Here are some frequently asked questions related to the coronavirus pandemic, and their answers courtesy of Larimer County and the CDC.
New COVID-19 cases confirmed in Shasta County, 80 total
Sunday, June 21, 6:00 a.m.
Shasta County reported Saturday night that it had confirmed four new cases of COVID-19, a second day in a row that the total number of confirmed cases in the county rose to 80.
14 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Friday.
The new patients confirmed on Saturday are:
Patients with symptoms: A man in his thirties, a man in his forties and a man in his sixties who is being hospitalized.
Patients with no symptoms: A woman in her seventies who lives in a community.
District officials said Saturday 27 people remained in isolation while 50 are in quarantine.
The coronavirus death toll remains at four for Shasta County.
Shasta County's COVID-19 alert level has been raised to "high risk".
Saturday, June 20, 10:13 a.m.
Shasta County's COVID alert level rose from level 2, medium risk, to level 3 – high risk – on Friday after 14 new cases of coronavirus were identified, marking a new daily high of confirmed cases.
The alert rose after county health officials said 11 of the 14 cases identified on Friday were related to a family reunion reported earlier this week.
Shasta County had a total of 76 confirmed coronavirus cases as of early Saturday, as well as four COVID-19-related deaths.
The heightened alert is due to pools, libraries, restaurants and other businesses in Shasta County reopening after Governor Gavin Newsom's closure in mid-March.
As the coronavirus continues to spread, the governor issued an order Thursday that people across the state must wear masks in most indoor and outdoor areas if removal is not possible.
"As we raise our alert level, we reach a high risk that we should limit daily activities to improve safety," said Kerri Schuette, spokeswoman for Shasta County Health and Human Services.
Actions should include people wearing cloth covering in public, which is now a state mandate, she said.
People should also follow social distancing guidelines in public places, wash their hands frequently, and stay home when they feel sick, she said.
“Most of the people who have (COVID-19) got it from someone who was experiencing symptoms. If you think it might be allergies, if you think it might just be a little bit cold, please be careful. Suppose it's COVID. . . and let yourself be tested and isolate yourself from other people, ”said Schuette.
The COVID Alert Level measures disease status, its impact on the health system, and how effective the community's efforts have been in controlling COVID-19.
Shasta County has 14 new COVID-19 cases, a new daily high
6 p.m. Friday, June 19
Shasta County Public Health announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, 11 of which are related to a family reunion reported earlier this week.
None of the patients will be hospitalized, health officials said.
The new patients are:
Patients with symptoms: Two women in their twenties, one man in their twenties, three women in their thirties, one man in their thirties, one man in their forties, two women in their forties and one woman in their sixties.
Patients with no symptoms: A young girl and two men in their forties.
The jump on Friday is a new day high. Shasta County has now reported a total of 76 confirmed virus cases. The previous day's high was Wednesday when seven cases were reported.
According to health officials, 38 people are in quarantine and 26 in isolation. The death toll for Shasta County remains at four.
In its Friday night report, the county's Health and Human Services Agency noted how California was shut down in mid-March to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. The stay-at-home order has hit the economy and hurt small businesses, the agency said.
"Most of these restrictions have been eased, but the virus continues to spread in our community. So we need other ways to slow it down," officials said
Public health says, "To help keep people safe and the openness of our small businesses":
- Wear face covering according to the instructions of the new state order
- Maintain social distance
- Stay home when you are sick
Redding Police will not enforce mask order
Thursday, June 18, 2:45 p.m.
California's new requirement that people wear face masks in public raises questions about how the order will be enforced.
Redding Police Chief Bill Schueller said Friday his department had received questions and his response was that officers would not enforce the order.
"The limited resources of the Redding Police Department must be prioritized for more immediate public safety issues," Schueller said in a Facebook post.
Instead, Schueller is asking people to comply with requests from companies to wear masks or face covers.
“We want companies to stay open. Wearing masks when it is not possible to be socially distant can reduce the recurrence of COVID-19 cases, ”he said.
