Shasta County added 6 new COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 521. The new patients are all under the age of 50. They include a teenage boy, three men in their 20’s, and a man and a woman in their 40’s. 5 of the them have symptoms. There are 30 active cases. 4 patients are hospitalized, and are in intensive care. Eleven Shasta County residents have died of the virus. 193 people are quarantined due to possible exposure.
Butte County reported 3 additional deaths on Thursday for a total of 17. The county also reported 41 new cases for 1537. Trinity County has had 8 cases. Tehama County has had 352 with one death. Glenn County has had 421 cases with 3 deaths. Lassen County has had 78 cases in the community, in addition to 625 in the prison population. There have been 114 in Siskiyou County and 320 in Humboldt County with 4 deaths. Modoc County has had 5 cases and all have recovered.
There have been 30,422 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”.
Shasta County Public Health says COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, after Heart Disease and cancer. They also want to stress that although COVID-19 enters the body through the respiratory system, it’s more than just a respiratory illness, as it also damages other systems, including the heart, kidneys and brain. There are no drugs or other products approved by the government to prevent or treat the virus, and no vaccine has been developed yet. Wearing a face covering while around other people is the most effective way to avoid the spread.