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9:30AM Friday: 37 People Remain Hospitalized With COVID-19 In Shasta County

Shasta County has had a one day break in new Covid deaths. 138 county residents have died of the virus. 69 new cases have been reported, as well as 872 negative tests. The total number of cases so far is 10,281. An estimated 303 people have the virus right now, 37 of them hospitalized and 2 in intensive care. The regional ICU capacity is 47.9%.

Tehama County has reported 4,626 cases and 46 deaths.
There have been 307 cases and 5 deaths in Trinity County.
1,527 have been reported in Siskiyou County with 13 deaths.
Butte County has reported 136 deaths among their 9,862 cases.
Lassen County has had 14 deaths among their 1,893 cases in the community and 2 deaths among the 3,441 cases in prison.
Glenn County has had 1,994 cases and 22 deaths.
Humboldt County has had 2,725 cases and 27 deaths.
Modoc County has had 400 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.