By Laura Haefeli

COLUSA (CBS13) — During a press conference earlier this week, President Donald Trump stood in front of a U.S. map highlighting the nation’s coronavirus hotspots, including Colusa County.

“Whether it goes to the White House or not, it’s still a huge issue of concern for the community,” Colusa County Councilmember Marcos Kropf said.

The 22,000-person county has reached a positivity rate of 21% over a seven-day period.

“We’re trying to educate the community as best as possible to follow the state guidelines,” Kropf said.

But that wasn’t always the case. Back in May, the county chose to ignore the stay-at-home-orders and voted to allow normal functions to resume. Now the county’s in trouble and their explosive COVID-19 rate is getting President Trump’s attention.

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And after months of ignoring the problem, county leaders are scrambling to control the spread.

“Follow the state guidelines, wear masks where appropriate and treat everyone as potentially infected with COVID-19,” Kropf said.

Some Colusa locals wish the county did more to protect its residents.

“They kind of opened it up too soon and I think they should’ve had everybody wearing masks in the beginning,” said Richard Cape.

Colusa County says the majority of their cases are coming from family gatherings and an outbreak at a skilled nursing facility.

Comments (2)
  1. Sharon Reische says:

    This report is VERY misleading. And I believe that the residents of Colusa County deserve clarification to the general public.

    First, and foremost, EXACTLY what was the map behind President Trump showing? Total percentage of positive tests? For what period, a day, a week, the month, or total test percentages? As a viewer, it would have been nice to know for sure. Also pointing out the OTHER areas on the map that were DARK RED, meaning higher percentages, was never mentioned either.

    ALSO, You never bother to explain in detail that this is JUST the positivity rate of a portion, for the day, week, or month, (again you don’t bother to be specific) the 1,845 tests that have been taken. If you do the TOTAL math (not just tests on one day, week or month) and 250 Positive Cases divided by 1,845 tests taken = 13.6% of ALL tests are positive… a far cry from your reported 21%. Only 8.2% of our population has been tested. We are sensible people, and IF WE DON’T HAVE SYMPTOMS or have NOT BEEN EXPOSED, we DON’T GET TESTED. It’s plain and simple.

    Further statistics: According to,, Colusa County has a population of 22,593 with 250 positive cases reported by Colusa County Department of Health, as of 7/23/2020 @ 3:30 pm. This equals 1.1% of the population has tested positive.

    On face value, and to the average viewer that doesn’t understand EXACTLY what you are saying, (and you don’t bother to explain) it would lead one to believe that 21% of Colusa County has tested positive for COVID19.

    The viewers deserve better reporting.

  2. Susan E Meeker says:

    This story is extremely misleading. Colusa County does not have a positivity rate of 21 percent. Also, I’m also not sure what Trump’s cancellation of his convention 3,600 miles from Colusa has to do with anything local, so to make this a “national stage issue” is just odd. Also Mr. Kroph is Colusa County Counsel (attorney). County government does not have council members. Also, Colusa County hit the “hotspot” map because of per capita calculations, which always skews numbers less than 100,000. (That is taught in college level statistics.) Just as reported at the state level by the Gov. Newsom, social gatherings, multi-generational homes, and a large essential worker population leads to spread in Colusa. I think we all can do a little better with 6-ft of distance between us and wearing masks when that can’t be maintained in public.

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