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The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Butte County COVID-19

Omicron Variant: Click to View the CDPH Fact Sheet

On December 27, 2021, Butte County Public Health (BCPH) received notification of the first identified COVID-19 Omicron variant case in a Butte County resident. The infected patient was a fully vaccinated adult Chico resident who had not yet received a booster dose.  The specimen was collected 12/16/21, confirming that the Omicron variant has been in Butte County for at least 2 weeks.

Scientists and Public Health experts are still learning about Omicron. While initial reports suggest Omicron may be less severe than earlier variants, it is still too early to know for certain. What is evident, from multiple studies in multiple countries, is that Omicron spreads much more rapidly than previous variants.

Information about Omicron does not change the current recommendations on what residents should do to continue protecting themselves against COVID-19 and its variants: Get vaccinated, get a booster vaccine, wear a face mask when indoors and where required, get tested regardless of vaccination status and stay home if you test positive or have symptoms. Residents who have returned from travel from outside of the U.S., especially to areas with known transmission of Omicron, within the last 14 days should follow CDC recommendations to get tested 3-5 days after arrival, quarantine for 7 days even if testing negative, and isolate for 10 days if COVID-19 symptoms develop.  

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Updated January 20, 2022 

This page will be updated Monday through Friday by 4 pm, excluding holidays.

Total cases and deaths represents all cases and deaths since the pandemic began. Cases in isolation represent current lab confirmed cases to provide perspective on current COVID activity in Butte County. 

*Total COVID-19 Cases 27,452
 Cases Currently in Isolation 1429
Total COVID-19 Deaths

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Face Covering Guidelines and Requirements:

To prevent a winter surge, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. This requirement will be in place December 15, 2021 through February 15, 2022.

COVID-19 Information Lines

  • Butte County COVID-19 Call Center: 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday: 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 M-F from 7:30 am to 6 pm.
  • For Medi-Cal recipients or persons who are uninsured: Free Medi-Nurse Call Line Launches for COVID-19 Questions: (877) 409-905

Did you test POSITIVE for COVID-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate at home and follow the CDPH Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19. You may or may not be contacted by Public Health based on case load.

NEW! COVID-19 Home Test Self-Reporting

Reporting test results will provide more data about transmission rates in Butte County to help identify potential surges in cases for our community. Self-reporting is voluntary. To report your results from a home test, CLICK HERE.

Business Guidance and Outbreak Reporting

Please visit the Butte County COVID-19 Butte Reopens page to access industry guidance documents, workplace guidance for employee/worker exposure, return to work information and outbreak reporting..

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