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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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August 31, 2021

Published August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 30, 2021

• New cases: 161
• Hospitalized: 90
• People in ICU: 21
For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

Current Situation:

  • Myth: I received my antibody test back and my u/ml is really high. That means I am immune to COVID-19, so I don’t need the vaccine.
    Fact: Antibody tests help health care providers identify whether a person has had the virus in the past. Antibody tests do not indicate a specific level of immunity or protection from COVID-19. The FDA recommends that antibody tests should only be ordered by healthcare providers who are familiar with the use and limitations of the test. It is recommended that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated, even if you have had COVID in the past and a test says you have antibodies. For more information, visit this Antibody Testing article from the FDA.

  • Question: Since some vaccinated people are still getting COVID-19, does that mean the vaccine doesn’t work?
    Answer: Breakthrough cases, also called post-vaccine cases or breakthrough infections, occur when a fully-vaccinated person gets infected with COVID-19. Because no vaccine is 100% effective, some breakthrough cases are expected. Vaccinated people typically have less severe symptoms when contracting COVID-19 than those who remain unvaccinated. People are far less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 if they are vaccinated.

  • The state’s COVID-19 dashboard is reporting an error in ICU numbers for Shasta County. However, the county’s epidemiology team confirmed with local hospitals that the information on the county’s website is correct. The state’s dashboard should be updated soon.

  • 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.

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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?