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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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September 3, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Sep 03, 2021

September 3, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from September 2, 2021

• New cases: 131

• Active cases: 969

• Hospitalized: 88

• People in ICU: 23

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at ShastaReady.org

Current Situation:

  • We have resumed reporting active cases due to the surge. Right now, 969 people in Shasta County are on isolation because they are still contagious.

  • Enjoy your Labor Day weekend but remain vigilant. There are a lot of COVID-19 cases— reported and unreported—in our community right now. If you’re planning to be around others, please wear a mask, keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you’re sick.

  • COVID-19 is making some young people very sick. Three people under age 25, including one under age 18, have been hospitalized this week.

  • 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.

  • 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 the site will revert back to its regular Monday-Friday testing schedule. LHI has doubled its capacity for testing. For more information, visit the Get Tested page at ShastaReady.org.

  • 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.

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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?