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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

November 12, 2021

by Kerri Schuette | Nov 12, 2021
COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE: November 12, 2021 
Statistics from November 10 and 11, 2021

New cases: 167

By age group (11/10 and 11/11/2021):

Children 0-12:              18
Children 13-19:            20
Adults 20-29:               21
Adults 30-39:               30
Adults 40-49:               14
Adults 50-59:               18
Adults 60-69:               23
Adults 70-79:               8
Adults 80-89:               8
Adults 90+:                  5
Unknown:                    2
Total                           167

Active cases: 334
Hospitalized: 50
People in ICU: 9
Deaths reported: 4 

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at
Current Situation:

• We are sorry to report four deaths today. They were a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 80s.

• The vaccine for ages 5-11 is different than for children 12 and older. It’s a different dosage with a different buffer. The vaccine dosage is not dependent on a child’s size or weight. As opposed to medications, vaccine dosages are based on the maturity of the immune system. The dosage should be based on the child’s age on the day of vaccination.
• We vaccinate for diseases that have far fewer deaths and hospitalizations than COVID-19. For example, Hepatitis A had an annual average of 3 deaths before vaccines, compared with COVID-19, which has an annual average of 66 deaths before vaccines (image source: Centers for Disease Control).

• 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?