Dying toll reaches 29 in county, fifth dying reported this week

Death toll reaches 29 in county, fifth death reported this week


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Shasta County reports 29th death from COVID-19

A man in his 80s is the latest Shasta County resident to be reported dead due to the coronavirus. He is the 29th county resident to die since the start of the outbreak and the fifth reported since dead since Tuesday, according to the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. 

The other deaths from the virus this week have included two women in their 60s, one in her 80s and a man in his 70s, according to HHSA. 

Another 30 cases were reported Friday as well, found in 12 men and 18 women. Here’s how they break down by age:

  • 2 children under age 13
  • 1 teenager
  • 4 people in their 20s
  • 11 people in their 30s
  • 3 people in their 40s
  • 3 people in their 50s
  • 4 people in their 60s
  • 1 person in their 70s
  • 1 person over age 89

A total of 1,666 county residents have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. Of those cases, 138 are active with seven people hospitalized. HHSA officials report that 1,499 people who caught the virus have been released from isolation thus far.

Of the deaths reported in Shasta County, 14 have been people who were in their 80s or older, while 15 have been people in their 70s or younger, according to county data. 

Meanwhile, the state has updated school guidance to allow outdoor singing and band practice, as long as distancing and mask wearing are implemented “to the maximum extent possible,” according to HHSA. Playing wind instruments remains strongly discouraged. 

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COVID-19 cases in the North State

2:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

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, 2,961
  • Shasta County, 1,640
  • Tehama County, 731
  • Glenn County, 638
  • Colusa County, 545
  • Siskiyou County, 183
  • Lassen County, 115 in the general population and 636 in its state prisons
  • Plumas County, 53
  • Modoc County, 27
  • Trinity County, 20

Coastal counties in Northern California:

  • Mendocino, 1,077
  • Humboldt, 544
  • Del Norte, 172

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COVID-19 in California

2:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

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

  • Confirmed cases in California: 861,476
  • Deaths: 16,830
  • Current hospitalizations from confirmed cases: 2,245
  • Current hospitalizations from suspected cases: 790
  • Cases, age 0-17: 90,645
  • Cases, age 18-49: 515,699
  • Cases, age 50-64: 162,554
  • Cases, age 65+: 91,697
  • Age unknown/missing: 891
  • Health workers infected: 41,984
  • Health workers who have died: 194

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Coronavirus testing began at Shasta College on Thursday, April 30, 2020. One of the site’s workers, Mckenna Adams, provided a test demonstration for reporters. (Photo: Matthew Brannon/Record Searchlight)

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