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Past Daily Updates

Published March 4, 2022

Statistics from March 3, 2022

New cases: 29*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 3
Children 13-19: 3
Adults 20-29: 3
Adults 30-39: 4
Adults 40-49: 2
Adults 50-59: 3
Adults 60-69: 1
Adults 70-79: 3
Adults 80-89: 7
Adults 90+: 0
Total 29*

• Active cases: 174
• Hospitalized: 43
• People in ICU: 7
• Deaths reported: 14

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

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

Current Situation:

  • We are sorry to report 14 deaths today. They were a man in his 60s, 5 men in their 70s, 1 woman in her 70s, 2 men in their 80s, 2 women in their 80s and 3 women over age 89. Please note, today is when these deaths were confirmed and may be days or weeks after the people died.

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  • Taking care of your overall health adds another layer of protection against COVID-19. Keeping your heart active lowers your risk for heart disease. Physical activity can improve your heart health. Learn more about how to maintain a healthy heart.

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.


Published March 3, 2022

Statistics from March 2, 2022

New cases: 27*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 4
Children 13-19: 2
Adults 20-29: 3
Adults 30-39: 2
Adults 40-49: 5
Adults 50-59: 4
Adults 60-69: 3
Adults 70-79: 2
Adults 80-89: 1
Adults 90+: 1

Total 27*

• Active cases: 190
• Hospitalized: 44
• People in ICU: 8
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

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

Current Situation:

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  • Face coverings are still required for everyone in healthcare settings, emergency shelters, homeless shelters and long-term care settings, including adult and senior care facilities, regardless of vaccination status. For more masking guidance, see the CDPH flyer: When Should You Wear a Mask?

 

  • While we take action to lessen the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on our communities and our health care systems, it is also important to minimize the secondary health effects of this pandemic—including stress and anxiety. Healthy ways to cope with stress include eating healthy meals, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep. For more tips and resources, visit the Caring for Your Mental Health page at ShastaReady.org.

 

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.


Published March 2, 2022

Statistics from February 28 - March 1, 2022

*Today’s new cases include figures for Monday, March 1, 2022. Monday’s numbers are normally included in Tuesday’s update. However, due to a database error, they were not available yesterday.

New cases: 80*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 10
Children 13-19: 2
Adults 20-29: 13
Adults 30-39: 20
Adults 40-49: 9
Adults 50-59: 7
Adults 60-69: 8
Adults 70-79: 7
Adults 80-89: 3
Adults 90+: 1

Total 80*

• Active cases: 207
• Hospitalized: 48
• People in ICU: 8
• Deaths reported: 1  

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

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

Current Situation:

  • We are sorry to report 1 death today. She was a woman in her 50s. Please note, today is when the death was confirmed and may be days or weeks after the person died.

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  • Gov. Gavin Newsom recently unveiled the state’s SMARTER Plan, the next phase of California’s pandemic response. The SMARTER Plan will guide California’s strategic approach to managing COVID-19 while moving the state’s recovery forward. Emphasizing continued readiness, awareness and flexibility, the Plan ensures California maintains its focus on disproportionately impacted communities while staying prepared to respond to emerging COVID-19 variants and changing conditions. 
  • This report includes a weekly update to Shasta County’s total case numbers. Investigations are conducted to verify that cases meet state reporting requirements. Duplicate, out-of-county, and probable cases are removed. Probable cases include people who tested positive on an antigen test and those with reported symptoms but no confirmed PCR test.

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.


Published March 1, 2022

Statistics from February 28, 2022

New cases: -

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 80-89: -
Adults 90+: -
Total -

• Active cases: -
• Hospitalized: -
• People in ICU: -
• Deaths reported: -

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

Current Situation:

  • Due to a statewide error in California’s disease registry database, Shasta County does not have cases available to report today. Those numbers will be included in the March 2 Daily Update.
  • In California, masks are no longer required for unvaccinated individuals. They are still strongly recommended for all people in most indoor settings, especially in areas with high transmission, like Shasta County. After March 11, 2022, the universal masking requirement for K-12 school and childcare settings will also end. Masks are still required for everyone in high-transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, healthcare, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. For more information, visit the California Department of Public Health’s website.

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.


