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Coronavirus is responsible for 78 deaths in Shasta County. In California, more than 26,000 people have died from Covid-19

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 7:01 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 8:10 AM

REDDING, Calif. – Coronavirus is responsible for 78 deaths in Shasta County. In California, more than 26,000 people have died from Covid-19.

Funeral homes like McDonald's Chapel say it's continuing to work with families who've lost loved ones to covid-19 and is helping them through the process.

Chairs sat six feet apart in an empty viewing room at McDonald’s Chapel.

“Grief is very difficult no matter what the cause of death is,” said Bob Todd, the General Manager of McDonald’s Chapel.

But even with a new year, coronavirus deaths keep climbing.

“It's really scary, it's very scary,” said Rhonda Alvey of Redding. “My husband is 75 and I worry every day.”

McDonald's Chapel says it's seen a spike Covid-19 related deaths come through its doors.

“We have seen a little bit of a spike in Covid deaths in the last month,” said Todd. “So we work with those families and help them through the process.”

When it comes to caring for the deceased, Todd tells Action News Now staff wear extra personal protective equipment. Staff also disinfect each car after each use and space where the deceased is kept.

“Our staff if wearing extra PPE when they're encountering a Covid death,” said Todd. “So they do take some extra precautions.”

But with Shasta County still in the purple tier, ceremonies like funerals can still only be held outdoors.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
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Alpine730
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