Skip to main content
Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

Google Translate service may not work with Internet Explorer.

Current News 

Ask the Experts Part 1- Shasta County Doctors Answer Community Questions About COVID-19

Ask the Experts Part 2 - Shasta County Doctors Answer Community Questions About COVID-19

In Part 1 of Ask the Experts, Shasta County doctors discuss many topics, including natural immunity versus immunity from the vaccine. They address vaccine side effects and ideas about whether the vaccine alters DNA. The doctors explain who’s most at risk from the virus, answer questions about vaccine ingredients, safety, and how mRNA vaccines work. Lastly, they discuss whether it’s better to catch the virus or to get the vaccine to prevent it.

In Part 2, Shasta County doctors explain treatments after contracting COVID-19. They discuss the importance of vaccination during pregnancy to protect both mom and baby and to prevent severe maternal illness and adverse outcomes such as stillbirth. The doctors explain which masks protect best, and how to protect children from “long-haul” COVID-19 and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).The questions posed were submitted by Shasta County residents, and collected by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.

August 16, 2021

Published August 31, 2021

August 16, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 13-15, 2021

• New cases: 207

• Hospitalized: 68

• People in ICU: 14

• Deaths reported: 0

For more data and statistics, visit

WEEKLY UPDATE (8/9 - 8/15):


  • 7-Day Case Numbers (by date received):  530 – CDC level of transmission 300.37 per 100,000 (>100 is high)

  • 7-Day Average Daily Case Rate (by episode date):  22.87 per 100,000

  • 7-Day Test Positivity (by lab collected date):  8.56%

  • 7-Day Average Daily Hospitalized:  50.6

  • Deaths Reported in Last 7 Days:  1



Current situation:

  • On August 8, 2021, our hospitalization numbers were reported at 34. Today, there are 68 people in the hospital. Hospitalizations have doubled in only one week. The highest number of hospitalizations during the pandemic was 72 on Dec. 16, 2020. The increase of cases and hospitalizations indicates that the county has not reached community immunity. Please continue to follow the “swiss cheese model” by getting vaccinated, wearing your mask indoors, social distancing, washing hands and staying home when you are sick.  

    Description automatically generated

  • Myth: CDC mask guidance is proof that COVID-19 vaccines do not work.
    Fact: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death. Vaccines are also effective against the COVID-19 variants, including delta. Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the delta variant. When breakthrough infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.



August 12, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 11, 2021

• New cases: 81

• Hospitalized: 44

• Deaths reported: 0

For more data and statistics, visit


Current situation:

Only 1 in 64,202 vaccinated Shasta County residents have died due to COVID-19, while 1 in 7,113 unvaccinated Shasta County residents have died due to COVID-19. Based on this data, Shasta County residents who are vaccinated are nine times more likely to survive a COVID-19 infection.

Misinterpreted data is leading some people to believe that vaccines are not effective.  Older adults have the highest vaccination rates and are the most at risk of hospitalization and death.  As a result, we expect to see a growing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among vaccinated seniors.  Fortunately, full vaccination prevents 84-96% of hospitalizations in adults between the ages of 65-74. Source: Centers for Disease Control Morbidity and Mortality Report

View more news posts

How does a death become a COVID-19 death?
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:


Shasta County is participating in CalScope - California's COVID-19 Antibody Study.
Did you get an invitation in the to join the CalScope antibody study? Your household could earn up to $80. To learn more, review the FAQs or watch the video below of a local family participating the study.


Did you get a text from 233-93? It is from California Connected, our state’s COVID-19 contract tracing program.
When you see this text, it could mean you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by clicking the survey link in the message and following the prompts.

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.

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020


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?