2:30PM Wednesday: Only 3 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Shasta County

Shasta County reported 3 new Coronavirus cases Wednesday for a total of 575. There are 21 active cases, 3 of them hospitalized and one in intensive care. 12 Shasta County residents have died. 97 people are quarantined due to possible exposure.

Butte County reported another 62 cases Wednesday for a total of 2,208, with 23 deaths. Chico State has gone to distance learning and the dorms are being cleared out. Trinity County has had 13 cases. Tehama County is on the state watch list with 424 cases and one death. Glenn County has had 463 cases and 3 deaths. Lassen County has had 82 cases in the community, in addition to 633 in the prison population. There have been 138 in Siskiyou County and 368 in Humboldt County with 4 deaths. Modoc County has added 1 for a total of 14.

There have been 35,738 negative tests in Shasta County. Anyone can get tested for free. The best option can be found by going to shastaready.org and clicking on “get tested”.

The new formula for allowing businesses to open means that in Shasta County. Restaurants can have indoor dining at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. The same goes for churches and movie theaters. Gyms, fitness centers, indoor pools, cardrooms, wineries and entertainment centers like bowling alleys can allow 25% capacity. Bars and breweries that don’t serve food may only serve people outdoors

A third leading candidate COVID-19 vaccine has entered a final stage of human testing in the United States. AstraZeneca announced Monday its potential COVID-19 vaccine has entered final trials in the U.S. to test the effectiveness and safety of the product. The Cambridge, England-based company said the trial will involve up to 30,000 adults from various racial, ethnic and geographic groups.

California has inked a $15 million deal with a software company to develop a new COVID-19 tracking system. The announcement Tuesday came about a month after the state said its current system had undercounted confirmed cases. The problem had serious implications, since the state uses those numbers to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools. Officials say the deal with Minnesota-based OptumInsight Inc. will allow the state to better track the spread of the virus. California has more confirmed cases than any other state. But recent trends show those numbers dropping, and the percentage of positive tests is also declining.