Published February 28, 2022

Statistics from February 25-27, 2022

New cases: 58

By age group:
Children 0-12: 0
Children 13-19: 5
Adults 20-29: 6
Adults 30-39: 9
Adults 40-49: 8
Adults 50-59: 7
Adults 60-69: 10
Adults 70-79: 8
Adults 80-89: 4
Adults 90+: 1

Total 58


• Active cases: 185
• Hospitalized: 50
• People in ICU: 8
• Deaths reported: 13

WEEKLY UPDATE 2/21 – 2/27):

 

  • 7-Day Case Numbers (by receive date):  242
  • 7-Day CDC Transmission Case Rate (by receive date):  134.4 per 100,000 (>100 is high)
  • 7-Day Test Positivity (by lab collect date):  3.8%
  • 7-Day Avg Hospitalized:  52.42
  • Deaths Reported in Last 7 Days:  13  

 

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

Current Situation:

  • We are sorry to report 13 deaths today. They were 2 men in their 50s, 1 man in his 60s, 3 men in their 70s, 2 women in their 70s, 4 men in their 80s and a man over age 89. Please note, today is when these deaths were confirmed and may be days or weeks after the people died.

  • Question: Is it unnecessary for young, healthy people to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Answer: As more adults and teens aged 16 and up become vaccinated, our focus shifts to our younger population, as they remain susceptible. The more people who are vaccinated, the less COVID-19 can spread. When anyone is vaccinated against COVID-19, no matter what age, they are not only protecting themselves, but also stopping the spread to their friends, older family members, and everyone who works hard to keep our communities safe and open.

  • HHSA released the first of a two-part series called Ask the Experts, a video featuring nine local doctors answering community members’ questions about COVID-19. The 30-minute video serves as another way to connect community members with medical professionals and answer questions about COVID-19. The video can be found on the agency’s social media channels and on ShastaReady.org.

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.


Published February 25, 2022

Statistics from February 24, 2022

New cases: 52*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 2
Children 13-19: 4
Adults 20-29: 2
Adults 30-39: 9
Adults 40-49: 7
Adults 50-59: 9
Adults 60-69: 9
Adults 70-79: 7
Adults 80-89: 2
Adults 90+: 1
Unknown: 0

Total 52*

• Active cases: 246
• Hospitalized: 48
• People in ICU: 9
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

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

Current Situation:

  • There are now medicines available to treat people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk for developing severe COVID-19. Talk to your doctor if you feel that you may be at higher risk. The medicines must be prescribed by a healthcare provider. Some can be taken by mouth and can be given outside the hospital. Others are given by injection or IV. Learn more on the Medications and Treatments page of ShastaReady.org.

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.


Published February 24, 2022

Statistics from February 23, 2022

New cases: 39*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 2
Children 13-19: 3
Adults 20-29: 10
Adults 30-39: 5
Adults 40-49: 5
Adults 50-59: 7
Adults 60-69: 4
Adults 70-79: 3
Adults 80-89: 0
Adults 90+: 0
Total 39*

• Active cases: 278
• Hospitalized: 55
• People in ICU: 11
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

 

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

Current Situation:

  • Shasta County’s case rates and hospitalizations have decreased over the past week, which is excellent news. Please continue to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19, including staying home when sick, getting tested if you’ve been exposed, wearing a mask in indoor public places (required for unvaccinated people and recommended for vaccinated people), and getting vaccinated if you are eligible.
  • Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home. The most common symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea and new loss of taste or smell. However, there are some emergency warning signs, and immediate medical attention is necessary if you have difficulty breathing, pressure or pain in your chest, bluish lips or face, if you’re confused or hard to wake, or if you have other serious symptoms. Learn more on the Symptoms page at ShastaReady.org.

 

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.


Published February 23, 2022

Statistics from February 22, 2022

New cases: 50*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 4
Children 13-19: 5
Adults 20-29: 3
Adults 30-39: 11
Adults 40-49: 3
Adults 50-59: 7
Adults 60-69: 9
Adults 70-79: 5
Adults 80-89: 2
Adults 90+: 1
Total 50*

• Active cases: 312
• Hospitalized: 54
• People in ICU: 10
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

 

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

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Current Situation:

  • Even if you aren't required to wear a mask, you may decide that wearing one is the right decision for you. Questions that may help you decide whether to wear a mask include:
    • What health risks do you and your family members have?
    • Do you have young children in your household who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated?
    • Are you fully vaccinated and boosted?
    • How high is COVID-19 transmission in your community? Shasta County’s transmission rate is 171.0 per 100,000, which has been steadily dropping, but is still within the CDC’s “high transmission” level.
  • This report includes a weekly update to Shasta County’s total case numbers. Investigations are conducted to verify that cases meet state reporting requirements. Duplicate, out-of-county, and probable cases are removed. Probable cases include people who tested positive on an antigen test and those with reported symptoms but no confirmed PCR test.

