California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections. That’s according to a tally Monday by Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone wasn’t entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed was stunning. The state only reached 2 million reported cases on Dec. 24. California also has seen more than 33,600 deaths due to COVID-19. A caseload surge that began last fall has strained hospitals. Officials warn that a recent slight downward trend could reverse when the full impact of holiday gathering transmissions is felt.
Shasta County Public Health has not released any new data this week, because of the MLK Day holiday. On Friday six more Coronavirus deaths were reported in Shasta County. There have been a total of 117 Shasta County residents killed by the virus, with 44 of them in the first two weeks of the year. Most fatalities are elderly but the latest included a man in his 30’s and a man in his 50’s. There have been 9,594 confirmed cases so far. An estimated 683 people had the virus as of Friday, 55 of them hospitalized and 5 of them in intensive care. The regional ICU capacity has not yet been updated by the state.
Tehama County has reported 3,971 cases and 42 deaths.
There have been 302 cases and 4 deaths in Trinity County.
1,388 have been reported in Siskiyou County with 12 deaths.
Lassen County has had 11 deaths among their 1,686 cases in the community and 2 deaths among the 3,381 cases in prison.
Butte County has reported 121 deaths among their 9,091 cases.
Glenn County has had 1798 cases and 19 deaths.
Humboldt County has had 2,263 cases and 24 deaths.
Modoc County has had 383 cases and now 3 deaths.
Shasta County is getting vaccine to seniors as soon as possible. The shots are now available to those 75 and older. Currently vaccination clinics cannot accept any more recipients. Details on distribution are still being finalized as there is still more demand than supply. Anyone can be alerted when they become eligible and how to get it by going to shastaready.org and selecting “Tell Me When It’s My Turn”.
Covid testing is free and convenient, with different options available. visit shastaready.org.