121 New Cases and One COVID Death as ICU Capacity Diminishes

Data for Thursday from Shasta County Health & Human Services.

COVID-19 INCIDENT UPDATE: December 18, 2020
Statistics from December 17, 2020
Total Confirmed Cases: 7,121

Hospitalized in Shasta County: 70

In Isolation: 474 (estimate)

Active Cases: 544 (estimate)

Confirmed Cases Thursday: 121

Currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU): 12

Available Regional ICU Capacity:  21.0%

Released from Isolation to Date: 6,511

Negative Tests Thursday: 930

Negative Tests to Date: 98,779

Total Tests: 105,900

Deaths: 66

• We had 121 cases on Thursday, including 58 men, 62 women and 1 person of unknown age and gender:
8 children under age 13
9 teenagers
16 people in their 20s
17 people in their 30s
13 people in their 40s
29 people in their 50s
10 people in their 60s
15 people in their 70s
3 people in their 80s
0 people over age 89

• We are sorry to have to report a death today. The patient was a man in his 60s.

• Our beautiful region is no stranger to emergency situations. In years past, the resilient people of Northern California have worked together to survive disasters as a strong, united community. When wildfires plagued us, we became all too familiar with prevention and response practices, including defensible space, sheltering safely, mitigating poor air quality and using resources wisely. These same terms apply to our current emergency, COVID-19. The Rural Association of Northern California Health Officers issued a joint statement about this, which can be found on www.ShastaReady.org – click on “Current News” and look for “RANCHO.”

• Our local healthcare leaders are asking for our help to protect the strength and safety of the healthcare system by stopping the spread of COVID-19. Find their public service announcement at www.ShastaReady.org – click on “Current News.”

• The week ending Dec. 12 was the single worst week of the pandemic so far in Shasta County, with 934 new cases reported. The number of people hospitalized also hit a record daily high of 72 this week.

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