­tion help line at 530-552-3050, avail­able 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day.

The city of Chico has an in­for­ma­tion web­site at http://www.chico.ca.us/covid/.

Res­i­dents in Butte, Glenn, Shasta and Te­hama coun­ties can dial 2-1-1 any­time to get in­for­ma­tion on the cri­sis and get con­nected to re­sources as they be­come avail­able. Res­i­dents in those coun­ties, along with Lassen, Siskiyou and Trin­ity, can also re­ceive in­for­ma­tion by tex­ting CORO­N­AVIRUS to 211-211.

En­loe Med­i­cal Cen­ter has launched a hot­line for COVID-19 ques­tions at 3329540 to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about stay­ing safe and seek­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Choos­ing op­tion 2 con­nects peo­ple with nurses or emer­gency physi­cians in a “vir­tual emer­gency depart­ment”.

How do I get help?

For gro­ceries and other es­sen­tials:

See the North State Food Bank’s sched­ule of food give­aways at points through­out the re­gion on its web­site at but­te­caa.com.

Vol­un­teers from the Demo­cratic So­cial­ists of Amer­ica Chico and the North Val­ley Mu­tual Aid are tak­ing re­quests to fetch and de­liver gro­ceries and other es­sen­tials for those who are stay­ing at home. Call or text 645-2028.

Butte County Depart­ment of Em­ploy­ment and So­cial Ser­vices launched a De­liv­ery Task Force for in­di­vid­u­als who have been told by a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional to iso­late or quar­an­tine. The ini­tia­tive can de­liver ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties, such as gro­ceries and pre­scrip­tions. Call 2-1-1 or 552-3050.

The Boys and Girls Club of North Val­ley is pro­vid­ing evening curb­side pickup of meals for chil­dren in Chico, Ma­galia and Hamil­ton City. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on their Face­book page.

The Butte Hu­mane So­ci­ety is de­liv­er­ing food for pets from its Pet Food Pantry through­out Butte County. Peo­ple can call 530.966.2902 to set up a de­liv­ery ap­point­ment. Do­na­tions are ac­cepted at 2580 Fair Street in Chico.

For un­em­ploy­ment:

The Cal­i­for­nia Em­ploy­ment De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment is tak­ing claims. The best way to ap­ply for ben­e­fits is to sign up on­line at the state Em­ploy­ment De­vel­op­ment web­site.

Lo­cal help with ben­e­fits or jobs avail­able through Al­liance for Work­force De­vel­op­ment’s web­site www. afwd.org or 961-5125. The web­site has a live chat fea­ture ac­tive dur­ing busi­ness hours.

The Chico Cham­ber of Com­merce main­tains a list of em­ploy­ment-re­lated re­sources. The city of Chico is help­ing small busi­nesses con­nect with emer­gency fi­nan­cial aid and plan­ning at 896-7299. For men­tal health needs:

The North­ern Val­ley Talk Line now pro­vides non-cri­sis peer to peer tele­phone ser­vice to the com­mu­nity 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The toll free num­ber is 855-5825554. North­ern Val­ley Talk Line works in part­ner­ship with Butte County Depart­ment of Be­hav­ioral Health as well as Te­hama County Health Ser­vice Agency.

Al­co­holics Anony­mous Fel­low­ship of Butte, Glenn and South­ern Te­hama Coun­ties is hold­ing meet­ings on Zoom tem­po­rar­ily. Visit http://aabutte-glenn. org/ or call 530-342-5756 for more in­for­ma­tion.

How do I help?

United Way of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia has es­tab­lished a fund to help lo­cal groups help peo­ple strug­gling. Do­nate at www.nor­calu­nit­ed­way.org or text CORONANORC­AL to 91999.

The North Val­ley Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has es­tab­lished a fund to re­spond to COVID-19, and has al­ready started dis­tribut­ing grants. Do­nate at www. nvcf.org. There are also funds set up at the foun­da­tion for small lo­cal busi­nesses.

The North Val­ley Food Bank is tak­ing do­na­tions and vol­un­teers. Visit www. but­te­caa.org or call 7122600, Op­tion 3.

The pan­demic is af­fect­ing blood sup­ply. Con­sider do­nat­ing if you are not sick. Call 893-5433 to check hours and set up an ap­point­ment at Chico’s Vi­ta­lant cen­ter at 555 Rio Lindo Ave.

Most health care providers are ac­cept­ing med­i­cal­grade mask do­na­tions, in­clud­ing N95 masks, and home-made masks. En­loe Med­i­cal Cen­ter has in­struc­tions at en­loe.org/masks. Call 332-7160 Mon­day through Fri­day from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to co­or­di­nate. The VA North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Health Care Sys­tem is also ac­cept­ing home-made masks and has in­for­ma­tion at https://bit.ly/2Rb5cCu. Co­or­di­nate the drop-off of masks at 916-366-5372. Items for the Or­chard Hos­pi­tal can be dropped off at the en­trance at 240 Spruce St. in Gri­d­ley or co­or­di­nated with staff by call­ing 846-9064.

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