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Seven more COVID-19 cases reported in Shasta County
Friday, Sept. 18
Seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday in Shasta County.
That brings the total number of cases in the county to 668 this year, according to public health officials.
One of the new patients reported having no symptoms of the virus. One case is still under investigation. None of the seven patients are hospitalized. They are:
- A girl and a boy ages 12 or younger
- A teenage boy
- Two women in their 30s
- One woman in her 50s
- One woman in her 70s
Since Aug. 17, the county has reported 10 kids ages 12 or younger and 20 teenagers testing positive for the virus. Those cases accounted for about 20% of known transmissions in the past month.
As of Thursday, there were 35 active cases of COVID-19 in Shasta County. Two are in the hospital, one in the ICU. Thirty-three patients are in isolation, and 129 are in quarantine.
Fourteen of the 668 cases resulted in the death of the patient, including two on Wednesday.
Two more Shasta County residents die from COVID-19
Thursday, Sept. 17
Two Shasta County residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the county’s death toll to 14.
Shasta County public health officials on Thursday identified the individuals as a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s.
Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Kerri Schuette also confirmed nine new cases of the virus. Those test results were from Wednesday.
One of the nine new patients reported no symptoms of the virus and none are hospitalized. They are:
- A girl age 12 or younger
- Four women and one man in their 20s
- One man in his 30s
- Two men in their 40s
There are 31 active cases of the virus in the county. Twenty-nine patients are in isolation and 134 are in quarantine.
Deaths listed in Shasta County’s reports are caused by COVID, Schuette said.
“Death certificates also list other conditions that contributed to the person’s death. For example, a person may have died from COVID because an underlying condition — such as COPD — made it impossible for them to recover, but they would not have died from that condition at that time if they hadn’t developed COVID,” she said. “In other instances, COVID may have caused a condition — such as blood clots or lung damage — that led to the person’s death, which would not have happened if the person had not gotten COVID.”
All COVID-19 deaths reported by the county are based on information on the deceased person’s death certificate, completed by the attending doctor or coroner, Schuette said.
Shasta County’s total COVID-caseload, with the addition of new cases, stands at 661 since the outbreak began.
Shasta County sees 7 new COVID-19 cases
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Shasta County public health officials on Wednesday reported seven new cases of COVID-19.
One of the new patients reported no symptoms of the virus. One case is still under investigation. None are hospitalized. The new patients, whose test results were confirmed Tuesday, are:
- Two women and one man in their 20s
- Two women in their 30s
- One woman and one man in their 40s
Over the past two weeks, Shasta County’s case rate “remained steady at 1.4 cases per 100,000 residents, and our positivity rate increased from 1.2 to 1.7 percent,” according to Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Kerri Schuette.
Shasta County’s COVID-19 case average, tracked since early March. Shasta County remained at the orange “moderate” level of the state’s reopening plan after the state did a data update on Tuesday (Sept. 15, 2020). (Photo: Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency)
Shasta County’s total caseload stands at 652, and 12 residents have died since the outbreak began.
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A graphic showing the new tier system for reopening counties in California. (Photo: Courtesy of the California Department of Public Health)
Eight new COVID-19 cases reported in Shasta County
2:16 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15
Shasta County public health officials reported eight more people tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
That brings the total number of cases to 645 this year, according to an announcement Tuesday afternoon by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Kerri Schuette.
Shasta County’s public health dashboard breaks down the number of COVID-19 cases tracked this year – as of Sept. 15, 2020 – by age, gender, and frequency reported compared to other North State counties. (Photo: Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency)
One of the new patients reported no symptoms of the virus. Another patient was hospitalized.
All but one of the new patients are in their 30s or younger. Ages break down as follows:
- One boy age 12 or younger
- One teenage girl and one teenage boy
- One man in his 20s
- Three men in their 30s
- One man in his 80s
As of Monday, there were 21 active cases of COVID-19 in Shasta County. Three people were hospitalized; one in the ICU. Twenty-one people are in isolation, and another 99 are in quarantine. Twelve people died as a result of the virus.
