Outbreak in Shasta County drops to moderate level, according to CDC


Travelers wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Dec. 20.

Travelers wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Dec. 20.

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-19 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-19 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-19 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.

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

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.

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-19 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-19 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-19 deaths in September 2021 were the highest of any month since the pandemic began.

COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

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

  • New cases: 28

  • Total cases: 22,878 — 10,457 men, 12,292 women, 129 gender unidentified

  • New deaths reported: 0

  • Total deaths: 481

  • Hospitalized: 36 — 8 in intensive care units

  • Active cases: 141, up from 114 on Monday

New cases by age group:

  • Ages 0-12: 5

  • Ages 13-19: 0

  • Ages 20-29: 2

  • Ages 30-39: 2

  • Ages 40-49: 2

  • Ages 50-59: 6

  • Ages 60-69: 3

  • Ages 70-79: 5

  • Ages 80-89: 2

  • Age 90 and older: 1

  • Age not reported: 0

Jessica Skropanic is a features reporter for the Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. She covers science, arts, social issues and entertainment stories. Follow her on Twitter @RS_JSkropanic and on Facebook. Join Jessica in the Get Out! Nor Cal recreation Facebook group. To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today. Thank you.

This article originally appeared on Redding Record Searchlight: Shasta County COVID-19 updates: Cases drop to moderate level





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