COVID-19 updates: 57% of Shasta County had 1, more shots; lags behind state in vaccinations

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North State Public Health branches warn people to avoid gatherings — and to take precautions if they do gather — as the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads throughout the state.

Public Health also is urging people to get vaccinated, and to get their booster shots if enough time passed after their last shot.

Scroll down for updates this week, Dec. 20-26, 2021. For updated case numbers and data, scroll below daily updates.

Wednesday: 57% of Shasta County had 1, more shots; lags behind state

More than half of Shasta County residents are partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but their numbers lag well behind those of the state overall.

Shasta County Public Health released its latest vaccination numbers on Wednesday:

  • 50.4% of Shasta County residents are fully vaccinated — meaning they received either the two-dose series of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson brand vaccine.

  • Another 6.9% had their first dose of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer series.

  • 42.7% of residents are unvaccinated, down from 43.1% on Dec. 15.

People counted are 5 years old and older for whom at least one brand of the COVID-19 vaccine is approved.

The county's percentage of vaccinated people is 20% below California's overall vaccination rate, according to California Department of Public Health data.

  • 70.4% of Californians are fully vaccinated.

  • Another 8.1% had their first dose of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer series.

  • 21.5% of Californians are unvaccinated.

Since March 2020, the state tracked 4,954,130 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the CDPH — 22,924 in Shasta County. The virus caused the deaths of 75,281 Californians, 481 of whom were Shasta County residents.

Also on Wednesday, the CDPH released data regarding effectiveness of state-approved COVID vaccines:

  • From Dec. 2-8: Unvaccinated people were 7.6 times more likely to get COVID-19 if exposed.

  • From Nov. 25 to Dec. 1: If infected with COVID-19, unvaccinated people were 11.7 times more likely to be hospitalized.

  • Nov. 18-24: If infected, unvaccinated people were 14.8 times more likely to die from COVID-19.

Shasta County Public Health branch announced it will close for the Christmas holiday, and won't update COVID information until Monday.

It also plans to reduce the number of updates to twice per week, starting in January. That's because case numbers dropped in December after an autumn surge in outbreak.

4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Outbreak in Shasta County drops to moderate level, according to CDC

Last week, COVID-19 case numbers in Shasta County dropped to levels considered moderate by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's after an autumn of high outbreak that packed hospital wards and resulted in the most COVID deaths per month tracked since the pandemic began.

From to Dec. 13-19, outbreak in the county was lower than between Dec. 6-12, according to county health data.

  • The number of cases per 100,000 county residents was 88.8 last week — within the range of moderate outbreak, according to the CDC.

  • The previous week, the case rate was 134.4. That number — and any number higher than 100 — is considered indicative of high COVID outbreak by the CDC.

There was more good news:

  • The number of new cases from Dec. 13-19 was 160 — down from 248 from Dec. 6-12.

  • The percentage of COVID tests that came back positive was 1.7% — down from 2.3% the previous week.

  • The average number of people hospitalized each day for COVID-19 was 29.85 — down slightly from 30.1 the previous week.

COVID-19 cases tracked by Shasta County Public Health during a surge in outbreak over late summer and fall 2021.
COVID-19 cases tracked by Shasta County Public Health during a surge in outbreak over late summer and fall 2021.

Last week's case numbers are part of a slow drop in outbreak since a surge in the delta variant in September.

Shasta County Public Health reported the following COVID-19 case numbers in its 2021 daily updates:

  • September: 4,295 cases

  • October: 2,231 cases

  • November: 1,540 cases

  • Dec. 1-21: 545 cases

September's outbreak killed 86 Shasta County residents — the highest number of COVID deaths in a month since the pandemic began.

The month with the second-highest number was October, with 76 deaths.

Number of COVID-19 deaths per month, confirmed by Shasta County Public Health: COVID deaths in September 2021 were the highest of any month since the pandemic began.
Number of COVID-19 deaths per month, confirmed by Shasta County Public Health: COVID deaths in September 2021 were the highest of any month since the pandemic began.

11 a.m. Tuesday: 5 more Shasta County deaths, holiday gathering guidelines

Five more people in Shasta County have died of COVID-19, Public Health announced Monday.

They were:

  • A man in his 50s

  • A woman in her 60s

  • Two men in their 70s

  • A man in his 80s.

The loss of the five pushed the total number of deaths in the county to 481 since March 2020.

The Shasta County Public Health branch confirmed 201 women and 280 men in the county have died of COVID-19. The agency investigates any death for which the coroner or doctor reports the cause as COVID-19.

Also on Monday, Public Health urged people to follow guidelines if they plan to gather during the holidays:

  • Get vaccinated. It’s one of the best ways to protect yourself and others.

  • Keep gatherings small.

  • Wear a mask.

  • When gathering inside, ventilate well. Open doors and windows, run HVAC systems and install high-quality air filters.

  • Activate the CA Notify app at canotify.ca.gov and ask your guests to do the same. The app anonymously notifies individuals of possible exposure.

  • Get tested.

  • Stay home if you feel sick.

COVID-19 numbers in Shasta County

Here are daily case, hospitalization and other numbers reported Wednesday by Shasta County Public Health. Total case numbers are adjusted on Wednesdays to account for any duplications in the count.

  • New cases: 17

  • Total cases: 22,924 — 10,473 men, 12,323 women, 128 gender unidentified

  • New deaths reported: 0

  • Total deaths: 481

  • Hospitalized: 35 — 8 in intensive care units

  • Active cases: 133, down from 141on Monday

  • Number of ICU beds available: 11

New cases by age group:

  • Ages 0-12: 1

  • Ages 13-19: 3

  • Ages 20-29: 5

  • Ages 30-39: 4

  • Ages 40-49: 1

  • Ages 50-59: 0

  • Ages 60-69: 1

  • Ages 70-79: 1

  • Ages 80-89: 1

  • Age 90 and older: 0

  • Age not reported: 0

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