Shasta Co. Public Health urging people to stay within their own household for holiday celebrations

Shasta County Public Health attributing many coronavirus cases to Halloween gatherings.

Posted: Nov 10, 2020 5:34 PM
Updated: Nov 11, 2020 9:06 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County Public Health is attributing many coronavirus cases to Halloween gatherings.

Health officials were hoping to have a smaller case rate by the time the holidays rolled around.

“This is not a good place to be during the holidays,” said Dr. Karen Ramstrom, Shasta County’s Public Health Officer.

“Our hope was to enter the holiday season with low case rates so that we could take advantage of that and celebrate safely with our family members.”

“This is not a time for how we can get around the rules,” said Donnell Ewert, the director for the Shasta Health & Human Services Agency.

“This is a time for us to be asking how can I go beyond the rules, how can I do more and not less.”

Shasta County is seeing an increase in community transmission. Public Health says the county’s case rate jumped from 10.4% to 20.2%.

With more and more cases rising, people are feeling frustrated and concerned by the surge.

“I think it's a little concerning because with everything that's going on right now we need to be a little bit more careful with what we do,” said Brian Ritchey from the City of Shasta Lake. “Just take the precautions needed to get this under control.”

However, Public Health expects to see a surge in COVID-19 cases. As the holidays draw closer, the agency posted a list to their website, recommending how people can still have a safe holiday celebration during the pandemic.

People believe that celebrating the holidays helps bring back some sense of normalcy.

“We're meeting like we do every single year and we're going to have a big dinner,” shared Rick Walsh of Yuba City. “We're going to do whatever we want. We're not going to be constrained by any random rules.”

Others told Action News Now, while they want to see and visit family out of town they're choosing to stay close to home.

“I have a father who is 90-years-old and I want to be able to visit him,” said Libby Cecil of Redding. “I’m having to scale back in the choices that I’m making.”

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