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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Current News 

Published October 22, 2021

Statistics from October 21, 2021

New cases: 118

By age group:
Children 0-12: 24
Children 13-19: 9
Adults 20-29: 13
Adults 30-39: 24
Adults 40-49: 10
Adults 50-59: 19
Adults 60-69: 10
Adults 70-79: 6
Adults 80-89: 2
Adults 90+: 0
Age unknown 1

Total 118

• Active cases: 537
• Hospitalized: 77
• People in ICU: 15
• Deaths reported: 0

For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at

  • This week, the FDA approved Emergency Authorization Use (EUA) of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster vaccines. For an additional layer of safety, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup will examine the FDA’s findings. Once the workgroup’s review is complete, eligible Californians can get their boosters. Please keep in mind it may take additional time for local vaccine clinics to update their protocols to provide Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters. When everything is in place, eligibility criteria will be as follows:
    • A booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least 6 months after completion of the two-dose series to individuals:
      • 65 years of age and older
      • 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
      • 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19
    • A booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least 2 months after completion of the single-dose primary regimen to individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • Question: Is natural immunity from having COVID-19 more effective than immunity from vaccination?
    Answer: A recent study of COVID-19 infections in Kentucky among people who were previously infected shows that unvaccinated individuals are more than twice as likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated after initially contracting the virus. This shows that COVID-19 vaccines offer better protection than natural immunity alone and that vaccines, even after prior infection, help prevent reinfections.
  • Free walk-in or by-appointment vaccinations are available for ages 12 and older at the Redding Senior Center at 2290 Benton Drive. The clinic is open Fridays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed 2 to 3 p.m.). For other vaccination options, visit or

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?