Matt BrannonDamon ArthurRedding Record

Another 84 Shasta County residents tested positive for the coronavirus Monday, bringing the county’s total to 1,242 since the start of the pandemic. 

The county has reported more cases in the past month than all of the cases reported from March to Sept. 8.

Because of a recent spike in cases, the county is heading into the state’s “red/substantial” risk tier in its reopening blueprint. Staying in that tier means restaurants, churches and other certain types of businesses, like gyms and shopping centers in the county will have to change their operations, especially around indoor capacity. 

Businesses like bars, breweries and distilleries that do not serve food must close.

The metric that led to the rise in risk tier, the county’s case rate, has jumped dramatically in the last month, going from 1.4 cases per 100,000 county residents on Sept. 8 to 12.8 per 100,000 on Sept 26, according to county data. 

A man wears a face mask while walking under a sign that reads "Relax think COVID free thoughts" during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

If that trend continues, Shasta County could hit the highest risk tier of “purple/widespread,” which would again mean more business restrictions. Kerri Schuette, spokeswoman for Shasta County Public Health, said the earliest the county could hit the last tier is Oct. 20.

Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom attributed some of the spike to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, which she said has had 123 cases in the past two weeks, and the skilled nursing facility Windsor Redding Care Center, which she said has reported 80 cases since late August. 

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On Sept. 8 there had been 600 COVID-19 cases since March. That number has jumped by 642 since then, according to county figures.

The city-owned Redding Civic Auditorium serves as the main campus for Bethel Church's School of Supernatural Ministry.

Of the 84 new cases Monday, 31 were men and 53 were women. Here is a breakdown of the cases by age:

  • 2 children under age 13
  • 12 teenagers
  • 38 people in their 20s
  • 16 people in their 30s
  • 9 people in their 40s
  • 2 people in their 50s
  • 1 person in their 60s
  • 4 people in their 70s

Among the most notable changes public health officials pointed out about the red tier are that:

  • Restaurants, places of worship and movie theaters can be open at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Retail and shopping centers can be open at 50% capacity.
  • Gyms and fitness center can be open at 10% capacity.
  • Wineries can be open outdoors only.
  • Bars, breweries and distilleries that don’t serve food must close.
  • Schools are not affected by the change in tiers.

COVID-19 in California

3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6

Here’s the most recent statewide COVID-19 count, tabulated by state health officials since March 19, 2020:

  • Confirmed cases in California: 828,461
  • Deaths: 16,177
  • Current hospitalizations from confirmed cases: 2,344
  • Current hospitalizations from suspected cases: 831
  • Cases, age 0-17: 86,370
  • Cases, age 18-49: 496,431
  • Cases, age 50-64: 156,312
  • Cases, age 65+: 88,464
  • Age unknown/missing: 884
  • Health workers infected: 40,142
  • Health workers who have died: 190
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