Butte, Del Norte County’s COVID-19 cases each rise to 40; pass Shasta County
Tuesday, May 22, May 26
The number of COVID-19 cases in Butte and Del Norte counties rose to 40 from mid-afternoon Tuesday.
On Monday, Butte County Public Health reported 35 known COVID-19 cases, while Del Norte’s cases nearly doubled from a total of 23 over the weekend to 40.
Both of these counties now have more virus cases than Shasta County, which had 36 known cases Tuesday.
Butte County health officials have said two out of 1
Tehama County announced on Tuesday a new virus case, which means that Tehama would total four. The person who tested positive for COVID-19 is a man in his 50s.
Fourth straight day without new cases in Shasta County
Tuesday, May 26, 5:45 pm
Meanwhile, Tuesday marked the fourth straight day without new cases of coronavirus in Shasta County, health officials said.
Despite no new cases, four people remained in isolation and 16 were quarantined in Shasta County.
There have been 36 cases of coronavirus in the county and four people have died, officials say.
There have been 4,638 tests administered in Shasta County and there were no new patients at the hospital, officials said.
Recent Shasta County coronavirus patients include a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 40s, who were both in solitary confinement at home, officials say.
Hairdressers, barbershops that are given OK to open again with restrictions
Tuesday, May 1, May 26th
One day after declaring that churches across the state could reopen, Govin Newsom announced Tuesday that hair salons and barbershops may begin to see customers in many California counties.
But “serious changes” must be in place, Newsom said on Twitter.
Per Associated Press is among the guidelines for hairdressing salons and barbershops that customers and workers must wear masks during haircut and other close contact services.
Shasta is one of the 47 counties in the state that have been granted waivers for home-home orders that allow them to speed up the reopening process.
The new rules for hair salons do not cover all beauty services, according to AP. Nail salons are still not cleaned to open, and hair salons should not perform services such as eyebrow waxing or facial treatments that require a worker to touch a customer’s face.
The state guidelines require customers to be screened for virus symptoms and for employees and protectors to use facial coatings during haircut and other services, AP reported. The state proposes that workers use safety goggles or face shields as additional precautions.
In addition, AP says that salons and barbershops will also need to get rid of magazines and offers such as water and coffee for customers. Reception areas must have hand cleaners and enough space for social distance. Workstations and pallets must be disinfected between each customer.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will not resume the 2020 season
1:30 pm, Tuesday, May 26th
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has canceled its 2020 season.
Like other entertainment venues, the theater group’s season is postponed when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Officials originally announced a plan to reopen September 8.
But after a May 7 press conference by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the festival was canceling the rest of the 2020 season.
Brown said large state gatherings would not return until late September, and even that timeline is weak.
“Health and safety throughout the Ashland community, including artists, staff, volunteers, patrons and festival partners, is our top priority,” Nataki Garrett, OSF’s artistic director, said on the group’s website. “It is with great sadness that we are forced to cancel OSF’s autumn season 2020. My primary goal is to protect the future of this famous 85-year-old organization and to return good theater to our scenes in 2021.”
Census restarts field work in Northern California
Tuesday, May 26, 7 p.m. 10:00
The Census Bureau resumes its field operations in Northern California which include Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties.
The agency’s field work was suspended on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Census workers will continue to release the questionnaire package for the 2020 census at the doors of households that do not have ordinary mailing addresses. These households are in rural areas that use post offices, spokeswoman Marna Davis said in an email.
Davis said the field workers have undergone training to follow physical distance rules. They will also have personal protective equipment provided by the government.
“This operation is contactless and follows the latest federal health and safety guidelines,” Davis said.
The census wants households to respond quickly with an ID number in the package. People can respond online, by phone or with the paper form in the package, she said.
Questionnaire packages will be distributed to 6,734 households in Shasta County, 4,910 in Siskiyou and 1,725 in Tehama. The workers will also go to households in 20 other Northern California counties.
Lassen Volcanic National Park opens again Friday
Tuesday, May 26, 7:45 am
Lassen Volcanic National Park welcomes visitors again on Friday.
“Lassen Volcanic National Park will increase access by opening the 30-mile highway, Butte Lake Road, Warner Valley Road and all hiking trails (except Bumpass Hell),” the park’s website says.
The park’s campsites, including Lake Manzanita, are not included in this first phase of the reopening.
Lassen had hoped to be able to reopen Memorial Day weekend, but Superintendent Jim Richardson said the park had not yet received approval for its reopening plan.
The national park has been closed due to the corona virus since March 27.
State health officials are giving churches OK to reopen
California announced on Monday that churches across the state may reopen with some restrictions.
