Of the seven cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the county since the outbreak began, six have recovered, Siskiyou County public health officials said.
Siskiyou County public health officials announced Thursday evening another confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total number to seven cases since the outbreak began.
Six of those cases have recovered. No other information about the new case was released.
The total number of people tested in the county as of Thursday is 1,602. Of those, 1,573 came back negative. Results are pending for the other 22.
Reopening goes forward
Siskiyou County officials have allowed the reopening of nail salons as they announced guidelines for places of worship Wednesday.
The guidelines follow the state's new rules for churches in certain counties, limiting attendance to 25% of a building's occupancy, or no more than 100 attendees.
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Meanwhile, more testing for essential workers in Siskiyou County became available at Fairchild Medical Center starting Tuesday. Call (530) 841-6287 to schedule an appointment.
New cases cause Lassen to reimpose restrictions
Lassen County, which saw its number of COVID-19 cases jump from zero to five beginning last Friday, has returned to prior restrictions for dine-in restaurants and businesses.
The Associated Press reports that a Lassen County resident who had traveled outside the county and became ill with coronavirus symptoms tested positive last Friday, according to Barbara Longo, the county health and social services director.
Health department workers over the holiday weekend tracked down and tested all those who came in contact with the infected person, which led to the additional cases, AP reported.
The Lassen County health officer noted the "irresponsible behavior" of some residents who tested positive.
“The increase in number of positive COVID-19 cases from two to five in a relatively short time, coupled with the somewhat alarming reports of irresponsible behavior (failure to social distance, failure to employ good personal sanitation practices, etc.) of persons who in fact tested positive caused me to make the difficult decision to, at least, temporarily, return to Stage 2 (closed retail, no dine-in restaurants, etc.),” Lassen County Public Health Officer Dr. Kenneth Korver said in a Facebook post.
On Tuesday evening, the county notified businesses that had been allowed to reopen two weeks earlier they would have to return to offering takeout food or curbside pickup, AP reported, adding that as of Wednesday afternoon, the county had only five cases — all spread within the community from the person initially infected.
Lassen becomes the first California county to revoke its attestation to the state that it could safely reopen.
Other Northern California counties
In far Northern California, here's where COVID-19 case totals stand, as of 8:15 a.m. Friday:
Butte County, 40
Shasta County, 37
Glenn County, 14
Siskiyou County, 7
Colusa County, 5
Lassen County, 5
Plumas County, 4
Tehama County, 4
Trinity County, 1
Modoc County, no cases
Del Norte, 44
What COVID-19 looks like in California
Statewide, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 101,697 on Wednesday, the California Department of Health reported Thursday afternoon.
The total number of deaths statewide is 3,973.
The number of positive COVID-19 hospital patients stood at 3,091.
The majority of hospitalized patients – 1,477 of more than 4,000 – are in Los Angeles County, followed by 317 in San Diego County and 300 in Orange County.
Here's how California's coronavirus cases break down by age as of Wednesday:
Age 0-17: 5,371
Age 18-49: 52,555
Age 50-64: 24,154
Age 65+: 19,462
Health-care workers made up 9,647 of California's confirmed cases, according to state health officials. Of that number, 56 have died. The number of deaths dropped by one based on verification data, health officials said.
U.S. and global case numbers
As of Thursday night, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. was about 1.7 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
That number includes 101,698 people who have died as a result of the virus, and about 400,000 who recovered from it.
Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases stood at more than 5.8 million.
Of that total, more than 361,000 people have died and more than 2.4 million people have recovered.
Mike Chapman is a photojournalist for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash.