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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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August 19, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Aug 31, 2021

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

• New cases: 124

• Hospitalized: 75

• People in ICU: 15

• Deaths reported: 1 (male over the age of 89). This individual wasn’t vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.


For more data and statistics, visit



  • We are sad to report that Shasta County has reached a new record high for hospitalizations. On December 16, 2020, there were 72 people hospitalized with COVID-19. As of yesterday, August 19, 2021, there were 75 people.

  • Question: I am pregnant. Should I get the COVID vaccine? Answer: Yes. If you are pregnant, you are at higher risk for severe COVID-19. Vaccine is safe and protects you and your baby. Find more facts about pregnancy and COVID here. (Para español, hace click aqui.)

  • 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.

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?