SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – On Tuesday, Shasta County saw another big spike in coronavirus cases, with more than 95 new positive cases and another death.
Shasta County has the highest positivity rate in the state at 8.1%, and Tehama County is right behind it at 8%.
The CDC says the positivity rate is the number of positive cases divided by the total number of tests. Shasta County Public Health says most of the recent cases are from young adults and that many are connected to the bethel school of supernatural ministry.
“We're getting a lot of negative tests in which is great, that helps keep our positivity rate down,” said Kerri Schuette with Shasta County Public Health.
“Unfortunately, we have a lot of positive tests as well which is where the problem is.”
To bring down the positivity rate, public health urges people to get tested, wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask.
“I think as long as we keep sticking to the rules, the mask, hand washing, keeping 6 feet apart, and not going out on unnecessary things, I think we should be good,” said Jennifer Muller of Cottonwood.
“I think it’s just up to us.”
Even though Shasta County is in the red tier, the county is bracing to be placed into the purple, which is the most restrictive category in the reopening plan.