The latest COVID-19 information for Shasta County is from Thursday, when another 4 deaths were reported, as well as another 82 new Covid cases. 601 people are known to be carrying the virus in Shasta County, 95 of them in the hospital and 21 in the ICU. The surge in hospitalizations has brought 14 National Guard Medics to assist at Mercy Hospital in Redding. The new variants have proven to be more deadly than the original and vaccination is highly recommended by virtually all reputable medical experts. Nearly all patients who die or get very ill have not been vaccinated. A third dose is recommended for immunocompromised people. Information on testing and vaccinations can be found at shastaready.org.