Coronavirus updates: Active cases on the upswing in Shasta County

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While the number of COVID-19 cases dropped in December, Shasta County Public Health is bracing for a possible spike in outbreak in January in case people spread the disease during holiday gatherings.

The agency is asking people to get vaccinated, follow up with boosters and practice prevention strategies to avoid further spread — preventions made all the more urgent after sample tests sent to state labs confirmed the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus is in the county.

Scroll down for updates this week, Jan. 3-9, 2022. For updated case numbers and data as it becomes available scroll below updates.

Friday: Active cases on the upswing

The number of COVID-19 reports grew in Shasta County with Public Health reporting 465 active cases compared to 300 listed Thursday.

Here are Thursday’s statistics as reported on Friday.

  • New cases: 105

  • Total cases: 23,592 — 10,766 men, 12,696 women, TBD gender unidentified

  • New deaths reported: 0

  • Total deaths: 498

  • Hospitalized: 45 — 12 in intensive care units

  • Active cases: 465

Here is a breakdown by age group of the cases reported Friday:

  • Children 0-12: 9

  • Children 13-19: 11

  • Adults 20-29: 20

  • Adults 30-39: 15

  • Adults 40-49: 20

  • Adults 50-59: 14

  • Adults 60-69: 9

  • Adults 70-79: 6

  • Adults 80-89: 0

  • Adults 90+: 0

  • Unknown: 1

Thursday: COVID hospitalizations on the rise

Shasta County health officials are urging residents to take extra precautions to protect young children from COVID-19.

"Some very young children have gotten very sick with COVID-19 in recent weeks, including some who have been hospitalized," Shasta County Public Health officials said in their daily COVID-19 update.

As of Thursday, the county reported 48 people hospitalized with the disease, 14 of them were in intensive care. The number of people hospitalized since the middle of December has risen dramatically.

On December 12, there were 25 people hospitalized with the disease

While children under age 5 still are not eligible for the COVID vaccine, health officials urged parents and others to take other precautions to protect young children from contracting the virus, which has killed 498 people since March 2020.

Those precautions include getting vaccinated, wearing masks in public, keeping your distance from others, staying home when sick, practicing good hygiene and getting tested if you have symptoms, health officials said.

Children also should be tested for COVID before school resumes after the holiday break, officials said.

No new COVID-related deaths were reported by the county on Thursday. There were 45 new cases and 300 current cases.

There has been 23,487 cases reported in Shasta County since the pandemic began in 2020, the county said on its website.

Here is a breakdown by age group of the cases reported Thursday:

  • Children 0-12: 1

  • Children 13-19: 1

  • Adults 20-29: 10

  • Adults 30-39: 12

  • Adults 40-49: 6

  • Adults 50-59: 6

  • Adults 60-69: 4

  • Adults 70-79: 2

  • Adults 80-89: 2

  • Adults 90+: 0

  • Unknown: 1

Wednesday: Toll nears 500 with 4 recent deaths

Four more Shasta County residents have died of COVID-19, Public Health officials announced Wednesday.

The county’s virus death toll from cases received Tuesday sits at 498.

The latest victims were:

  • A man and woman in their 50s

  • A man in his 70s

  • A woman in her 80s

“Please note, today (Wednesday) is when these deaths were confirmed and may be days or weeks after the people died,” Public Health said in its daily report.

As of Wednesday in Shasta County, 50.8% are fully vaccinated while 57.7% have at least one dose.

The numbers represent “the percentage of eligible people who are vaccinated … the number of eligible people has increased to include ages 5-11. As a result, the percentage of vaccinated people has gone down from previously reported weeks,” Public Health said.

Here are Tuesday’s statistics as reported by Shasta County Public Health branch on Wednesday.

