October 19, 2021
Statistics from October 18, 2021
New cases: 91
By age group:
Children 0-12: 11
Children 13-19: 3
Adults 20-29: 17
Adults 30-39: 9
Adults 40-49: 6
Adults 50-59: 15
Adults 60-69: 14
Adults 70-79: 8
Adults 80-89: 4
Adults 90+: 1
• Active cases: 481
• Hospitalized: 56
• People in ICU: 9
• Deaths: 8
For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at ShastaReady.org.
We are sorry to report 8 deaths today. They were a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s, a woman in her 60s, two men in their 70s, two men in their 80s and a woman over age 89.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines aren’t made up of a live virus. They use messenger RNA (mRNA) to make copies of the virus' shape. mRNA never enters the nucleus of a cell or interacts with DNA in any way. Once in your body, the mRNA teaches your cells how to make a harmless spike protein that triggers an immune response—without our bodies ever having to get infected. To learn more, watch the video COVID-19 Vaccines – The Facts.
A new study from the CDC shows promising preliminary findings in the effectiveness of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine against hospitalizations in youth age 12-18. Read the full study here, or view the attached graphic for highlights.
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 ShastaReady.org.
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).
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
Our local healthcare leaders are asking for our help to protect the strength and safety of the healthcare system by stopping the spread.