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Thursday 6:30AM: Shasta County Reports 113 New COVID-19 Infections

Shasta County reported 113 new Coronavirus cases, for a total of 7,707. The death toll remains at 73. An estimated 408 people have the virus right now, 45 of them hospitalized and 5 of them in intensive care. The regional ICU capacity has improved to 31.5%. A drop to 15% would trigger the stay at home order that’s already imposed on most of the state.

Butte County has reported another 6 deaths to total 96 among their 7,269 cases.
Tehama County has had 3,292 cases and 36 deaths.
Trinity County has had 272 cases and 4 deaths.
1,146 have been reported in Siskiyou County with 11 deaths.
Glenn County has had 1,449 cases and 14 deaths.
Humboldt County has had 1,731 cases and 22 deaths.
Lassen County has had 7 deaths among their 1,430 cases in the community and two deaths among the 3,226 cases in prison.
Modoc County has had 320 cases and has reported their first death from Covid.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced the first known case of the new and apparently more contagious variant of the Coronavirus in the state, following the first reported U.S. case in Colorado.

California has extended its strict stay-at-home orders in areas where intensive care units are running out of beds. The state’s top health official said Tuesday that Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley still have what is considered no ICU capacity and that the state’s coronavirus restrictions would continue longer there.

Shasta County is currently issuing the Pfizer vaccine to health care workers, of which there are nearly 14,000 in the county, as well as residents of long term care facilities. Other segments of the population will be vaccinated as supplies increase. Although the Covid vaccine is not yet widely available, the flu shot is highly recommended and it’s free by appointment at shastaflushots.com.

Britain has authorized use of a second COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first country to greenlight an easy-to-handle shot that AstraZeneca hopes will become the “vaccine for the world.”

Public health says the county’s high testing volume has improved numbers and can eventually allow the county to drop out of the purple tier. That would require an adjusted case rate of less than 7 daily cases per 100,000 residents. It’s currently 29.9. testing is free and convenient with sites in Shasta Lake, Anderson, North Redding, Enterprise and Shasta College. Testing is by appointment only at lhi.care/covidtesting or visit shastaready.org.