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September 14, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Sep 14, 2021

September 14, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from September 13, 2021

 

New cases: 174

By age group:

Children 0-12:

 

 

24

 

Children 13-19:

 

 

22

 

Adults 20-29:

 

 

23

 

Adults 30-39:

 

 

30

 

Adults 40-49:

 

 

26

 

Adults 50-59:

 

 

17

 

Adults 60-69:

 

 

15

 

Adults 70-79:

 

 

9

 

Adults 80-88:

 

 

4

 

Adults 89+:

 

 

1

 

Blank:

 

 

3

 

Total

 

 

174

 

 

• Active cases: 941

• Hospitalized: 86

• People in ICU: 24

Current Situation:

  • Out of 58 counties, Shasta County has the highest COVID-19 case rate in the state of California. Our current case rate is 714.68 per 100,000 people. The state average case rate is 110, and the average case rate in the United States is 288.

  • In addition to layering prevention measures – masking, washing your hands, social distancing, staying home when sick and getting vaccinated – there are other ways to stay safer when you need to go out in the community.

    • Use curbside pick-up or a delivery service when shopping for groceries or other goods. Some stores offer this as a free service. Some grocery stores also allow people to use CalFresh benefits for online shopping.
    • Consider shopping at times when stores are less busy.
    • When possible, dine outside if eating at a restaurant.

 

  • Myth: The COVID vaccine will alter my DNA.
    Fact:
    The messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer (Comirnaty), work by instructing cells in the body how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. Injecting mRNA into your body will not interact with or do anything to the DNA of your cells. Human cells break down and get rid of the mRNA soon after they have finished using the instructions. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is a vector vaccine, which uses a harmless version of a different virus, called a “vector,” to deliver information to the body that helps it protect you. It cannot change your DNA in any way.

  • Please don’t use the emergency room for non-emergencies, such as COVID-19 testing. Please only go to a hospital emergency department if you’re 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 ShastaReady.org.

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:

 

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?