Five cases of Delta variant identified in Tehama County

The Tehama County Health Services Agency has confirmed five cases of the Delta variant in the county.

Posted: Aug 13, 2021 6:37 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2021 6:47 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - Five cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant have been verified in Tehama County, according to the Tehama County Health Services Agency.

Tehama County is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. There are currently 176 active COVID-19 cases in isolation.

Six COVID-19 positive patients are currently hospitalized.

A month ago there were only 10 to 15 positive COVID-19 cases in isolation reported on a daily basis, TCHSA said.
Of the 305 new positive COVID-19 cases reported since Aug.1, only 7 have been fully vaccinated.

The percentage of fully vaccinated Tehama County residents is still at 39%, according to TCHSA.

There is a lag time between positive test results and the variant results but TCHSA says that the highly contagious Delta variant is in the county.

TCHSA says it is working to address the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Due to lack of resources, Tehama County has requested the assistance of state resources and staff who will help to follow up with positive COVID-19 individuals.

The county is utilizing a survey tool that texts individuals and prompts them to fill out a questionnaire on CalConnect.
California Connected is the state's contact tracing program.

This program allows public health workers from communities across the state to connect with individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and work with them, and people they have been in close contact with, to ensure they have access to confidential testing, medical care, and other services, TCHSA said.

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 will receive a questionnaire via text message from the CA COVID Team to complete it upon.

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases the State Public Health Officer of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued new orders as of Aug. 5.

The orders are used to prevent the spread of the virus in hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Intermediate Care Facilities.

The facilities identified in these orders must either:

  • Verify visitors are fully vaccinated
  • Or for unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated visitors, verify documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of each visit

These orders apply to only indoor visitations that occur in the facilities identified.

The new mandate also enforces all unvaccinated employees of healthcare facilities and healthcare settings to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals who qualify for an exemption from this mandate must complete weekly or twice weekly testing for COVID-19.

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