Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 in Butte County

For the number of confirmed cases in Butte County, visit the Butte County Public Health website, which is being updated regularly by 4PM Monday through Friday.

For all local information regarding COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, visit the Butte County Public Health page. For statewide information, visit California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response.

Dr. Andy Miller, Butte County Public Health Officer, is providing video updates on COVID-19 in Butte County on the Public Health Facebook page. New videos will be posted throughout the week. Past videos can be found on the Facebook page, but you can watch the most recent video below. Please tune in on Thursday's for a weekly press conference.

April 7, 2020


COVID-19 Information Line

  • In an effort to keep the public as informed as possible, Butte County has established a call center to answer questions regarding COVID 19. The call center will be staffed 8AM-5PM, seven days a week. 
    • Members of the public with questions about COVID-19 in Butte County are encouraged to call 530.552.3050
  • Butte County residents can dial 2-1-1 (24/7) or text their zip code to 898211 for information and updates. The text line is available Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 6 pm. 

Guidance Documents for COVID-19

All community sectors are asked to review and implement COVID-19 illness prevention guidance.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Guidance from the California Department of Public Health

Education

The Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) announced on April 1st that schools will transition to distance learning for the rest of the 19/20 school year. Read the full press release here.

Counseling and Mental Health Supports
BCOE, in partnership with Chico Unified School District, is engaging the services of Care Solace, an online resource for accessing mental health services, resources, and virtual therapy options. More information on these services will be available on the BCOE website soon.

Food and Nutrition Services
Meals for students will continue to be distributed throughout the county. Please refer to your district’s website or Facebook page for locations, days and times for meal distribution. In many cases, families will be able to pick up meals twice a week for multiple days. You may also check the Butte County Office of Education website: bcoe.org for a convenient map of distribution locations.

Food Safety and Access

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has compiled a list of frequently asked questions related to COVID-19.

The Chico Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of business resources which also lists local restaurants that are open for take-out and/or delivery.

Butte County Delivery Task Force

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services organized a Delivery Task Force for individuals who have been told by a medical professional to isolate or quarantine.

The Delivery Task Force is available to individuals with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, individuals who are awaiting COVID-19 test results, as well as individuals advised by a medical professional to isolate or quarantine who have no support system.  

Individuals who are interested in the delivery service can call 2-1-1 or the Butte County COVID-19 Call Center at 552.3050 for more information. Staff will assist in ensuring all available resources and programs are utilized before referring the individual to the Delivery Task Force.

The Delivery Task Force is intended to fill in possible gaps in resources. The Delivery Task Force can deliver basic necessities, such as groceries and prescriptions. Payment for items must be made in advance. If payment assistance is needed, staff will assist the individual in contacting a local food bank and will deliver a prepackaged box of food.

Utilities

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has put together information on what they and the utilities under their jurisdiction are doing to support communities.

County Department Operations

The County of Butte has adjusted its public facing operations of various departments. See this comprehensive list of Departments who have modified their services and continue to provide remote access. 

Butte County is committed to serving the community to the fullest extent possible while following recommendations for public safety.

Assistance for Employees and Employers

The State has generated a user friendly website for COVID-19, which includes a page for employment. Also see, the Employment Development Department's Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs.

All businesses should encourage employees to stay home if sick and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools or Commercial Establishments Safe (pdf).

California is working to support people financially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more in this chart of benefits available for workers affected by COVID-19.

The state has removed waiting periods for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and published resources for workers affected by COVID-19.

The state has also extended the state tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020 for all California taxpayers.

The Alliance for Workforce Development established a dedicated phone line and email for businesses to call with questions. The business service representatives will answer questions and direct businesses to available resources.

COVID-19 Business/Employer Information
Phone: 530.616.0563
Email: Covid19employer@ncen.org 
Online Chat: www.afwd.org 
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm 


Small Business Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Butte County is officially included in the disaster declaration for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

  • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

Application Process

Businesses may apply directly to the Small Business Administration at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. For questions related to application, or for more information on disaster assistance, you can reach SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

* Businesses can work directly with the Butte College Small Business Development Center to complete applications. Visit them online or call 530.895.9017

How to Volunteer

California Volunteers has compiled a list of ways you can safely help your community.

Mental Wellness

If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common around the world.

While practicing physical distancing, there are easy self-care strategies that can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, or prevent anxiety before it even starts.

  1. Eat healthfully to keep your body in top working order.
  2. Exercise reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, whether we’re working out at home or taking a solo jog around the neighborhood.
  3. Practice relaxation therapy. Focusing on tensing and relaxing muscle groups can help you relax voluntarily when feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.
  4. Let light in. For some people, increased exposure to light can improve symptoms of depression. If you can, open the shades and let more sunlight in.
  5. Be kind to yourself! Treat yourself with the same compassion you would a friend.
  6. Stay connected. Even if you can’t get together face-to-face, you can stay connected to friends, family and neighbors with phone calls, text messages, video chats and social media. If you’re feeling lonely, sad or anxious, reach out to your social support networks. Share what you are feeling and offer to listen to friends or family members about their feelings. We are all experiencing this scary and uncertain time together. This list of available online resources can help Seniors who may not be familiar with the many apps available to stay connected
  7. Monitor media consumption. While you might want to stay up-to the minute with COVID-19 news, too much exposure can be overwhelming. Balance media consumption with other activities you enjoy, such as reading, cooking or listening to music.

Self-care doesn’t require you to go outside or spend a lot of money. Adding small changes to your routine can make a big difference to your overall mood and well-being. Visit Butte County Behavioral Health for more information on local resources available to you.



    The County of Butte and Town of Paradise have launched a website to provide residents affected by the Camp Fire with a one-stop-shop for information and resources for recovery efforts. Together we stand committed to our community’s recovery. Visit ButteCountyRecovers.org for more information.
    The Paradise Town Council and the Butte County Board of Supervisors recently passed ordinances requiring the removal of hazard trees damaged by the Camp Fire from private property that may fall into public roadways. Property owners may enter the Government Tree Program to have the trees removed by the State at no out-of-pocket cost. Enrollment in the Government Tree Program requires a Right-of-Entry form. Property owners may also identify and remove hazard trees themselves, but must submit an inspection form so an inspector may verify removal of the hazard trees from the property. 


     EmergencyContacts

    Call 911 for Police, Fire or Medical emergencies.

    Child Abuse
    800.400.0902 or
    530.538.7882 

    24 Hour Domestic Violence Help
    800.895.8476 or
    530.343.7711

    Rape Crisis
    800.656.4673 or
    530.343.7273

    Elder Abuse
    800.664.9774

    Mental Health Crisis
    800.334.6622 or
    530.891.2810

    Victim/Witness Program
    530.538.7340 or
    530.891.2812