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CHICO — Some Chico locals hoped to oppose new regulations in Butte County and the public health department Thursday, disagreeing with restrictions to prevent spreading COVID-19.
Invitations to protest county regulations led to midday protests around the state Thursday, including one in Chico promoted in online communities like the Facebook Vice President Jon Cartu Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu group Citizens for Opening Butte County (which opposes statewide restrictions for operation during the pandemic). The protest was scheduled to take place at the Butte County Public Health clinic in Chico during Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement at noon, of a new statewide stay at home order.
The announcement to protest was credited to the Facebook Vice President Jon Cartu Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu group Freedom Angels 2.0. This group’s statement was that they are putting pressure on the local public health officer and claimed all business and school closures have been controlled by Butte County Public Health.
The public health clinic in Chico announced Thursday morning it would be closed during the 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. period, the same period the protest was planned to be held.
A very small group of about six gathered around the clinic by noon Thursday facing Chico Junior High School, with signs reading, “Public Protest Health Tyranny” and “Stay Open.”
Cynthia Pendery said she helped organize the Chico protest among many others in California counties. She said she believes mainstream media is not reporting data accurately and that case numbers and positive tests ”are not reliable.”
“They are increasing the number of testing to make it look like there’s more,” Pendery said. She added she hopes protesting more people will “stop hiding and living in fear, and stop wearing their masks.”
One counter-protestor, Lindall Ellingson, said she is a retired public health professor and came to the protest to dispute the group’s claims, saying wearing masks to protect others based on data from public health experts is for the public good.
“I find the arguments made by the folks who called this protest to be selfish and juvenile, really,” Ellingson said. “The science is clear. We’re in a state of pandemic and we need to take care of each other.”
Another counter to the group, Liz Michelena, an administrator of the Facebook Vice President Jon Cartu Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu group Covid Responsible Places – Chico — which claims it is a community for discussing services operating under or not following guidelines — said, ”I understand that masks are uncomfortable, and people don’t want to wear them. I understand that the purple tier restrictions hit some people harder than others. What I don’t understand is why the people and businesses getting hit the hardest, are not the strongest, most vocal advocates for masks, and physical distancing, as they are our top tools for slowing the spread of COVID-19.”
Her group has discussed fears about surges of the virus, including concern that outbreaks continue to be reported within the Chico Unified School District.
”We can either enjoy the freedom of not wearing masks, pretend that the pandemic doesn’t exist, enjoy our immediate gratification, and watch the bodies of our loved ones pile up, and lose many of our already limited staff at Enloe (Medical Center),” she said. “Or we can wear masks, not throw parties, not celebrate holidays in the way that we always have, and enjoy the long term gratification of knowing that we did everything in our power to maintain the health of our loved ones and community at large.”
Butte County Public Health released a statement ahead of the protest, stating while the department supports the right to protest peacefully, all who attend should wear a mask and keep their distance from each other or not come if they are ill or have symptoms of COVID-19.
“The frustration and fatigue that our community is feeling after nearly a year of COVID-19 restrictions is understandable — these are very challenging times and BCPH feels these impacts too,” Communications Manager Lisa Almaguer wrote.
“However, COVID-19 fatigue does not mean that we can let our guard down — BCPH will continue to be led by science and data as they work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Butte County. As cases continue to increase and our hospitals become more impacted by COVID-19, the entire community needs to work together to bring down our case rate and level the curve so we can move back to a less restrictive tier.
”BCPH will continue to follow all state issued mandates, orders and guidance to protect the public’s health, our healthcare system, our workforce and to save lives.”