After a good run with no Covid fatalities, two more Shasta County residents have been killed by the virus, to bring the total to 174. The latest to die were both men, one in his 60’s and one in his 80’s. Another 29 cases have been confirmed, as well as 987 negative tests. The total number of cases so far is 10,944. An estimated 147 people have the virus right now, 19 of them hospitalized and 4 in intensive care.
The state has eased some restrictions in Shasta County as a result of a downturn in Coronavirus numbers. The county has moved from the purple to the red tier, meaning restaurants can serve people indoors at 25% capacity, retail stores can allow 50% capacity and gyms can open with 10% capacity. Shasta County has been in the most restrictive category since October. Also, the county’s case rate is down to 10 daily cases per 100,000 residents. That means high or moderate contact sports can resume.
Tehama County has reported 5,068 cases and 52 deaths.
There have been 358 cases and 5 deaths in Trinity County.
1,728 have been reported in Siskiyou County with 14 deaths.
Butte County has reported 160 deaths among their 10,702 cases.
Lassen County has had 17 deaths among their 2,022 cases in the community and 2 deaths among the 3,572 cases in prison.
Humboldt County has had 3,151 cases and 33 deaths.
Modoc County has had 452 cases and 4 deaths.
Production and delivery of vaccines are increasing substantially this week, according to pharmaceutical companies and the federal government. A large study of the Pfizer vaccine confirms that it’s very effective even after one dose. The vaccine was 92% effective at preventing severe disease after two shots and 62% after one.
A second dose Moderna vaccine clinic is set for this Saturday at Shasta Lake Community Center for those who got the first shot on or before January 30th. Information is at shastaready.org.
Anyone who has not had a first dose of vaccine can go to shastaready.org and click on “Tell Me When It’s My Turn” to fill out a form and await contact.
Anyone feeling stressed can get emotional support and coping tips from 833-316-HOPE.