Public Health

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

Butte County Reopening

PLEASE NOTE:  This page is an active information page. As information is provided by the local work groups, health professionals and the State, it will be updated and added here.


Events & Performances:

Other than for any required regulatory permitting such as food service operations, Butte County Public Health does not review, approve, deny or make recommendations concerning public or private event plans of any kind. Any person or agency who is planning, organizing or attending any such event and has questions, should locate the appropriate guidance and review it closely. It is the responsibility of event organizers to review and interpret the State’s guidance and make a determination if they can comply with it.

CDPH Guidance Documents for Events:

Employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them.

Mega Events

Mega-events include indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees, and outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees. At this time, vaccine verification or proof of negative tests for attendees at indoor mega events is no longer required, but is strongly recommended. View the CDPH Mega-Events Guidance.

Workplaces Guidance for COVID-19 Exposure & Diagnosis:

To determine when an employee who has been exposed to COVID or tested positive for COVID may return to work, please refer to the following:

(click to view) Returning to Work/School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

(click to view) COVID FAQs for Employers (CalOSHA)

(click to view) COVID Exposure: What Should I Do?

COVID-19 Workplace Outbreak Reporting

A workplace outbreak is defined when an employer identifies 3 or more cases of COVID-19 at a worksite within a 14-day period - the employer is required to report this to their local health department within 48 hours. California law (AB685) requires employers to notify employees/workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to report workplace outbreaks to the local health department. Please note: this report should not be used by the general public to report a business that may have infected workers.

Click to view COVID-19 State Outbreak Data
Click to view  CHHS Open Data Portal

Workplace Outbreak Reporting: Video demo on how to use SPOT

Return to work letters no longer provided

To determine when an employee who has been exposed to COVID or tested positive for COVID may return to work, please refer to the CDPH Employer's Guidance. Butte County Public Health (BCPH) does not provide return to work or release from isolation or quarantine letters for employers or employees. 

COVID-19 Industry Guidance & Assistance

The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) in coordination with CDPH recently launched a new Employer Portal, a one-stop hub for California employers to quickly find up-to-date state and local county COVID-19 guidance by business industry. This website will help expedite locating the most current state and local guidance and will be changing on a regular basis due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access the CA COVID-19 Employer Portal:

Individuals Actions:

  • Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home.
  • Get tested if you've been exposed, have symptoms, have attended a high-risk event or have traveled
  • Vulnerable (high risk) individuals – should continue to use non-pharmaceutical interventions to protect themselves.
  • Wear a well-fitting face mask – Face masks are still required in some settings, regardless of vaccination status: View the CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.
  • Maintain good hygiene practices – Washing hands, use hand sanitizer, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes.

Face Mask Guidelines & Requirements

In California, masks are no longer required to be worn in most settings. Masks are strongly recommended in indoor public places for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. 

Masks are still required to be worn by EVERYONE in high risk settings, including:

  • Hospitals and other healthcare settings
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Long term care settings
  • Jails and prisons

What is a face mask?

When selecting a face mask there are many choices. The CDC recommends that you wear the most protective mask you can, that fits well and that you will wear consistently. Learn about the types of masks (click to view).



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Phone: 530.552.4000
TTY: 530.538.6588
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Butte County Public Health
202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.552.4000

Danette York, MPH, Director
Dr. David Canton, Health Officer

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