9:30AM Wednesday: New COVID-19 Cases Continue To Surge Among Younger People

Shasta County’s COVID-19 cases increased by 110 Sunday and 75 Monday, for a total of 3,483. The 185 new cases are still trending younger, with 47 of them in their 20’s. 36 people have died of the virus. There are 26 patients currently hospitalized with 3 in intensive care. Public Health is still unable to provide an update on how many active cases there are or how many people are under quarantine orders.

Tehama County has had 1,249 cases and 19 deaths. Trinity County has had 83 cases. Siskiyou County has had 403 cases and one death. Butte County has had 3,501 cases and 57 deaths. Glenn County has had 791 cases and 6 deaths. 653 cases are reported in Humboldt County with 10 deaths. Lassen County has reported a second death among their 246 cases in the community and 931 in prison. Modoc County has had reached 100 cases.

Officials say the record high case numbers are not an isolated outbreak that can be easily contained. The virus is spreading throughout the community and the county has a case rate about 5 times beyond the purple tier limit. Shasta County must show red tier numbers for two consecutive weeks before restrictions will ease.

Public health says those who have had symptoms may return to work or school after 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and 24 hours with no fever.

There’s a statewide mandate for face coverings to be worn whenever someone is outside the home, with limited exceptions. 28 counties in the state have moved into the purple tier, including Butte, Glenn, Siskiyou, and Trinity. Humboldt and Modoc Counties are now in the red tier.

The Governors of California, Oregon and Washington have issued travel advisories urging people entering their states or returning from travel to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Widespread testing is a vital component in getting Shasta County out of the purple tier. There have been 75,108 negative tests in Shasta County. Free testing options can be found at shastaready.org.