With a mortality rate of a little over 5%, the priority is protecting our elderly and other vulnerable family and neighbors. That’s why officials say masks should be worn in public, social distancing should be maintained, hands should be washed frequently and travel should be avoided. Anyone who is ill should stay home. Symptoms include cough, fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, and a loss of taste or smell. Everyone should take the time to get tested whether they have symptoms or not, which can be done for free at a covid testing station at Shasta College or at the Red Bluff Community Center or at Corning High School. If insurance doesn’t cover the cost, the state will. Appointments can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting. Mobile testing is now available in Burney and Fall River, with appointments at 225-5591. Shasta County has reported 7,151 negative test results. Most businesses are approved for reopening if they have a plan to do it safely. The latest include cosmetology services, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and massage therapy. A lot of guidance for businesses to reopen safely is available at shastaready.org.