Kate Folmar, a spokeswoman for California's health and welfare agency, said on an Associated Press story that violating the ordinance could result in felony charges, fines, or other punishments, or that the California Department of Safety and Health was on Workplace action could be taken by companies.
But Mark Ghaly, the agency's secretary, said the department doesn't want to focus on enforcement and expects most Californians to comply, The AP reported.
According to Governor Gavin Newsom's orders on Thursday, people across the state must wear masks in most indoor and outdoor areas if distancing is impossible as the coronavirus continues to spread.
The ordinance states that people should wear masks when in or in line for indoor public spaces, in healthcare facilities such as hospitals and pharmacies, while waiting or driving for public transport, and in outdoor areas where it is not possible to 6 to stay, should wear feet away from others, the AP said.
Win-River Casino requires masks
3 pm. Friday June 19th
Win-River Resort & Casino announced on Thursday that guests must wear a cloth mask inside.
The casino said on its Facebook page that guests and team members are given face masks when they don't. People can wear their own mask as long as it complies with the resort and casino guidelines.
"You can remove your mask to eat, drink or smoke," added the casino.
4 new COVID-19 cases unrelated to the party
Thursday, June 18, 5:48 p.m.
Four new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Shasta County Thursday, but none of the sick had ties to a large family party that has so far been linked to seven cases of the virus.
That brings the locally confirmed total to 62 infections.
The youngest people affected are two women in their fifties who have no symptoms, a man in their forties with symptoms, and a woman in their thirties with symptoms.
Shasta County reports daily highs in new cases
Wednesday June 17th, 5:30 p.m.
Shasta County health officials announced seven more cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the most commonly reported in a single day in the county since the outbreak began.
The increase brings the number of cases in the district to 58.
Six of the seven cases confirmed on Wednesday were related to a case reported on Sunday of a man in his twenties who recently attended a large family reunion, said Kerri Schuette, spokeswoman for the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.
The latest patients showed all of the symptoms of COVID-19. They include:
A man in his fifties who is being hospitalized. The other six patients are isolated at home.
The home is a woman in her forties, a man in her thirties, a woman in her thirties, two men in her twenties, and a teenager.
District officials urge residents to practice these habits to help slow the spread of the virus:
- Put 6 feet of space between yourself and others
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Wear fabric covering in public spaces
- Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid touching your face
Cinemark in Redding will reopen on July 10th
Wednesday, June 17, 9:45 a.m.
Cinemark 14 in Redding will reopen on July 10 with limited capacity seating and improved cleaning and disinfection measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company said on Wednesday.
Cinemark will gradually reopen on Friday in select theaters in the Dallas area. The remaining theaters will reopen on July 3rd, 10th and 17th.
Auditoriums have limited capacity seating that meets or exceeds local health regulations, and the seat next to parties will be locked when purchasing tickets, the company said.
Cinema Cinemark 14 is closed until a water pipe that has burst on the second floor has been repaired. (Photo: Amber Sandhu / Record Searchlight)
Further measures taken by the company are:
- Seat cloths and hand disinfectants are available to customers.
- Guests are required to wear face masks. In Cinemark, moviegoers may need to wear masks to comply with local guidelines.
- Cinemark will use new tactics to increase fresh air supply and improve air quality.
- Cash payments are not accepted at the concession stand.
Please visit www.cinemark.com for more information.
Shasta County has 51st confirmed case
Monday, June 15, 5:22 p.m.
A woman in her twenties has coronavirus and has increased Shasta County's confirmed case count to 51.
The county confirmed late Monday that the woman is isolated at home and has symptoms of the virus, while some people recently infected in the county have been asymptomatic.
There are currently 45 people in quarantine in the county.
Family celebration leads to COVID-19 cases
Monday, June 15, 7 a.m.
Nearly 20 new people will be quarantined after a man who recently attended a large family reunion tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, Shasta County health officials said.
The last person to test positive for the virus on site is a man in his twenties.
Nearly 20 other people were quarantined because people at the party were exposed to him, according to Kerri Schuette, a spokeswoman for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.
