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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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September 8, 2021

by Mark Ewing | Sep 08, 2021

September 8, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from September 7, 2021

• New cases: 162

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: 758

• Hospitalized: 105

• People in ICU: 16

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

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Current Situation:

  • Please do not visit the emergency room unless you are having a medical emergency. In adults, emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in chest
    • New mental confusion or inability to wake someone
    • Bluish lips or face
    • This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe
  • Claim: Whether you’re vaccinated or not, you can still get COVID-19, and the vast majority of patients survive.
    While the COVID-19 vaccine is very effective, some vaccinated people do still get COVID. Vaccinated people with breakthrough infections mostly experience mild illness and are far less likely to become severely ill, be hospitalized or die, compared to unvaccinated people. While older people and those with pre-existing health problems are usually the ones who get the sickest, young and otherwise healthy people have been hospitalized and died from COVID-19 in Shasta County. To reduce your risk of infection, in addition to getting vaccinated, please wear a mask indoors, keep a 6-foot distance from others who don’t live with you, wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and stay home when you’re sick.

    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.

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

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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?