August 24, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 23, 2021
• New cases: 175
• Hospitalized: 91
• People in ICU: 23
• Deaths reported: 1 (male in his 80s)
For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at ShastaReady.org.
We are sad to report that Shasta County has reached a new record high for both hospitalizations and ICU admissions. This is the 3rd record high for hospitalizations in the last 7 days. As of yesterday, August 23, 2021, there were 91 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 23 people in the ICU. These are both all-time highs.
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 ShastaReady.org.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends people with weakened immune systems to get a third dose of vaccine. The third dose is recommended for people who may not have had a strong enough immune response after receiving the initial vaccine series. The recommendation is to get a third dose of the same vaccine already received—Moderna or Pfizer—which should be given at least 28 days after a second dose. No additional doses of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) are yet approved. Visit the CDC for more information on who should receive an additional COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC and FDA have also indicated they are evaluating the use of boosters for people whose immunity might have waned in the months since they had completed their vaccine series, particularly seniors. Boosters for high-risk groups may be coming in September.
COVID-19 is affecting our schools tremendously. With the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, some schools are already overwhelmed with case investigations and staff who are absent due to illness or quarantine. The Shasta County Office of Education is asking the community to consider vaccination, and telling parents to keep sick children at home and to get them tested. Please notify the school if a child is sick and/or tests positive for COVID-19. Encourage students to wear masks on school buses and while indoors at schools, and wash hands regularly.
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine received full approval from the FDA for people age 16+, and remains under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for those age 12-15. The public can be confident that this vaccine meets the FDA’s high standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality.
We are no longer reporting vaccination status of each person who dies from COVID-19 in this report. Our chart on the Data and Statistics page of ShastaReady.org is updated weekly to reflect the vaccine status of people who test positive, hospitalizations and deaths, which is where that information will be captured. Click HERE to view today’s COVID-19 Update video (closed captions included).