Shasta County had the lowest daily rise in cases in weeks on Thursday with only 3 new cases reported, but on Friday 9 new cases were reported for a total of 488. The 9 new patients, range in age from their 20’s to their 50’s, and 7 of them were showing symptoms. There are 42 active cases. Two patient are hospitalized in intensive care. 10 Shasta County residents have died of the virus. 261 people are quarantined due to possible exposure.
Butte County had another substantial increase in cases on Friday with 49 reported cases for a total of 1370. 4 more fatalities were reported on Thursday for a total of 12. Tehama County has had 312 with one death. Trinity County has had 6. Glenn County has had 404 cases and 3 deaths. Lassen County has had 75 cases in the community, in addition to 619 in the prison population. There have been 110 in Siskiyou County and 299 in Humboldt County with 4 deaths. Modoc County has had 5 cases and all have recovered.
There have been 27,868 negative tests in Shasta County. Testing capacity has increased significantly, with results available much more quickly. Anyone can get tested for free, whether showing symptoms or not. The best option for testing can be found by going to shastaready.org and clicking on “get tested”. The Rural Association of Northern California Health Officers has asked the State Department of Public Health to allow counties to make their own decisions on whether restaurants can resume indoor dining with modifications. The association says that for counties like Shasta where the temperature can be extreme, outdoor dining is impractical. According to the counties health officer, Shasta County isn’t seeing a large number of cases that can be tied to restaurants, and moving them to outdoor dining isn’t an important strategy for limiting the spread in Shasta County.
Shasta County Public Health is reminding everybody that wearing a mask is how we care for and protect each other. It’s how we keep respiratory droplets contained when we speak, sneeze or cough. Keeping our case numbers low is the only way to stay off the state monitoring list and keep our schools and businesses open. It’s been pointed out that many healthcare providers have been seen working with no face covering, thereby placing patients at further risk.