Shasta County reported a 10th death on Friday. The patient was a man in his 70’s. 7 new cases were reported for a total of 418. The new patients range in age from their 20’s to their 50’s, with 3 of them showing symptoms. There are 45 active cases. 6 people are hospitalized, 1 of them in intensive care. 305 people are quarantined due to possible exposure. Shasta County’s testing capacity has increased in recent weeks. The state testing site can now test up to 154 people per weekday, up from a maximum of 132 per day, adding 110 tests per week. Shasta Community Health Center’s mobile testing has increased from 60 to 80 available tests per week through the mobile testing site.
Butte County continues to surge with another 35 cases reported Friday for a total of 1095, with 8 deaths. Tehama County has had a total of 271 with one death. There have been 5 in Trinity County. Glenn County has had 352 cases and reported a 3rd death on Wednesday. Lassen County has had 65 cases in the community, in addition to 567 in the prison population. There have been 90 in Siskiyou County and 255 in Humboldt County with 4 deaths. Modoc County has had 4 cases.
23,096 tests have shown negative results 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. The best option for testing can be determined by going to shastaready.org and clicking on “get tested”.
In demonstrating the importance of contact tracing, public health says that since the beginning of the pandemic, 84 people who were quarantined because of close contact with confirmed patients later tested positive. If they hadn’t been tracked down and quarantined they would have gone about spreading the virus to others.