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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 24, 2021

Published August 31, 2021

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



Current Situation:

  • 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  

  • 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 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).

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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?