The young adult resident is one of 187 people in Butte County to perish after contracting the virus, and the first since March 26, according to the Butte County Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard. Butte County Public Health spokesperson Lisa Almaguer wrote in an email that the county has “several other deaths under investigation at this time.” The county health department is reviewing death certificates to confirm COVID-19 is the official cause of death. This process can take days, weeks or months, depending on the case.
In the first months of the pandemic, Butte County Public Health announced each individual death from COVID-19, but halted during the summer months of 2020 as the virus began to spread at higher rates and deaths increasing exponentially.
However, the county health department still issued press releases in rare cases for the deaths of young residents. To date, one person between 18 and 24, one between 25 and 34 and three people between 35 and 44 have died from the virus in Butte County, according to the County Dashboard. A significant number, 127, are 75 years of age or older.
“BCPH offers its sincere condolences to the person’s family and friends,” the county health department said in a press release.
“It is important for the public to recognize that COVID-19 is still very serious and can cause serious illness and death to people of all ages. Knowing the emergency warning signs of COVID-19 and seeking health care promptly is essential, especially if you are at higher risk due to age or underlying health conditions. “
Health issues including diabetes, obesity, hypertension, immunocompromised condition, and cancer, among others, have been shown to cause complications from COVID-19. Butte County Public Health has also noted that treatment with monoclonal antibodies is “effective in reducing the likelihood of hospitalization and death” from the virus, although treatment should be given within 10 days of onset of symptoms. , “Emphasizing the importance of seeking health care early.”
Warning signs of the virus include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty in breathing;
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest;
- Inability to wake up or stay awake;
- Pale, gray or blue skin, lips or nails.
Butte County Public Health has also reinforced the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent serious illness and death.
As of Sunday, 153,501 injections, both first and second doses, had been given in Butte County. Overall, 31.8% of the county are fully immunized and 38.1% have received at least one dose. In comparison, 53 percent of all California residents received at least one dose.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including a full list of vaccination centers in the county, visit the Butte County Public Health website at www.buttecounty.net/ph/COVID19/vaccine.
Opening of a vaccination clinic in Chico
A new COVID-19 vaccination clinic site is expected to open on Tuesday for residents of Butte County aged 12 and older who wish to be vaccinated against the virus.
The new site, located at 560 Cohasset Road, will be open to the public with appointments and appointments accepted, according to Butte County Public Health, which opened the site in coordination with Enloe Medical Center.
Opening of the new COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Chico community on Tuesday, May 25 at 560, chemin Cohasset. Open to the public. Reserve your vaccine on: https://t.co/ktFE3YRBvC pic.twitter.com/MRtZ7u9lK5
– Butte Public Health (@BC_PubHealth) May 24, 2021
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to anyone aged 12 and over who resides or works in the county. The clinic will be open Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, the clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine approved for people between the ages of 12 and 17. Earlier in May, the United States Food and Drug Administration extended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to include 12 to 15 year olds, and Butte County Public Health announced on May 13 that the age group was eligible, with immediate effect.
Every Wednesday, the clinic will administer the Moderna vaccine, which is available for everyone 18 years and older.The clinic will be closed Monday May 28 for Memorial Day.
In addition, the clinic will be offering the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine on Friday, May 28 from 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. This vaccine is only available on this particular date.
Appointments can be made online at myturn.ca.gov or by calling 833-422-4255. Butte County Public Health said appointments are encouraged, although walk-in visits are also accepted.