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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

September 20, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Sep 20, 2021

September 20, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from September 17-19, 2021


New cases: 357

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 80-89:





Adults 90+:
















Active cases: 707

Hospitalized: 78

People in ICU: 17

Weekly update (7-day range 9/13 to 9/19):  

  • 7-Day Case Numbers (by receive date): 966  
  • 7-Day CDC Transmission Case Rate (by receive date): 536.4 per 100,000 (>100 is high)  
  • 7-Day Test Positivity (by lab collect date): 11.1%  
  • 7-Day Avg Hospitalized: 86.3  
  • Deaths Reported in Last 7 Days: 11

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

Current Situation:

  • This report includes a weekly update to Shasta County's total case numbers. Investigations are conducted to verify that cases meet state reporting requirements. Duplicate, out-of-county, and probable cases are removed. Probable cases include antigen positive respiratory samples, as well as those with reported symptoms and no confirmed lab test.

  • News on third doses and boosters: This week, the FDA is scheduled to approve its vaccine advisory committee’s recommendation from last Friday to make 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. 

  • 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 these quarantine and isolation instructions.

    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

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.

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

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?