Shasta County Sets Record For COVID-19 Hospitalizations, 7th Death Reported This Week

Hospitalizations for Covid in Shasta County have exceeded what they were at the height of the pandemic. As of Wednesday there are 75 Covid patients in the hospital, 15 of them in the ICU. Another unvaccinated person has died, an elderly man, for a three day total of 7. Another 124 cases were also confirmed on Wednesday. Shasta County Public Health says anyone who tests positive, has symptoms or has been exposed to someone with the virus should not go to an emergency room or other medical facility and risk infecting others, but should follow the isolation and quarantine instructions at shastaready.org. Officials say vaccines are safe and effective, even against the Delta Variant. Shasta County has one of the state’s lowest vaccination rates. A free walk-in vaccine clinic is open at the Redding Senior Center on Benton Drive each Friday through Sunday from 10AM to 7PM, with other options available at myturn.ca.gov.