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13 New Cases, B117 Variant Detected in Shasta County

Data from Tuesday, from Shasta County Health & Human Services.

COVID-19 INCIDENT UPDATE: March 24, 2021
Statistics from March 23, 2021

INCIDENT FACTS AND SUMMARY
Total Confirmed Cases: 11,307

Hospitalized in Shasta County: 5

In Isolation: 70 (estimate)

Active Cases: 75 (estimate)

Confirmed Cases Tuesday: 13

Currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU): 0

Available Regional ICU Capacity: 29.1%

Released from Isolation to Date: 11,032

Newly Received Negative Tests: 662

Number of Tests in the Past 14 Days (+ and -): 6,939

Total Tests: 173

Deaths: 200

CURRENT SITUATION
• We had 13 cases Tuesday, including 7 men and 6 women:
– 2 children under 13
– 1 teenager
– 6 people in their 20s
– 2 people in their 30s
– 2 people in their 40s

• This report includes a weekly update to our total case numbers, as we have been conducting case
investigations to correct reported cases that were duplicates or out-of-county records. Due to a state database error which has now been corrected, this week’s adjustment resulted in an increase in our total confirmed case numbers.

• The COVID B117 variant has been detected in Shasta County. The variant doesn’t change how a person gets sick but how likely a person is to get sick and need medical care. B117 produces more virus particles and increases transmission by roughly 50%. There’s also evidence that the variant causes more severe illness. It’s natural for a virus to shift its genetic makeup over time. The shift is called a variant because the virus varies from its original form. Variants of the COVID virus are concerning when evidence shows the variant:
– Spreads more easily from person to person (increased transmissibility).
– Triggers symptoms that are more severe and/or harder to treat, resulting in more people needing hospital care or dying.
– Causes disease in people who would normally be considered immune (from prior illness or
vaccination).

• Now that B117 is in Shasta County, please continue to take actions to protect yourself and others from getting COVID-19. Continue to limit your time in public, keep your distance, wear a mask, get vaccinated when it’s your turn and wash your hands often.

• Appointments are available now for first-dose clinics this week. Vaccine is free. The clinics are:
– Shasta College (Moderna): Thursday, March 25 by appointment.
– Shasta College (Pfizer): Friday, March 26, by appointment.
– You can also sign up at MyTurn – appointments are available now, and if you’re not eligible, the
system will let you know when you are. Learn more at www.ShastaReady.org, click on “Vaccinations.”

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