Shasta County COVID-19 Media Briefing for 4/29/2020

0:25 – Updated COVID-19 numbers for Shasta County (as of 6 p.m. on 4/28/2020)

2:03 – Shasta County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Ramstrom, talks about the first meeting of the Roadmap to Recovery Advisory Committee and the new state testing site that is opening at Shasta College (by appointment only).

6:44 – Shasta County CEO, Matt Pontes, talks about the Shasta County Board of Supervisors letter to the governor asking for a little more local control over the reopening process.

8:55 – Valerie Lakey from Mayers Memorial Hospital District and Robert Folden from Mercy Redding provide updates on how their hospitals are meeting weekly to make plans that will keep patients and healthcare workers safe when the state begins to loosen the stay-at-home order.

11:45 – Director of Shasta County Health and Human Services, Donnell Ewert, thanks the community, especially businesses, for their efforts and sacrifices during the stay-at-home order, noting that it’s made a very big difference in our numbers, and that we need just a few more weeks of patience to help keep those numbers low. He also talks about Public Health Branch Director, Brandy Isola’s decision to leave HHSA, thanking her for her more than 18 years of service, and emphasizing to the public that her leaving does not leave a hole in the Emergency Operations Center.

14:55 – Dr. Ramstrom talks about the importance of physical distancing while recreating outdoors, making sure people are staying 6 feet apart and not interacting closely with people who are not in their household.

17:56 – Sheriff Magrini fields a media question about the Redding Drag Strip’s decision to hold a large event and if that would be enforced.

19:49 – Sheriff Magrini and responds to another question about large gatherings. Dr. Ramstrom responds to a question about contact tracing for those who are under a health officer order for isolation or quarantine.

25:15 – Dr. Ramstrom and Donnell Ewert respond to a question about travel and reminds everyone that even in the phase two of the loosening of restrictions, travel should only be for an essential purpose.

30:02 – Dr. Ramstrom provides more detail about the state testing site at Shasta College.

34:24 – Dr. Ramstrom responds to a media question about businesses opening up despite the governor’s stay-at-home order being in place.

Press Release

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