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September 21, 2021

by Anna Vietti | Sep 21, 2021


September 21, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from September 20, 2021

New cases: 194

By age group:

Children 0-12:                      17
Children 13-19:                    26
Adults 20-29:                       34
Adults 30-39:                       33
Adults 40-49:                       28
Adults 50-59:                       21
Adults 60-69:                       16
Adults 70-79:                       14
Adults 80-89:                       3
Adults 90+:                          1
Unknown:                            1
Total                                194

Active cases: 851

Hospitalized: 78

People in ICU: 17
Deaths reported: 3 (woman in her 50s, 2 men over 89)

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

Current Situation:

  • We are sorry to report 3 deaths today. They were a woman in her 50s and 2 men over the age of 89.

  • Vaccination can protect against variants, but no vaccine offers 100% protection. That’s why it’s important to follow the “Swiss cheese model” below. Stack the cheese and layer on protection—wear a mask, use social distancing, wash hands, move activities outdoors and stay home when sick, in addition to vaccination.


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  • 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 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

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?