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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

November 04, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Nov 04, 2021

Statistics from November 03, 2021

New cases: 74

By age group:
Children 0-12: 14
Children 13-19: 5
Adults 20-29: 10
Adults 30-39: 15
Adults 40-49: 6
Adults 50-59: 11
Adults 60-69: 4
Adults 70-79: 5
Adults 80-89: 3
Adults 90+: 1

Total 74

• Active cases: 426
• Hospitalized: 68
• People in ICU: 14
• Deaths reported: 3

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

Current Situation:


  • We’re sorry to report three deaths today. They were a man in his 40s, a man in his 70s, and a man in his 80s. On Monday, the death of a man in his 80s was mistakenly omitted from this area of the COVID-19 Daily Update, but his death was counted in Monday’s total number of deaths reported. As of today in Shasta County, 377 people have died from COVID-19.


  • The past two months have shown that COVID-19 and the delta variant do not discriminate based on age. In September, the 12-to-19 age group had the largest rate of cases (2,495). In October, the 30-to-39 age group had the highest rate of cases (1,637). See the Positive Case Rate chart below for more information.


  • The vaccines work. Data continue to show that the COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective in protecting fully vaccinated people from catching and spreading the virus. CDC data show that in August 2021, the risk of dying from COVID-19 in the U.S. was more than 11 times greater for unvaccinated people than for fully vaccinated people.

  • Kids aren’t spared from the harm of COVID-19. In the U.S., more than 1.9 million children ages 5-11 have been infected during the pandemic, 8,300 have been hospitalized, and 94 have died, the CDC reported last week. This makes COVID-19 one of the top 10 causes of death for 5- to 11-year-olds in the United States. Additional negative impacts among youth include struggling with long COVID, missing school and spreading the disease in the community.

    If you’ve been exposed: Follow the isolation/quarantine instructions until you can be tested and receive test results.

    If you need to be tested: Find options on the Get Tested page. Please note: Appointments are required at most places due to high demand.

    If you need a vaccine: Find options at

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 a CalScope antibody study. Check out this video to learn more:


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?