 

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.


Published February 22, 2022

Statistics from February 18-21, 2022

New cases: 122*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 4
Children 13-19: 5
Adults 20-29: 18
Adults 30-39: 14
Adults 40-49: 22
Adults 50-59: 20
Adults 60-69: 16
Adults 70-79: 13
Adults 80-89: 7
Adults 90+: 1
Unknown: 2
Total 122*

• Active cases: 365
• Hospitalized: 56
• People in ICU: 10
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

 

Weekly update (02/15/22 to 02/21/22):

 

  • 7-Day Case Numbers (by receive date):  398
  • 7-Day CDC Transmission Case Rate (by receive date):  221 per 100,000 (>100 is High)   
  • 7-Day Test Positivity (by lab collect date): 5.10% (5%-7.99% is moderate)
  • 7-Day Average Hospitalized:  72.14


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

Current Situation:

  • Question: Why was a decision on vaccine for children under 5 delayed?
    Answer:
    The ongoing clinical trials showed that two smaller doses of the vaccine in younger children do not create the same immune response as the larger doses used in older children. This evaluation is part of the rigorous review process that all COVID-19 vaccines have undergone before being authorized. After reviewing initial data, the FDA announced it would wait until more data from the ongoing trial is available, which could be in April, to help advisors make a science-based recommendation. Learn more about how to protect young children from COVID-19: Families and COVID-19.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom recently unveiled the state’s SMARTER Plan, the next phase of California’s pandemic response. Building on lessons learned over the past two years and the state’s ongoing commitment to equity, the SMARTER Plan will guide California’s strategic approach to managing COVID-19 while moving the state’s recovery forward. Emphasizing continued readiness, awareness and flexibility, the Plan ensures California maintains its focus on disproportionately impacted communities, while staying prepared to respond to emerging COVID-19 variants and changing conditions.

 

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.

Published February 18, 2022
By age group:
Children 0-12: 6
Children 13-19: 2
Adults 20-29: 11
Adults 30-39: 16
Adults 40-49: 8
Adults 50-59: 10
Adults 60-69: 7
Adults 70-79: 5
Adults 80-89: 8
Adults 90+: 2
Total 75*

• Active cases: 501
• Hospitalized: 77
• People in ICU: 14
• Deaths reported: 8

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

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

Current Situation:

  • We are sorry to report 8 deaths today. They were a woman in her 60s, 3 women in their 70s, 3 women in their 80s, and a woman over age 89. Please note, today is when these deaths were confirmed and may be days or weeks after the people died.
  • Have you ever tried to fix an ongoing lack of energy by getting more sleep — only to do so and still feel exhausted? Sleep and rest are not the same thing, so this weekend, try to prioritize rest in these seven areas: Physical, mental, sensory, creative, emotional, spiritual and social. Learn more in the attached graphic.
  • County offices will be closed for the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 21. Our next daily update will be on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

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. 

Published February 17, 2022

Statistics from February 16, 2022

New cases: 70*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 11
Children 13-19: 6
Adults 20-29: 10
Adults 30-39: 6
Adults 40-49: 5
Adults 50-59: 9
Adults 60-69: 5
Adults 70-79: 5
Adults 80-89: 8
Adults 90+: 4
Unknown: 1

Total 70*

• Active cases: 504
• Hospitalized: 83
• People in ICU: 16
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

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

Current Situation:

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  • Vaccine is still the best way to protect yourself from severe illness and death from COVID-19. See attached graphics for comparison of cases, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status. (Source: https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard/)
  • Self-tests for COVID-19 give rapid results and can be taken anywhere. They detect current infection and give your result in a few minutes. They are different from laboratory-based tests that may take days to return your result. Self-tests protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19. Self-tests do not detect antibodies, which would suggest a previous infection and they do not measure your level of immunity. Insurance covers COVID tests; check with your insurance company for details on how to access your tests. Or, order one set of four free at-home tests at USPS.com.
  • The Sikh Cultural and Education Center and Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect will host a vaccine and booster clinic from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, February 18) at Shasta Lake Chiropractic, 4221 Shasta Dam Blvd. Free testing kits, food and gift cards will be provided. All vaccine brands are available. Language services will be available in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Spanish, Mien and Hmong. Youth ages 5 to 17 must have a parent or guardian present. For more information, call (530) 440-2626 or (628) 502-6203.

