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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 18, 2021

Published August 31, 2021

August 18, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 17, 2021

• New cases: 99

• Hospitalized: 68

• People in ICU: 15

• Deaths reported: 3 (female in her 40s, male in his 50s, male in his 80s) None of these individuals were vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.


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  • Testing is available at a variety of clinics, labs and pharmacies. Go to and click “Get Tested” to find a testing site. Testing is available for people with and without symptoms. 

  • It used to be that smoking was considered an individual decision, but people saw it differently when the science confirmed that secondhand smoke also kills people. We changed our behavior to protect everyone. Vaccination protects everyone too—it protects the vaccinated person (the smoker), and it protects the whole community because COVID has less of a chance to spread (like second-hand smoke).

Public Health is experiencing an increased volume of calls due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a positive case, Public Health will reach out to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, please follow these isolation/quarantine instructions.





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August 17, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 16, 2021

• New cases: 84

• Hospitalized: 64

• People in ICU: 15

• Deaths reported: 3 (male in his 40s, male in his 70s, male in his 80s) None of these individuals were vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.


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  • What is a variant? Viruses, such as COVID-19, constantly change through mutations. Each mutation creates new strains of the virus (called variants) over time. Some variants emerge and then disappear, while others persist or become common. Some variants do not have a meaningful impact. However, public health becomes concerned when a variant, such as the Delta variant, becomes more contagious, causes more serious illness or affects testing, treatment or vaccines.

  • What are post-vaccine (breakthrough) cases and how likely are they? A post-vaccine case is when a fully-vaccinated person gets infected with COVID-19. As no vaccine is 100 percent effective, some post-vaccine cases are expected. Vaccinated individuals typically have far less severe symptoms and far more favorable outcomes when contracting COVID-19 than those who remain unvaccinated.

  • To help our frontline medical workers provide the best care possible, do not go to a hospital emergency room unless you are having a medical emergency. If you are experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, call before going to a medical clinic, doctor’s office or hospital.

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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.

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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?