COVID-19 circumstances and coronavirus pandemic data updates October 26-31

Shasta County won't stay in COVID purple tier after all



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4:30 p.m. Monday

Shasta County public health officials reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 11 on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 1,881 since the pandemic started.

The new patients — 20 men and 27 women — break down by age as follows:  

  • Three people in their teens
  • 12 people in their 20s
  • 11 people in their 30s
  • Seven people in their 40s
  • Five people in their 50s
  • Six people in their 60s
  • Three people in their 70s

There are 172 known active cases of COVID-19 in the county, according to public health. Fourteen people are in the hospital, four of whom are in the ICU. A total of 158 people are in isolation and 252 are in quarantine. 

Thirty people in Shasta County have died as a result of the virus. The latest death was reported last Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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The Rev. Janet Chapman, right, leaves the Shasta County Board of Supervisors’ chambers on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 with her sign that favors a scientific approach to fending off COVID-19, as others wait in line to enter the chambers and speak. (Photo: Mike Chapman/Record Searchlight)

County in red after purple plummet

10 a.m. Monday

Health officials at the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) said last Saturday they “convinced” state public health officials to keep the county in the red (substantial) tier after the state dropped the county to the purple (widespread) tier last Tuesday.

That allows restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, fitness centers and museums to remain open indoors, with modifications.

“This is a huge relief for our local businesses, and we are grateful that Ghaly agreed with our justification to stay in the red tier,” said HHSA branch director Robin Schurig. “We know that most of our cases have not been tied to the businesses that were most heavily impacted by a move to the purple.”

More: Shasta County won’t stay in restrictive purple tier as state health officials reverse course

Over the Oct. 17 weekend, county health officials prepared an adjudication report for the state claiming the uptick in case numbers was due to two specific outbreaks. They explained case numbers declined afterward.

That first request was denied.

Last Wednesday HHSA officials, CEO Matt Pontes and Supervisors Leonard Moty and Joe Chimenti plead the county’s case to California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly. Friday evening, Ghaly called Pontes to report the state placed Shasta County back into the red tier after recalculating the average daily case rate using the most recent data.

COVID-19 case numbers in Shasta County from March to Oct. 20: Case numbers spiked in October. (Photo: Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency)

COVID-19 cases in the North State

Monday, Oct. 26

Here’s where COVID-19 case totals stood in far Northern California, according to the most recent reports from each county’s public health department.

  • Butte County, 3,073
  • Shasta County, 1,881
  • Tehama County, 861
  • Glenn County, 657
  • Colusa County, 551
  • Siskiyou County, 193
  • Lassen County, 115 in the general population and 636 in its state prisons
  • Plumas County, 68
  • Modoc County, 29
  • Trinity County, 25

Coastal counties in Northern California:

  • Mendocino, 1,129
  • Humboldt, 562
  • Del Norte, 178

COVID-19 case numbers in Shasta County from March to Oct. 20: Case numbers spiked in October. (Photo: Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency)

COVID-19 in California

Monday, Oct. 26

Here’s the most recent statewide COVID-19 count, tabulated by state health officials since March 19, 2020:

  • Confirmed cases in California: 901,010
  • Deaths: 17,357
  • Current hospitalizations from confirmed cases: 2,281
  • Current hospitalizations from suspected cases: 710
  • Cases, age 0-17: 95,990
  • Cases, age 18-49: 538,674
  • Cases, age 50-64: 169,913
  • Cases, age 65+: 95,584
  • Age unknown/missing: 849
  • Health workers infected: 43,663
  • Health workers who have died: 200


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COVID-19 in the U.S., worldwide

Monday, Oct. 26

Here are the most recent numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, tabulated by Johns-Hopkins health officials since March, 2020:

  • Cases in the United States: 8.65 million
  • Deaths as a result of COVID-19 in the United States: 225,330
  • Cases worldwide: 43.2 million
  • Deaths as a result of COVID-19 worldwide: 1.1 million

Jessica Skropanic is a features reporter for the Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. She covers science, arts, social issues and entertainment stories. Follow her on Twitter @RS_JSkropanic and on Facebook. Join Jessica in the Get Out! Nor Cal recreation Facebook group. To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today. Thank you.

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