Re-opening churches must limit attendance to 25% of the building’s maximum capacity, or up to 100 participants, the California Department of Public Health says.
“Together, our measures have helped bend the curve and reduce infections in our state,” says the state’s public health representative. Sonia Angell in a news release. “Because more of us may be leaving our homes, keeping a physical distance, wearing face covers in public and washing our hands are often more important than ever to protect yourself and those around you.”
Still, the new guidelines for worshiping religious institutions encourage continuing online services and activities to protect those at risk and older adults.
For the State Department of Health, religious services and burials must reopen:
- Establish and implement a COVID-19 prevention plan for each site, train staff on the plan and regularly evaluate compliance workplaces.
- Train employees and volunteers on COVID-19, including how to prevent it from spreading and what underlying health conditions can make individuals more susceptible to the virus.
- Implement protocol cleaning and disinfection.
- Set physical distance guidelines.
- Church employees and guests should also be recommended to wear fabric coatings. The church should also review staff for temperature and symptoms at the beginning of their shifts.
Within three weeks, state health officials will assess the effects of the Religious Services Guidelines.
“This 21-day interval represents seven days for churches to prepare and reopen and an additional 14-day incubation period of COVID-19,” the news release said.
At the same time, the existing guidelines now apply to retailers that made it possible for counties that received approval to open stores in their area throughout the state.
Shasta County was among several counties that received early approval, and its main shopping destination, Mt. Shasta Mall opened May 18.
The news that churches can open again comes when confirmed cases of coronavirus in Shasta County stood at 36 as of Monday morning.
Local health officials released new numbers Monday night after the press date.
On Monday, Siskiyou County Public Health announced the reopening of places of worship, retail stores, hair salons and nail salons – all with changes to allow for social distance and hygiene.
According to the county guidelines, places of worship may include religious services and burials that limit participation to 25% of a building’s capacity, or up to 100 people, whichever is lower.
See a copy of the reopening plan at https://bit.ly/2zoLxtp.
Students enrolled in the College of the Siskiyous Legislative Program Register with Siskiyou County Public Health employees for a coronavirus test on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Testing for students, faculty and staff on campus was part of the school’s plan to resume face-to-face courses and educations in the university’s law enforcement, firefighter and paramedic programs. (Photo: Dawnie Slabaugh / College of the Siskiyous)
As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Siskiyou County remained at six, unchanged for more than a week.
All six patients were reported to have recovered, according to Siskiyou County Public Health.
Health officials conducted nearly 1,400 COVID-19 tests from 9 a.m. Tuesday. This is sufficient for about 3% of the inhabitants. Results for 59 of these tests are still pending.
Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta continues to offer COVID-19 screenings for key workers, available by appointment. Testing is free for patients and is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center, 902 Pine St. in Mount Shasta. Call 926-7132.
Other Northern California counties
On Tuesday, Del Norte County announced three new confirmed cases of the virus.
None of the other counties listed below reported further cases on Monday.
In Long Northern California, here’s the case on COVID-19, starting Tuesday afternoon:
- Butte County, 40 cases
- Shasta County, 36 cases
- Glenn County, 12 fall
- Siskiyou County, 6 fall
- Colusa County, 5 cases
- Lassen county, 4 cases
- Pluma County, 4 cases
- Tehama County, 4 fall
- Trinity County, 1 fall
- Modoc County, no cases
- Humboldt, 94
- Del Norte, 40
- Mendocino, 22
What the COVID-19 looks like in California
Statewide increased the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 96,733 on Monday, the California Department of Health reported Tuesday.
The total number of deaths across the country is 3,814, an increase of 19 from Sunday.
The number of positive COVID-19 hospital patients amounted to 3,065 as of Monday.
The majority of hospital patients – 1,477 of more than 4,000 – are in Los Angeles County, followed by 317 in San Diego County and 300 in Orange County.
Here’s how California’s coronavirus cases show by age as of Monday:
- Age 0-17: 4,872
- Age 18-49: 49,643
- Age 50-64: 23,185
- Age 65+: 18,898
- Unknown / missing: 135
According to health care workers, 9,360 of California’s confirmed cases were healthcare workers. Of that number, 50 have died. The number of deaths decreased by one based on verification data, health officials say.
US and global affairs
As of 2:00 Tuesday, the number of coronavirus cases confirmed in the United States was approximately 1,755,500, Johns Hopkins University.
That number includes more than 98,700 people who have died as a result of the virus and more than 379,000 who have recovered from it.
The number of confirmed cases worldwide amounted to 5.55 million.
Of the total, more than 348,000 people have died and more than 2.27 million people have recovered.
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