Another six coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Shasta County for a total of 163. The new cases are a man and woman in their 20’s, two women in their 30’s, a man in his 40’s and a man in his 60’s. Half of them have symptoms and one is in the hospital. A fifth fatality for the county was reported on Monday. 94 of the total cases are people under the age of 50, who can carry the virus to anyone who shares their airspace. There are 32 sick patients isolated, 4 of them hospitalized and 3 in the I.C.U. 150 people are quarantined due to possible exposure.
Butte county has reported 7 new cases on Tuesday a total of 275. Tehama County is up to 88. Glenn County’s sudden surge to 122 has placed it on the list of counties the governor has ordered back on restricted openings. Lassen County has reported 16 cases in the community, in addition to 226 in the prison population. Siskiyou County has had 32. There have been 144 in Humboldt County. Trinity County is still reporting 2 cases, and there are still none confirmed in Modoc County. Although the death rate remains low, COVID-19 is very dangerous to the elderly and other medically vulnerable people. The use of social distancing and face coverings is how we protect each other and slow the surge.
14,486 tests have been reported negative in Shasta County. Those numbers don’t include people who have been tested for antibodies, as Vitalant has been doing with all blood donors. Anyone can get tested for free, whether showing symptoms or not, at a covid testing station at Shasta College or Red Bluff Community Center or Corning High School. If insurance doesn’t cover the cost, the state will. Appointments must be made at lhi.care/covidtesting. Mobile testing is available in Burney and Fall River, with appointments at 225-5591.