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COVID-19: Shasta County reports four deaths, major one-day spike in cases


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Shasta County reported four coronavirus-related deaths and 240 new cases on Thursday.

The four people who died from complications due to the virus are two men over age 89, a woman older than 89 and a man in his 80s.

Thirteen people who are seriously ill are currently being treated in the ICU, health officials say. In total, 46 people are hospitalized in Shasta County.

Currently, regional ICU capacity is well above the threshold that would trigger a regional stay-at-home order.

30.3 percent of ICU beds are available in the Northern California region. If availability drops to 15 percent, the region would go into lockdown.

The Northern California region includes Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Trinity, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Del Norte, Lake and Mendocino Counties.

Health officials say people who are hospitalized due to COVID have longer hospital stays in the Northstate.

In Shasta County, the average hospital stay is 10.8 days with the statewide average being 7.4 days.

Numbers show the same trend with ICU hospitalizations. Shasta County's average is 17.2 days with the statewide average being 9.6 days.

Meanwhile, the high number of virus infections continues to be reported across all age groups. Below is a breakdown of Wednesday's numbers:

  • 13 children under age 13
  • 21 teenagers
  • 30 people in their 20s
  • 39 people in their 30s
  • 28 people in their 40s
  • 35 people in their 50s
  • 30 people in their 60s
  • 20 people in their 70s
  • Six people in their 80s
  • Two people over age 89
  • 16 people of unknown age
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People who may have been exposed are urged to get tested for coronavirus with 5-7 days of the exposure. Free testing is available in Redding, Enterprise, Anderson and Shasta Lake City.

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