6AM Monday: County Drops COVID-19 Alert Level To Stage 2

Shasta County added 10 new COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 531. The numbers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be released Monday afternoon. The new patients range in age from 3 teenagers to a man in his 90’s. Four of the new patients had symptoms and there are currently 5 people hospitalized, with 4 in intensive care. There are 32 active cases and 199 people are quarantined due to possible exposure. 11 Shasta County residents have died from COVID-19. Public health says that the county’s alert level has been downgraded to “moderate risk” stage 2 due to a decrease in reported cases.

Butte County reported 18 new cases Friday for a total of 1,555 with 17 deaths. Trinity County has had 8 cases. Tehama County has had 356 with one death. Glenn County has had 425 cases with 3 deaths. Lassen County has had 78 cases in the community, in addition to 626 in the prison population. There have been 115 in Siskiyou County and 342 in Humboldt County with 4 deaths. Modoc County has had 5 cases and all have recovered.

There have been 30,950 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. COVID-19 spreads through airborne droplets when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. Someone who doesn’t know they have it can easily share the virus with others. That’s why wearing a face covering while around other people is the most effective way to avoid the spread.