As California ends its second weeks since it began to relax some of the stay-home rules, coronavirus cases continue to grow around the state.
That's especially the case in a handful of counties north of Sacramento.
Butte County's cases have doubled since May 16, and on Friday, it announced that for the first time an inmate at the jail tested positive for the virus without being isolated from others.
Similarly, the coastal counties of Del Norte, Mendocino and Humboldt have all seen their numbers rise. But Del Norte, in particular, stands out for going from four known cases to 45 over a two-week span.
Del Norte health officer Warren Rehwaldt told county supervisors some of the cases from earlier in the week were the result of contact tracing. People who have spent time with someone who tested positive were asked to take a test, public health officials said in a post on Facebook.
The post goes on to say that many of the people who tested positive are not showing symptoms because they had tested either when they were pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic.
"Many of these cases are from people in our community lowering their guard with being cautious and not practicing social distancing," according to the post.
The growth of known cases was smaller in other counties: Colusa, Siskiyou and Tehama each reported two new infections, while Shasta had four and Glenn added seven.
In other news from around the North State:
Glenn County reported two new cases on Friday. The two are adults who live in the north part of the county and are self-isolating at home. One of them is under the age of 49, had symptoms and is a close contact of someone who had the virus infection, public health officials said in a post on Facebook.
The other person is over the age of 65, asymptomatic and the source of infection is unknown at this time, according to the post. "Contact tracing is ongoing and close contacts are being notified."
The person who tested positive Friday at the Butte County Jail is the first known case of the virus in the main part of the jail, so now professional cleaning and monitoring of 26 potentially exposed inmates is underway.
The person who tested positive Friday had recently been arrested for "serious crimes" and was asymptomatic when booked, the sheriff's office said. But the person later complained of shortness of breath, so the inmate was taken to the hospital and tested positive there, the sheriff's office said.
Lassen, the first California county to backpedal on reopening, again changed course and will allow dining out and shopping in stores after health officials said they successfully mitigated its first small outbreak of coronavirus, The Associated Press reports.
Lassen County issued the new order late Thursday, allowing cafes and stores that previously won approval to reopen again. It also lets churches, salons and barbershops submit plans to resume their services.
Public health officials on Friday continued to urge residents to avoid non-essential travel and mass gatherings, maintain physical distance from others, wear face masks when going out and practice proper hygiene.
The total number of people tested in the county on Friday was 1,633. Results are pending for 29 tests.
In far Northern California, here's where COVID-19 case totals stand:
Butte County, 44
Shasta County, 37
Glenn County, 16
Siskiyou County, 7
Colusa County, 5
Lassen County, 5
Plumas County, 4
Tehama County, 4
Trinity County, 1
Modoc County, no cases
Del Norte, 45
Statewide, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 106,878 on Friday, the California Department of Health reported Saturday morning.
At least 4,156 people in the state have died from the virus and 2,928 people confirmed to have the virus are currently hospitalized. Another 1,287 people who are suspected to have the illness are currently in the hospital.
Here's how California's coronavirus cases break down by age:
Age 0-17: 5,861
Age 18-49: 55,552
Age 50-64: 24,617
Age 65+: 25,223
Health-care workers made up 9,910 of California's confirmed cases, according to state health officials. Of that number, 59 have died.
As of Saturday morning, the number of known coronavirus cases in the U.S. was at 1.7 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
That number includes 102,836 people who have died as a result of the virus, and more than 406,400 who recovered from it.
Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases was approaching 6 million.
Of that total, more than 365,300 people have died and more than 2.5 million people have recovered.