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.

Published February 17, 2022

Statistics from February 15, 2022

New cases: 86*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 11
Children 13-19: 8
Adults 20-29: 15
Adults 30-39: 13
Adults 40-49: 9
Adults 50-59: 11
Adults 60-69: 8
Adults 70-79: 5
Adults 80-89: 4
Adults 90+: 2

Total 86*

• Active cases: 546
• Hospitalized: 84
• People in ICU: 14
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

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

Current Situation:

  • Today, definitions for indoor and outdoor mega events return to pre-surge guidance (from 500 to 1,000 attendees for indoor events, and 5,000 to 10,000 attendees for outdoor events). To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/CDPHMegaEvents. The statewide indoor masking policy has also changed. A mask is no longer required for vaccinated individuals in most places, but is still strongly recommended. All unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks in indoor public places. To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/Masking_CDPH.
  • This report includes a weekly update to Shasta County’s total case numbers. Investigations are conducted to verify that cases meet state reporting requirements. Duplicate, out-of-county, and probable cases are removed. Probable cases include people who tested positive on an antigen test and those with reported symptoms but no confirmed PCR test.

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.

Published February 15, 2022

Statistics from February 14, 2022

New cases: 96*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 11
Children 13-19: 7
Adults 20-29: 18
Adults 30-39: 15
Adults 40-49: 6
Adults 50-59: 10
Adults 60-69: 10
Adults 70-79: 9
Adults 80-89: 6
Adults 90+: 3
Unknown: 1

Total 96*

• Active cases: 637
• Hospitalized: 75
• People in ICU: 13
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

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

Current Situation:

  • Blood centers have an urgent need for donations of all blood types right now. Donating blood is a lifesaving resource for those who need it most, like accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. Make an appointment today: https://bit.ly/AABBdonate.
  • The Sikh Cultural and Education Center and Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect will host a vaccine and booster clinic from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 18, at Shasta Lake Chiropractic, 4221 Shasta Dam Blvd. Free testing kits, food and gift cards will be provided. All vaccine brands are available. Language services will be available in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Spanish, Mien and Hmong. Youth ages 5 to 17 must have a parent or guardian present. For more information, call (530) 440-2626, (628) 502-6203.

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.

Published February 14, 2022

Statistics from February 10-13, 2022

New cases: 270*

By age group:
Children 0-12: 21
Children 13-19: 21
Adults 20-29: 37
Adults 30-39: 33
Adults 40-49: 31
Adults 50-59: 34
Adults 60-69: 33
Adults 70-79: 34
Adults 80-89: 15
Adults 90+: 7
Unknown: 4
Total 270*

• Active cases: 565
• Hospitalized: 73
• People in ICU: 13
• Deaths reported: 0

*The number of new cases shown is incomplete for various reasons. For example, many at-home tests are not reported, and not all people who are close contacts of positive cases get tested.

Weekly update (2/7/22 to 2/13/22):

  • 7-Day Case Numbers (by receive date):  731
  • 7-Day CDC Transmission Case Rate (by receive date):  405.9 per 100,000 (>100 is High)   
  • 7-Day Test Positivity (by lab collect date): 7.4% (5%-7.99% is moderate)
  • 7-Day Average Hospitalized:  67.85

 

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

Current Situation:

  • California’s mask guidance will change tomorrow to strongly recommend (rather than require) vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in most public indoor places. This change does not include schools, among other places, but California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced today that he will provide an update on school mask guidance on Feb. 28. Changes are not expected to be put into place that day, but he plans to announce when to expect changes. Community transmission, case rates, hospital and ICU capacity, and community vaccination rates will be a factor in these decisions, he said. For more information, see the state’s Guidance for the Use of Masks.

  • Ask your healthcare provider if you qualify for COVID-19 treatment. You may be eligible if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, are immunocompromised, or have had a severe adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine (meaning you cannot be fully vaccinated). Treatments may help you recover faster from COVID-19 or protect you from getting it. Learn more on ShastaReady’s Treatments and Therapeutics page.

    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.