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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

October 28, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Oct 28, 2021

Statistics from October 27, 2021

New cases: 80

By age group:
Children 0-12: 16
Children 13-19: 5
Adults 20-29: 10
Adults 30-39: 12
Adults 40-49: 13
Adults 50-59: 13
Adults 60-69: 2
Adults 70-79: 3
Adults 80-89: 3
Adults 90+: 1
Unknown 2

Total 80

• Active cases: 511
• Hospitalized: 84
• People in ICU: 24
• Deaths reported: 0

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

Current Situation:

  • Are the swabs that come in COVID-19 tests safe to use? Yes. Ethylene oxide is used for many every-day items, including making laundry soap and shampoo, and sterilizing cosmetics and medical equipment, including swabs. After making the equipment germ-free and safe, the gas dissipates. It does not present a health risk, contrary to misinformation online. If inhaled for prolonged periods or in large amounts, ethylene oxide has been shown to potentially cause cancer. However, using a test kit swab sterilized with ethylene oxide does not present this high level of exposure, even when used regularly.

  • Did you know? The name Comirnaty, Pfizer’s vaccine, is pronounced “co-MIR-na-tee” and was created by combining a combination of terms: COVID-19, mRNA, community and immunity. Although the Comirnaty name is new, everything else about Pfizer’s brand of vaccine is the same as its emergency authorized use version.

  • Free walk-in or by-appointment vaccinations are available for ages 12 and older at the Redding Senior Center at 2290 Benton Drive. The clinic is open Fridays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.). For other vaccination options, visit or

    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

How does a death become a COVID-19 death?
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 CalScope - California's COVID-19 Antibody Study.
Did you get an invitation in the to join the CalScope antibody study? Your household could earn up to $80. To learn more, review the FAQs or watch the video below of a local family participating the study.


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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April 2020

March 2020


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?