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Shasta County public health officials announced a surge of new COVID-19 cases from Friday and Saturday.
There were 220 new cases Friday, the highest daily number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Friday’s total beat Thursday’s previous daily record of 164 infections. Before that, the previous high was 141 infections, set on Nov. 6.
The number of confirmed cases on Saturday was 98, totaling 318 cases for the two days reported on Monday. Since Nov. 1, the county's case count is up to 1,176.
There are 27 people hospitalized with the virus in Shasta County with eight of those in intensive care, county officials said.
Shasta County's high numbers come as Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he was pulling the “emergency brake” on reopening the state's economy as coronavirus cases statewide surge at the fastest rate since the start of the outbreak.
Shasta County Health and Human Services officials on Monday were unable to provide the number of people in isolation and under quarantine due to high case counts. They also were unable to give the number of active virus cases and the number of current patients released from isolation.
“Due to high case counts and delays in lab reporting, public health is unable to provide timely education to all COVID-19 cases in our community, and therefore, we do not have an accurate count of people who are on isolation or quarantine,” Monday’s statement said.
The county’s total confirmed cases broke the 3,000 mark as of Monday with 3,298 cases. The total number of deaths remained at 36.
Here’s the breakdown from Friday’s and Saturday’s cases, which includes 134 men and 184 women:
- 19 children under age 13
- 24 teenagers
- 67 people in their 20s
- 55 people in their 30s
- 48 people in their 40s
- 33 people in their 50s
- 39 people in their 60s
- 28 people in their 70s
- 4 people in their 80s
- 1 person over age 89
County officials also gave an update on Shasta's case rate.
"Shasta County continues to fall deeper into the purple (“widespread”) tier, as shown by numbers released a day early this week. Our adjusted case rate increased from 20.2 to 34.0 daily cases per 100,000 residents, exceeding the purple tier limit of 7.0. Our positivity rate also increased from 6.1% to 8.4%, which is also now in the purple tier," according to Monday's news release.
For more, go to www.ShastaReady.org and click on data and statistics.
More North State counties drop into purple tier
Meanwhile, three other North State counties have regressed into the most-restrictive purple tier.
Siskiyou, Trinity and Butte counties were in the orange tier Nov. 10 but jumped over the red tier and have joined Shasta and Tehama counties in the purple level.
In all, the recent spread of COVID-19 has put 41 of the state’s 58 counties in the purple tier.
Trinity County officials announced Monday that its purple-tier restrictions, like in other affected counties, go into effect by the close of business Tuesday.
“Our test positivity rate is 10.3% of the 427 tests completed over the past two weeks and is a reliable indication of expanding community spread,” Trinity officials said Monday.
In other news, Costco has said as of Monday, all customers and employees must wear either a face mask or face shield.
The warehouse has had a face-mask policy since May 4 but allowed exemptions for people with medical conditions.
“This is no longer the case. If a member has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield at Costco,” President and CEO Craig Jelinek of Costco Wholesale said in a notice to members last week.
Children under the age of 2 get an exemption.
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COVID-19 cases in the North State
6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16
Here's where COVID-19 case totals stood in far Northern California, according to the most recent reports from each county's public health department.
- Butte County, 3,4,62
- Shasta County, 3,298
- Tehama County, 1,154
- Glenn County, 782
- Colusa County, 603
- Siskiyou County, 403
- Lassen County, 218 in the general population and 917 in its state prisons
- Plumas County, 143 as of last Friday
- Modoc County, 98
- Trinity County, 83
Coastal counties in Northern California:
- Mendocino, 1,311
- Humboldt, 687
- Del Norte, 220
COVID-19 in California
6:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16
Here is the most recent statewide COVID-19 count, tabulated by state health officials since March 19, 2020:
- Confirmed cases in California: 1,029,235
- Deaths: 18,263
- Current hospitalizations from confirmed cases: 4,559
- Current hospitalizations from suspected cases: 707
- Cases, age 0-17: 112,297
- Cases, age 18-49: 614,649
- Cases, age 50-64: 193,375
- Cases, age 65+: 107,973
- Age unknown/missing: 941
- Health workers infected: 47,667
- Health workers who have died: 211
COVID-19 in the U.S., worldwide
6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16
Here are the most recent numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, tabulated by Johns Hopkins health officials since March 2020:
- Cases in the United States: 11.2 million
- Deaths as a result of COVID-19 in the United States: 247,116
- Cases worldwide: 54.8 million
- Deaths as a result of COVID-19 worldwide: 1.3 million