Map of statewide alert levels, revised Tuesday (Sept. 15, 2020) based on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tiered system.Tehama County moved up from Tier 1 (purple) to the less restricted Tier 2 (red). (Photo: Skropanic, Jessica)
Tehama County moves to Tier 2 in state reopening plan
3:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15
Tehama County took a step toward reopening Tuesday when it progressed to the second tier of California’s four-tiered plan.
After reducing its daily COVID-19 case numbers, the county moved from the most restricted phase of the state’s plan, Tier 1 — the purple “widespread” phase, to Tier 2 — the red “substantial” phase, according to the state’s website that outlines California’s blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state.
Among the requirements to move to Tier 2, the county had to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases from an average of eight or more per day per 100,000 people, to an average of four to seven cases per day.
At Tier 2, more Tehama County businesses can open or expand indoor services, with some restrictions in place. Read more about restrictions and allowances for businesses at each tier at https://bit.ly/2ZJqziO.
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Tehama County announces two additional COVID-19 deaths
5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14
Two more Tehama County residents have died from the coronavirus, health officials announced Monday afternoon. They were two women, one in her 70s and one in her 80s, according to the Tehama County Health Services Agency.
The agency did not specify when they died other than “in the last several weeks.”
“Both individuals had several underlying medical conditions, which lead us to get confirmation with California Department of Public Health,” read a news release from the agency.
That brings the number of deaths due to the virus in the county to three. Tehama County’s first death was announced on April 14.
As of Monday, the county has had 473 confirmed cases and 9,814 negative test results.
Shasta County sees 25 new COVID-19 cases over weekend
2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14
Shasta County health officials confirmed 25 new COVID-19 cases from over the weekend in patients whose ages range from their teens to their 90s.
Seven county residents tested positive for the virus last Friday and 18 more last Saturday, Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Kerri Schuette reported on Monday. No cases were reported Sunday because testing facilities were closed.
That brings the total caseload so far this year to 637, with 12 deaths.
Of the 25 new patients, 11 reported no symptoms of the virus. None were hospitalized.
- Two teenage girls
- Three women and a man in their 20s
- One woman and one man in their 30s
- Two women and one man in their 40s
- One man in his 50s
- Four women and one man in their 60s
- Two women in their 70s
- Two women and three men in their 80s
- One woman age 90 or older
While the county has not seen a 25-case bump like the one on Saturday in awhile, “these cases don’t appear to be the result of a large gathering,” Schuette said in an email to the Record Searchlight.
As of Saturday, there were 23 active cases of the virus in Shasta County. Two patients were hospitalized, 21 were in isolation and 105 were in quarantine.
Twelve people have died as a result of the virus since the outbreak began.
For more information testing, to make an appointment to get tested, or on the county’s reopening plan, go to ShastaReady.org.
Sign advertising face masks posted off Churn Creek Road on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (Photo: Mike Chapman/Record Searchlight)
COVID-19 case counts by county
1:22 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
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, 2688
- Shasta County, 668
- Glenn County, 550
- Colusa County, 509
- Tehama County, 483
- Siskiyou County, 160
- Lassen County, 94 in the general population and 637 in its state prisons
- Plumas County, 49
- Modoc County, 23
- Trinity County, 15
- Mendocino, 822
- Humboldt, 482
- Del Norte, 135
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COVID-19 in California
1:17 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
Here’s the most recent statewide COVID-19 count, tabulated by state health officials since March 19, 2020:
- Confirmed cases in California: 769,831
- Deaths: 14,812
- Hospitalizations from confirmed cases: 2,676
- Hospitalizations from suspected cases: 894
- Cases, age 0-17: 78,946
- Cases, age 18-49: 462,003
- Cases, age 50-64: 145,439
- Cases, age 65+: 82,521
- Age unknown/missing: 922
- Health workers infected: 36,460
- Health workers who have died: 171
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Johns Hopkins case map: Red dots document the worst areas of outbreak in the United States based on confirmed case numbers as of Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Photo: Johns Hopkins)
COVID-19 in the U.S and the world
1:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18
Here’s the caseload nationwide and worldwide, as reported by Johns Hopkins University:
- U.S. cases: 6.7 million
- U.S. deaths: 198,197
- Global cases: 30.3 million
- Global deaths: 948,147
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