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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 23, 2021

Published August 31, 2021

August 23, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 20-22, 2021

• New cases: 290

• Hospitalized: 84

• People in ICU: 20

• Deaths reported: 0

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

WEEKLY UPDATE (8/16 - 8/22):


  • 7-Day Case Numbers (by date received):  734 – CDC level of transmission 407.60 per 100,000 (>100 is high)

  • 7-Day Avg Case Rate (by episode date):  33.6 per 100,000

  • 7-Day Test Positivity (by lab collected date):  9.3%

  • 7-Day Avg Hospitalized:  74.0

  • Deaths Reported in Last 7 Days:  4



Current situation:

  • We are sad to report that Shasta County has reached a new record high for both hospitalizations and ICU admissions. As of yesterday, August 22, 2021, there were 84 people in the hospital with COVID-19, and 20 people in the ICU. These are both all-time highs. The prior high for hospitalizations was 75 on August 19, 2021. The prior high for ICU admissions was 18 on August 21, 2021, which beat the high of 15 on December 15, 2020.

  • Cases are rising among 12 and under population. In the past 30 days, 134 people under age 12 have tested positive for COVID-19. For comparison, for the 30 days before that, only 13 people under age 12 tested positive. Because this group cannot be vaccinated yet, it is especially important for them to wear masks and practice physical distancing in public spaces, and for those around them to be vaccinated.

  • Pfizer’s COVID vaccine gets full approval from the FDA. While Pfizer and other vaccines have met the FDA’s standards for emergency use authorization, Pfizer is the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. The public can be confident that this vaccine meets the FDA’s high standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality.

  • Please don’t use the emergency room for non-emergencies. Our local hospitals are very busy, so please do not go to a hospital emergency department unless you are having a medical emergency. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact your regular healthcare provider. To get tested, visit the Get Tested page at  


Walk-in vaccine clinic:
Redding Senior Center

2290 Benton Dr.

Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Closed for lunch, 2 - 3 p.m.


For more vaccination clinic options, visit or visit the Vaccinations page at




August 20, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 19, 2021

• New cases: 98

• Hospitalized: 69

• People in ICU: 15

• Deaths reported: 0


For more data and statistics, visit



  • The CDC recommends that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). No additional dose is approved yet for those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. For more information, click here.

  • Please consult with your doctor/clinical team to determine if a third shot is recommended.

  • Based on new evidence about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, CDC is strengthening its recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. While COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has always been considered safer than COVID-19 illness, vaccination is now recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. The strength of the evolving science has led to this new recommendation.

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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?