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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

November 17, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Nov 17, 2021

Statistics from November 16, 2021

New cases: 46

By age group:
Children 0-12: 9
Children 13-19: 2
Adults 20-29: 7
Adults 30-39: 10
Adults 40-49: 5
Adults 50-59: 3
Adults 60-69: 2
Adults 70-79: 3
Adults 80-89: 4
Adults 90+: 1

Total 46

• Active cases: 307
• Hospitalized: 64
• People in ICU: 10
• Deaths reported: 7

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Vaccinated 12- to 64-year-old people are 21.5 times less likely to be hospitalized compared to unvaccinated people. Vaccinated people 65 years and older are 18.3 times less likely to be hospitalized compared to unvaccinated people.

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

Current Situation:

  • This report includes a weekly update to Shasta County’s total case numbers. Investigations are conducted to verify that cases meet state reporting requirements. Duplicate, out-of-county, and probable cases are removed. Probable cases include people who tested positive on an antigen test and those with reported symptoms but no confirmed lab test.

  • We are sorry to report 7 deaths today. They are a man and two women in their 60s, two men and one woman in their 80s and one woman over age 89. Please note, today is when these COVID-19 deaths were confirmed, which can be days or weeks after the people died.

  • COVID-19 is a serious illness and is not the same as the flu. Though they have similar symptoms and spread in similar ways, COVID-19 is much more deadly. In 2020, Shasta County had 123 deaths from COVID and only 3 deaths from influenza. So far in 2021, 300 Shasta County residents have died from COVID and no deaths from influenza. The best way to stay safe is with vaccination, available for ages 5 and up for COVID-19 and ages 6 months and up for flu.

  • The clinic at Shasta Community Health Center on Friday, November 19 will ONLY have Pfizer vaccines available. Vaccines will be available for ages 5 and up, including first and second shots and boosters. The types of vaccines available in yesterday's report were incorrect. Another clinic will be held tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church at 2440 Hilltop Drive, Redding. All vaccines will be available at that clinic.
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    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.

June 2021

May 2021

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December 2020

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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?