Native leaders performed key function in returning Shasta County to purple tier

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Local leaders played key role in returning Shasta County to red tier

REDDING, Calif. – Businesses in Shasta County can operate under red tier restrictions. Places like restaurants, museums, movie theaters, and places of worship, just to name a few, can operate at 25% capacity.

But even though the county is back in the red, county leaders caution it might not be for long.

“I think the most important thing is that we have to remind everyone is it that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods,” said Leonard Moty, Shasta County Supervisor for District 2.

County leaders made their case to the state after its numbers from the Windsor Redding Care Center and Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry dropped.

“Although the spike had occurred three and half weeks ago, our numbers were already coming back down because of the effort we made through our help department,” said Moty.

“By showing [the state] that we’re already reducing our numbers and we’re heading in the right direction, we asked for a reconsideration.”

Just one day before the Board of Supervisor’s special meeting, county CEO Matt Pontes, Supervisors Joe Chimenti, and Moty, Shasta Health & Human Services Agency Director Donnell Ewert, Health Officer Karen Ramstrom, and Public Health Branch Director Robin Schurig made their case to state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.

“We wanted to show [Ghaly] what was different and unique in Shasta County,” said Moty.

But some feel the change might have been too quick.

“I’m thinking that if it was in the purple, that there was a reason for it, and we should’ve waited out the two weeks,” said Nancy Cory of Shasta County.

Shasta County Public Health says, in order for the county to stay in the red tier people should continue to practice social distancing and wearing masks.

Dr. Ghaly Notified county leaders that Shasta would be in the red tier on Friday evening.

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