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COVID-19: What we know Thursday about the coronavirus in the North State

David Benda
Redding Record Searchlight

To date, Siskiyou County officials estimate 1,741 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, with 54 still waiting for results.

There have been no deaths reported in Siskiyou related to the virus.

The county reported no new cases on Wednesday. Of the nine confirmed cases, three are active.

Shasta County

Shasta County health officials are encouraging anyone who attended Tuesday night’s protests in Redding to get tested for the coronavirus.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom said there is concern people were not wearing masks and in close contact with each other. She said people can get tested for free at Shasta College by going to Shastaready.org.

While she didn't say those individuals should self-isolate, she did suggest they be careful about who they come in contact with.

It would be a good idea to avoid "people who are at high risk for the next two weeks. I would suggest that at a minimum,” Ramstrom said.

She recommended that people wait about a week to get tested, but if they develop symptoms before that, to contact their health provider.

No new cases were reported on Wednesday, leaving the total count at 40.

Hundreds gathered Tuesday night along Court Street downtown and at Redding City Hall to protest police violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death on Memorial Day while being detained by police in Minneapolis. 

The protests have spread across the country, and in Redding, they continued Wednesday night in front of Redding City Hall.

Dean Germano, CEO of Shasta Health Community Center, said he was at Tuesday’s protest wearing a mask but observed many people who weren’t.

“I was thinking to myself that if there were any positives in that group, there is going to be a bloom (of COVID-19 cases),” he said at Wednesday’s press conference.

Health officials also encouraged people who attended the Mother’s Day rodeo in Cottonwood last month to get tested.

The event defied the state’s ban on gatherings and health officials were worried it might lead to an increase in coronavirus cases. They are happy a cluster doesn’t appear to have broken out, but have said they might not ever be able to quantify the rodeo's impact — especially since some infected people don’t show any symptoms.

Other Northern California counties

In far Northern California, here's where COVID-19 case totals stand:

Butte County, 55

Shasta County, 40

Glenn County, 17 

Siskiyou County, 9 

Colusa County, 7

Tehama County, 6

Lassen County, 5 

Plumas County, 4 

Trinity County, 1 

Modoc County, no cases

Coastal counties:

Humboldt, 104

Del Norte, 47

Mendocino, 33

What COVID-19 looks like in California

Statewide, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 117,687 as of Tuesday, the California Department of Health reported Wednesday afternoon.

At least 4,361 people in the state have died from the virus and 3,090 people were hospitalized with the disease. Another 1,368 people suspected to have the illness were in the hospital. 

Here's how California's coronavirus cases break down by age:

Age 0-17: 6,925

Age 18-49: 61,896

Age 50-64: 27,334

Age 65+: 21,354

Unknown/missing: 178

Health-care workers made up 10,293 of California's confirmed cases, according to state health officials. Of that number, 63 have died.

U.S. and global case numbers

As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the number of known coronavirus cases in the U.S. was at 1.85 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

That number includes 107,235 people who have died as a result of the virus in the U.S.

Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases was almost 6.5 million. Of that total, 386,637 people have died.