California officials have imposed a new stay-at-home order on more than 33 Million people. The new rules took effect just before Midnight Sunday for Southern California and a large swath of the Central Valley. The rules were triggered when available capacity in the region’s intensive care units fell below 15%. 5 counties in the San Francisco Bay voluntarily adopted the new rules because they did not want to want for their ICU’s to fill up before taking action. Some local law enforcement said they would not enforce the rules. Others say they are educating the public and will issue citations only if necessary. As of December 3rd Shasta County’s ICU capacity was 18.6%
Another Shasta County resident has died of COVID-19. He was a man in his 70’s, bringing the total fatalities to 53. Another 125 cases were reported from Thursday for a total so far of 5,490. There are 53 people in the hospital, 8 of them in intensive care. Public health estimates at least 492 currently active cases. Thousands of people are under quarantine orders due to possible exposure. Anyone who tests positive but has no symptoms should isolate themselves until 10 days after being tested. Those with symptoms need to be fever-free for at least 24 hours before leaving isolation.
Tehama County has had 1,945 cases and 28 deaths.
Trinity County has had 186 cases.
Siskiyou County has had 786 cases and 5 deaths.
Butte County has had 4,417 cases and 60 deaths.
Glenn County has had 1,018 cases and 11 deaths.
Humboldt County has had 1,014 cases and 9 deaths.
Lassen County has had two deaths among their 625 cases in the community and one death among the 1,797 cases in prison.
Modoc County has reached 181 cases.
Widespread testing is a vital component in slowing the spread. Shasta County has reported 87,361 negative tests. A new state testing is now being done at HHSA Offices in Shasta Lake, Anderson, South Redding, Enterprise and Shasta College. Appointments for free testing at any of these sites can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting or visit shastaready.org.
There’s a lot of information at shastaready.org, the Facebook Coronavirus Information Center and cdc.gov.