REDDING Calif. - Today, eight more deaths have been announced in Shasta County. State and health care workers may not be off the hook, even though Shasta County leaders are taking a stand against the governor's vaccine mandate.
The state is requiring all healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated by September 30. It is creating some controversy at Shasta County hospitals.
Chief Operating Officer at Mercy Medical Robert Folden says some of his staff would rather quit than get vaccinated.
"It behooved us to continue to work with people, so again the exemptions process we are a large enough employer there are some people who have said they are not going to request an exemption and have no intention of getting the vaccine. We will go through that discernment process on an individual basis," Folden said.
Folden says he will work with some staff if they can't get the vaccine but plan to do it in the future.
"We've asked folks to have it done by October 1, but the reality is there has, to be a certain amount of discernment it's not a hard and fast rule October 1 that folks are not going to be able to work it will be situational dependent," Folden said.
Meanwhile, Shasta County health officials announced 203 new cases and more than 1000 active cases today.
"I've been vaccinated, so I'm okay with it. I feel that protection is there, and I took advantage of it, and I believe the vaccines are helpful. It's just another avenue that there is a disease process out there, and we have to deal with that we have to come across," One EMT named Daniel said.
As for booster shots, Shasta County public health officials will meet next Friday with the FDA to discuss when doses will be accessible.
Shasta County has been hit very hard this week as 89 people have been hospitalized, and 24 people are in the intensive care unit bringing that total to more than 1000 active cases in Shasta County alone.