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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

September 7, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Sep 07, 2021

September 7, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from September 3-6, 2021

• New cases: 248

• Active cases: 711

• Hospitalized: 106

• People in ICU: 19
• Deaths reported: 3 (man in his 70s, and 2 men over 89)

WEEKLY UPDATE (8/31 – 9/6):


  • 7-Day Case Numbers (by date received):  836
  • 7-Day CDC level of transmission 464.24 per 100,000 (>100 is high)
  • 7-Day Test Positivity (by lab collected date):  12.45%
  • 7-Day Average Hospitalized:  90.71
  • Deaths Reported in Last 7 Days:  4

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

Current Situation:

  • We are sorry to report 3 deaths today. They were a man in his 70s and 2 men over the age of 89.

  • Shasta County has reached another new record high for hospitalizations. On August 23, 2021, there were 91 people hospitalized. As of yesterday, there were 106 people hospitalized.

  • School sports teams are being affected by COVID-19. A growing number of youth are testing positive for COVID-19. It can be very difficult to avoid close contact with others when you are on a sports team. When one member of a sports team tests positive, many of that player’s teammates can end up being quarantined, which has already resulted in canceled games. Vaccinated youth who do not have symptoms do not have to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact.

  • 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:


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?