REDDING Calif.- On Tuesday, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to send a message to the governor on where the Shasta County Board stands on the vaccine mandate.
In early August, the state announced that all healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30, which sparked a debate in Shasta County.
"The county is pretty divided on the issue of the mandated vaccine; there are some who are strongly opposed, and some who are strongly in favor of that. What we looked at today was a resolution that told the state that we would like to have a little more local control and not go with the one size fit all for the whole state," Shasta County Supervisor Leonard Moty said.
Moty says the hospitals would still have their own set of rules for healthcare workers.
"It's going to be the healthcare business and hospitals who are going set their own rules regardless of what the county has to say if causes some healthcare workers to leave that is a concern for all of us in the community," Moty said.
Meanwhile, today in Shasta County, there are 174 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 941 active patients.
"Out of 58 counties, Shasta County has the highest COVID cases in the state of California. Our case rate is 714 per 100-thousand people, and the state average is 110. That average case rate is 288, so we are more than double that," Health and Human Services Agency Spokesperson Kerri Schuette said.
The meeting was supposed to happen on Sept. 21 but is now moving to a different date because of COVID-19 cases.