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August 11, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Aug 31, 2021

August 11, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 10, 2021

  • New cases: 96

  • Hospitalized: 36

  • Deaths reported: 0

For more data and statistics, visit https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/ready/covid-19/data.

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A man in his 80s (as reported in the daily update, 08/10/2021) is the first fully-vaccinated person to die from COVID-19 in Shasta County. “We extend our deepest condolences to this man’s family, and we grieve the loss of this valued community member,” said Shasta County Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom.

Shasta County has seen a sharp increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations in the past several weeks, primarily among unvaccinated people. Only 5 of the 75 people hospitalized for COVID in the past three months have been fully vaccinated, and about 1 percent of total cases in the past three months have been fully vaccinated. Most cases statewide, including in Shasta County, are believed to be the delta variant, which is more contagious than the original COVID.

People who are vaccinated are much less likely to get seriously ill or die from COVID. Those who protect themselves with vaccines and masks increase their own odds of staying healthy and help the community stay healthier. Unfortunately, a small percentage of breakthrough cases will happen, because the vaccine is not 100 percent effective. Due to the highly contagious nature of the delta variant, as the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths goes up, the number of breakthrough cases will also go up, particularly among those with other serious health conditions.

Free walk-in vaccine clinics are available for anyone 12 and older from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays at Redding Senior Center, 2290 Benton Drive. For other vaccination options, go to ShastaReady.org and click Vaccinations, or visit www.myturn.ca.gov.

There are a lot of steps that go into determining a COVID death. Our Shasta County HHSA epidemiology team is here to tell you all about it:

 

COVID-19 Updates

In response to the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, video updates will be shared with the community on a regular basis and can be viewed on the Shasta HHSA YouTube channel (closed captioning available).

Latest video:

Past videos:

Daily Incident Updates and Press Releases

COVID-19 Incident Updates were posted every weekday through June 15, when the Blueprint for a Safer Economy ended.

Expand the section below to see previous press releases.

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Media Briefings

Dr. Karen Ramstrom, Shasta County Health Officer, discusses the COVID-19 delta variant: June 29, 2021

Weekly media briefings were conducted until the Blueprint for a Safer Economy was lifted on June 15. You can find recordings here.

Rural Association of Northern California Health Officers (RANCHO)

The Rural Association of Northern California Health Officers (RANCHO) is a regional network of county health officers in northern California. RANCHO was formed in the spring of 2020 in response to COVID-19. Other parts of the state have longstanding regional health official associations. These networks address current and emerging health issues by leveraging expertise and resources of local health departments to advance regional public health and promote communication and collaboration among neighboring counties.

COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked by health officers: July 14, 2021

COVID-19: A North State Wildfire by Another Name: Dec. 18, 2020

Statement of support of universal influenza vaccination for healthcare and educational setting personnel: Oct. 2, 2020

School guidance: Sept. 29, 2020

Statement in support of restaurant indoor dining: Aug. 1, 2020

 

Local essential workers also need our help to ensure they can continue to protect and serve:

Our local healthcare leaders are asking for our help to protect the strength and safety of the healthcare system by stopping the spread.

 

What is contact tracing?