  • New cases: 74

  • Total cases: 23,442 — 10,702 men, 12,612 women, TBD gender unidentified

  • New deaths reported: 4

  • Total deaths: 498

  • Hospitalized: 52 — 14 in intensive care units

  • Active cases: 341

New cases by age group:

  • Ages 0-12: 2

  • Ages 13-19: 6

  • Ages 20-29: 15

  • Ages 30-39: 10

  • Ages 40-49: 10

  • Ages 50-59: 11

  • Ages 60-69: 12

  • Ages 70-79: 5

  • Ages 80-89: 3

  • Age 90 and older: 0

Tuesday: 3 women die of COVID-19 in Shasta County

Three Shasta County women died of COVID-19, Public Health announced Tuesday.

Theirs are the first COVID-19 deaths reported by the agency in 2022.

They were:

  • A woman in her 60s.

  • A woman in her 70s.

  • A woman in her 80s.

The three deaths pushed the total number of people from Shasta County who died of the virus to 494.

While more people are getting the virus, new data undercounts the actual number of cases, Public Health said. That's because some cases, including those confirmed with at-home test kits, aren't included in the state's database.

"We're facing a wave of omicron (variant) that's even more contagious than previous variants," the agency said. "Our healthcare workers need us to continue to do our best to — avoid getting infected. Every person that we prevent from going to the hospital right now keeps our healthcare system afloat."

With cases on the rise, Public Health urged people not to give into pandemic fatigue, and to practice preventive measures:

  • Get vaccinated.

  • Wear a mask.

  • Keep a safe social distance.

  • Wash your hands frequently.

  • Get tested and stay home when we are sick, even with mild symptoms.

6 p.m. Monday: Shasta County's test positivity rate doubles after Christmas

COVID-19 cases climbed during the week after Christmas.

Shasta County's seven-day test positivity rate — the percentage of COVID tests that come back positive from Dec. 27 to Sunday — climbed to 5.0%, Shasta County Public Health announced on Monday.

That's twice as high as the previous week's seven-day test positivity rate — 2.5% — posted by the state.

Public Health also released the following information:

  • From Dec. 27 to Sunday, there were 173.8 cases per 100,000 people in the county — higher than the 101 cases the CDC says represents widespread outbreak.

  • During the same period, an average of 40 people were hospitalized with the virus per day.

With cases on the rise, the county announced it will continue to issue new COVID-19 information every weekday, except holidays.

In December, the county said it planned to reduce the number of reports it issued in 2022 to two per week.

11 a.m. Monday: How to get digital copies of vaccine records

Californians who want an up-to-date record of their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shot can request one online from the California Department of Public Health branch.

People can choose if they want their records to come by email or phone text. Recipients can then forward digital records to their employer, school, doctor or other recipient.

Records are only available to the person to who received the shots or their legal representative.

To request a digital COVID-19 vaccine record, go to https://bit.ly/3mTlgbV.

For more information, go to https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/faq.

More: Omicron variant of COVID-19 arrives in Shasta County

Travelers wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported more than 3,500 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as the number of daily new cases tripled over the week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Travelers wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported more than 3,500 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as the number of daily new cases tripled over the week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

COVID-19 numbers in Shasta County

Here are the latest case, hospitalization and other numbers reported by Shasta County Public Health branch on Tuesday.

  • New cases: 60

  • Total cases: 23,311 — 10,641 men, 12,540 women, 130 gender unidentified

  • New deaths reported: 3

  • Total deaths: 494

  • Hospitalized: 46 — 13 in intensive care units

  • Active cases: 300

New cases by age group:

  • Ages 0-12: 2

  • Ages 13-19: 17

  • Ages 20-29: 10

  • Ages 30-39: 8

  • Ages 40-49: 6

  • Ages 50-59: 7

  • Ages 60-69: 1

  • Ages 70-79: 5

  • Ages 80-89: 1

  • Age 90 and older: 0

  • Age not reported: 3

More: COVID-19 updates: Shasta County's vaccination rate stagnates

Number of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people

Here is the percentage of county residents who are vaccinated and those unvaccinated as of last week:

  • 50.5% of Shasta County residents were fully vaccinated, meaning they received either the two-dose series of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson brand vaccine. That's up from 50.4% last week.

  • Another 6.9% had their first dose of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer series. This is the same percentage as last week's.

  • 42.6% of residents are unvaccinated. That's down from 42.7% last week.

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

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