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20 COVID deaths Wednesday in the North State, half of them in Tehama County

In Red Bluff, some locals will continue to take precautions against the virus, while others feel to them, it doesn't make a difference.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 11:48 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2021 9:40 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - 20 deaths in the North State from COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest in a single day since the pandemic started.

Half of those deaths are in Tehama County.

In just the past two weeks, Tehama County has seen 21 deaths from the virus adding 10 more on Wednesday, the most announced Wednesday out of any county in our area.

Shoppers going in and out of Foodmaxx in Red Bluff, some with masks others without.

"It's kind of scary, what else to do but to stay away from people and wear a mask," 'Randy' said. 

A man who went by 'Randy' with his dog Rosko went inside the store and was frustrated at what they saw.

"I'm going to wear one regardless," he said. "I'll be the only person wearing a mask sometimes in the store."

"You gotta do what you gotta do to protect yourself right?" asked Action News Now.

"Myself and others, it's really a 'we' thing, it's not just me you know?" he responded.

This brings the total number of deaths from the virus in Tehama to 100.

Randy feels the lack of vaccinations will only lead to more.

"That's heartbreaking it really is. That's the reality of this. Better safe than sorry," he said.

Still, for some, the 20 deaths added today in the North State are not convincing enough to get the vaccine or wear a mask.

"We came from Santa Cruz County where I think there are way more," said Anabel Chavez.

Tehama County has less than half the deaths of Santa Cruz County, but Tehama has only one-fourth of the population.

"It's sad, it's always sad when you lose somebody or somebody dies," she said. "But I mean, that's not going to change the way we think about it or our feelings about it."

From Sept. 12 and 18, health experts in California say you are eight times more likely to get the virus than if you're fully vaccinated.

Tehama County has a case rate of nearly 14% one of the highest in the state.

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