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Vaccine Hesitancy Reflected In Low Vaccination Rate In Shasta County

12,071 Shasta County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including another 29 from Thursday, which also saw 856 negative tests. There have been 226 fatalities. An estimated 196 people have the virus right now, 10 people are hospitalized and 2 are in intensive care. The county remains stuck in the red tier with a daily case rate of 7.5 per 100,000 residents.

California law still requires employers to ensure that workers wear masks while indoors.

U.S. states asked the federal government this week to withhold staggering amounts of COVID-19 vaccine amid plummeting demand for the shots, contributing to a growing U.S. stockpile of doses. The turned-down vaccines amount to hundreds of thousands of doses this week alone, providing a stark illustration of the problem of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. More than 150 million Americans – about 57% of the adult population – have received at least one dose of vaccine, but government leaders are doing everything they can to persuade the rest of the country to get inoculated.

Public health says serious side affects from any of the vaccines are extremely rare. The vaccines are about 90% effective and no vaccinated person in Shasta County has died from COVID-19. Shasta County has a very low vaccination rate at 37%, compared to 61% statewide. Vaccine is free of charge and any Shasta County resident 16 and older is eligible. Information on getting tested or vaccinated is at shastaready.org or by calling 245-7890.

Tehama County has reported 5,563 cases and 58 deaths.
There have been 399 cases and 5 deaths in Trinity County.
2,181 have been reported in Siskiyou County with 23 deaths.
Butte County has reported 182 deaths among their 11,735 cases.
Lassen County has had 22 deaths among their 2,105 cases in the community and 2 deaths among the 3,593 cases in prison.
Humboldt County has had 3,935 cases and 39 deaths.
Modoc County has had 495 cases and 4 deaths.