6:30AM Thursday: Shasta County Reports 6 Additional COVID-19 Deaths

Shasta County continues to see new Covid deaths reported everyday including six from Wednesday. Nearly of the deaths reported were among the elderly. The total number of COVID-19 deaths in the county stands at 138. 104 new positive tests were announced bringing the total to 10,212. Public health estimates there are 364 active cases in the county. The regional ICU capacity remains at 47.9%.

Tehama County has reported 4,605 cases and 46 deaths.
There have been 307 cases and 5 deaths in Trinity County.
1,517 have been reported in Siskiyou County with 13 deaths.
Butte County has reported 136 deaths among their 9,820 cases.
Lassen County has had 14 deaths among their 1,882 cases in the community and 2 deaths among the 3,437 cases in prison.
Glenn County has had 1,990 cases and 22 deaths.
Humboldt County has had 2,672 cases and 27 deaths.
Modoc County has had 399 cases and 4 deaths.

California’s health agency announced health insurance giant Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator tasked with ramping up the state’s Coronavirus vaccine system. The state has lagged in getting vaccines into its nearly 40 Million residents, with counties and hospital systems operating separate programs. The contract with blue shield is still being finalized but its task is to “create, contract with and manage a statewide vaccine administration network.” It will also allocate doses directly to county public health departments, hospitals and pharmacies.

For now, Shasta County is vaccinating healthcare workers and people aged 75 and older. Supplies are still very limited. Those who wish to be vaccinated should go to shastaready.org and click on “Tell Me When It’s My Turn” or call 245-7890.

Shasta County’s adjusted case rate has dropped to 36.5 daily cases per 100,000 residents. More testing would bring the number down further. The threshold for the purple tier is 7.

Testing is free and convenient, with appointment information at shastaready.org.