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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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August 30, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Aug 31, 2021

August 30, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 27-29, 2021

• New cases: 318

• Hospitalized: 85

• People in ICU: 23
• Deaths Reported: 2 (man in his 70s and a man in his 80s)

WEEKLY UPDATE (8/23 - 8/29):

  • 7-Day Case Numbers (by date received):  836 – CDC level of transmission 464.24 per 100,000 (>100 is high)

  • 7-Day Average Case Rate (by episode date):  54 per 100,000

  • 7-Day Test Positivity (by lab collected date):  9.80%

  • 7-Day Average Hospitalized:  85.9

  • Deaths Reported in Last 7 Days:  3

    For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

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 Current Situation:

  • We are sorry to report 2 deaths today. They were a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s.

  • Shasta County has tied the previous record high for ICU admissions. On August 19, 2021, there were 23 people in the ICU. Yesterday, there are again 23 people in the ICU.

  • Like most of you, we wish COVID was over, but it is not. The most important thing we can do for each other is to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated. A new study shows how an unvaccinated teacher with a positive COVID-19 test led to 26 confirmed cases for Marin County elementary students and their contacts. The attack rate in the one affected classroom was 50%. To read the study, visit Outbreak Associated with SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant in an Elementary School — Marin County, California, May–June 2021 | MMWR (

  • Report outbreaks to Public Health: State law requires employers to notify employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19, and to report workplace outbreaks to the local health department. An outbreak must be reported within 48 hours. This applies to all public and private employers in California, except health facilities. An outbreak is three or more cases of COVID-19 at a worksite within a 14-day period.

  • We are experiencing an increasingly high call volume at our call center. If you have been notified that you’ve tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, our call center representatives will reach out to you as soon as they are able. While you are waiting to hear from us, please follow the quarantine and isolation instructions available on

  • 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.

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?