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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

September 17, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Sep 17, 2021

September 17, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from September 16, 2021


New cases: 209

By age group:

Children 0-12:





Children 13-19:





Adults 20-29:





Adults 30-39:





Adults 40-49:





Adults 50-59:





Adults 60-69:





Adults 70-79:





Adults 80-88:





Adults 89+:
















• Active cases: 1,188

• Hospitalized: 86

• People in ICU: 21
• Deaths reported: 2 (a man in his 40s and a woman in her 70s)

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

Current Situation:

  • We are sorry to report 2 deaths today. They were a man in his 40s and a woman in her 70s.

  • News on third doses and boosters: Today, the FDA approved the first step of an addition to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine. This would allow people to get a Pfizer booster if they are 65 or older, at high risk of a severe COVID-19 case, or are a healthcare worker or other high-exposure employee. The CDC must also approve this decision before it is finalized. The CDC vaccine advisers are scheduled to meet Sept. 22 and 23.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID, even if you are vaccinated, please isolate yourself. This means staying home and away from others for 10 days after your symptoms appeared, or 10 days after the date of your positive test if you don’t have symptoms.
    Please also notify close contacts who has been within 6 feet of you for 15 minutes or more. If the close contact is vaccinated, they do not need to quarantine, but if they develop symptoms, they should be tested. If they are unvaccinated, they should quarantine at home for 10 days after they were last in contact with you and get tested. More detailed instructions are available on isolation and quarantine and testing at

    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:


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?