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Ask the Experts Part 1- Shasta County Doctors Answer Community Questions About COVID-19

Ask the Experts Part 2 - Shasta County Doctors Answer Community Questions About COVID-19

In Part 1 of Ask the Experts, Shasta County doctors discuss many topics, including natural immunity versus immunity from the vaccine. They address vaccine side effects and ideas about whether the vaccine alters DNA. The doctors explain who’s most at risk from the virus, answer questions about vaccine ingredients, safety, and how mRNA vaccines work. Lastly, they discuss whether it’s better to catch the virus or to get the vaccine to prevent it.

In Part 2, Shasta County doctors explain treatments after contracting COVID-19. They discuss the importance of vaccination during pregnancy to protect both mom and baby and to prevent severe maternal illness and adverse outcomes such as stillbirth. The doctors explain which masks protect best, and how to protect children from “long-haul” COVID-19 and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).The questions posed were submitted by Shasta County residents, and collected by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.

September 1, 2021

Published September 1, 2021

September 1, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 31, 2021

• New cases: 216

• Hospitalized: 87

• People in ICU: 26

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

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Current Situation:

  • Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask indoors, keeping a 6-foot distance from others who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and using hand sanitizer frequently, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and staying home when you’re sick.

  • We are sad to report a new record high for ICU admissions. On August 23, 2021, and again on August 30, 2021, there were 23 people in the ICU.

  • More than 25% of cases reported today are children between the ages of 5-17.

  • The LHI state testing site at 2420 Breslauer Way will be closed on Labor Day, September 6, 2021. Instead, the site will be open Tuesday, September 7 through Saturday, September 11, then it will revert back to its regular Monday-Friday testing schedule. LHI has also doubled its capacity for testing. For more information, visit the Get Tested page at

  • The Virtual Assistant is an automated system from California Connected. It supports local COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing efforts. In Shasta County, the Virtual Assistant will reach out to mobile phone users. You may receive a text from the phone number 233-93. It’s safe to click on the text link to complete a case investigation or contact tracing survey. Learn more at What is Contact Tracing?

  • Our call center is experiencing a very high call volume. If you have been notified that you’ve tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, please follow the quarantine and isolation instructions available on

  • Please don’t use the emergency room for non-emergencies, such as COVID-19 testing. Our local hospitals are very busy, so please only go to a hospital emergency department if you are having a medical emergency. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact your regular healthcare provider and Get Tested.

    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  

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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.

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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?