Some of the people who attended the party have symptoms of the disease and are being tested, she said.
The positive test result on Sunday was the second that weekend, as another case was reported on Saturday.
The two new results bring the total number of positive tests in Shasta County to 50, according to the county.
The patient who tested positive on Saturday is a man in his thirties who had symptoms, health officials said. The man was isolated at home.
One person is currently hospitalized in the county, four in isolation and 41 in quarantine, officials said. Four residents of the district have died of the disease since March.
Meanwhile, a new alert system is keeping Shasta County's residents informed of the current status of COVID-19.
A dashboard with warning levels from 1 to 4 and a list of other virus statistics can be found on the Health and Human Services Agency website at shastaready.org under the Data and Statistics tab. One is the least risk, four is the greatest.
Saturday was a level 2 alert, meaning residents were at moderate risk and most of the cases came from a known source. Level 2 advises residents to limit their personal exposure.
According to health officials, the system tracks seven indicators in three categories to help determine a general alert level. In addition to monitoring the county's coronavirus status, the dashboard shows how the healthcare system is being affected and how effective the residents' efforts are in controlling the virus.
Further reopenings are taking place
Health officials say they modified an alert system created by the global health group Vital Strategies to reflect the county's relatively low numbers.
In the meantime, the agency announced on Friday that more types of businesses could be reopened in compliance with health guidelines. These services and companies are:
- Nail salons
- Tattoo studios
- Services for beautician, skin care and cosmetology
- Body art professionals
- Piercing shops
- Massage Therapy (outside of healthcare)
Governor Gavin Newsom recommended a nationwide reopening date on June 19 to allow business prep, but Shasta County has given these companies and agencies permission to open earlier due to a variance.
These county companies can get a head start if they have a security plan based on state guidelines and their employees are trained to limit the spread of the virus.
Changes in Shasta County will also limit the number of people who can be outdoors for places of worship and "other First Amendment constitutional activities," according to health officials.
"At the very least, outdoor presence should be naturally limited by a physical distance of at least 6 feet between participants from different households," the county says.
Siskiyou County sees new cases after further openings
On Thursday morning, public health officials in Siskiyou County confirmed another case of the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 21 since the outbreak began.
It is the county's second new case this week. Another case was announced on Monday.
Last week, Siskiyou County public health officials announced that more stores could open with some restrictions. These include movie theaters, restaurants, wineries and bars, museums, fitness centers, hotels and short term rentals for tourism and individual travel, map rooms and race tracks, campsites and outdoor recreation areas.
For more information on new openings by district, visit covid.ca.gov.
Other counties in Northern California
Saturday, June 20, 6 p.m.
In the far north of California, the COVID-19 case numbers are here, according to reports from the health department of the individual districts.
- Butte County, 94
- Shasta County, 76
- Glenn County, 42
- Tehama County, 34
- Siskiyou County, Jan.
- Lassen County, Dec.
- Colusa County, Jan.
- Plumas County, Jan.
- Trinity County, Jan.
- Modoc County, no cases
- Humboldt, 110
- Del Norte, 48
- Mendocino, 54
The story continues under the map.
What COVID-19 looks like in California
11:53 a.m. Saturday, June 20
Here's what the California numbers look like as of Friday, based on statistics released by state health officials on Saturday morning:
- Confirmed Cases: 169,309
- Deaths: 5,424
- Current hospital stays from confirmed cases: 3,494
- Hospital stays from suspected cases: 1,088
Here's how the coronavirus cases in California are broken down by age:
- Age 0-17: 12,441
- Age 18-49: 92,703
- Age 50-64: 37,213
- Age 65+: 26,741
- Unknown / Missed: 672
And for infected health workers:
- Infected health workers: 13,150
- Deceased health workers: 82
U.S. and global case numbers
6 p.m. Saturday June 20th
Here is the case number across the country and worldwide:
- US coronavirus cases: 2.25 million
- US deaths: 119.645
- Global coronavirus cases: 8.75 million
- Global deaths: 463.281
Source: Johns Hopkins University
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