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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

August 25, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Aug 31, 2021

August 25, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 24, 2021

• New cases: 115

• Hospitalized: 86

• People in ICU: 20

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at ShastaReady.org.

 

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Current Situation:

  • Public Health leadership, schools, hospital and clinic partners gave an COVID-19 Update in Shasta County yesterday. Topics included current data, the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, and how the increase in cases and low vaccination rates are impacting hospitals and schools. Find the video here.

  • Do not take ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19. Ivermectin tablets are approved for use in humans and animals for the treatment of some parasitic worms. While there are approved uses for ivermectin in people and animals, it is not approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. You should not take any medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19 unless it has been prescribed to you by your health care provider and acquired from a legitimate source. This FDA webpage provides more detailed information on ivermectin.  

  • 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.

  • 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 and Get Tested.

  • To review a weekly report on the vaccine status of hospitalizations and mortalities, please see the COVID-19 Among Fully-Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Persons in Shasta County chart.

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?