COVID-19 update: What we know about the coronavirus Tuesday morning – Record Searchlight


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Shasta County reopening depends on stable case numbers

7 a.m. Tuesday, May 19

While no new cases of COVID-19 were reported for the second-straight day in Shasta County on Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated the county’s reopening could move forward “in a matter of weeks if all goes well,” local officials said in a Monday evening announcement.

The ability to move to Stage 3 of the governor’s recovery plan depends on keeping case numbers stable, among other factors, according to the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. The definition of stable is up to the state, according to Kerri Schuette, spokeswoman for HHSA. 

No new coronavirus cases were reported Monday by county officials. Since the outbreak began, 34 county residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including four deaths.

County officials said the governor is allowing the following workplaces to reopen with modifications as of Monday:

  • Office space and counseling services in places of worship
  • Curbside libraries
  • Drive-in movie theaters

In a change to the county’s COVID-19 response, Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Kerri Schuette said Friday was the last day of “unified command,” which included the HHSA, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and local fire officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Although the latter two are still cooperating agencies, leaders from the three groups will no longer work together in the same building, which they had been doing for about the last six weeks. 

Schuette said sheriff’s Lt. Anthony Bertain remains the director of the county’s Emergency Operations Center. 


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No new coronavirus cases as of Monday morning

The last case was reported Saturday when county officials said a man in his 70s tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 2,918 tests administered.

The man was in isolation at home, Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Kerri Schuette said.

Also Monday, there were 11 people in quarantine and two in isolation, Schuette said. There were no patients in the hospital.

The three most recent cases in the county were people who show no symptoms, Schuette said.


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Humboldt County sees first death connected to COVID-19

Humboldt County reported its first death related to COVID-19 on Monday as the number of cases there rose to 81. 

The person who died was a 97-year-old resident of the Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility in Eureka, according to the Times-Standard.

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Meanwhile, the coastal county reported four new COVID-19 cases on Monday. Two of the patients work at the Alder Bay facility and one is a resident. The other case is unrelated to the facility, according to county officials. 

The county has gone from 61 cases to 81 since May 11. 

COVID-19 cases around the North State

On Monday, Siskiyou County announced its first confirmed case of the virus in about 40 days, bringing its total to six cases since the outbreak began.

Butte County also announced it had two more cases on Monday, and Humboldt County reported four new cases and its first death as a result of the virus.

Here’s where case totals stand for far Northern California as of Tuesday morning:

  • Shasta County, 34 cases
  • Butte County, 24 cases
  • Glenn County, 12 cases
  • Siskiyou County, 6 cases
  • Plumas County, 4 cases
  • Colusa County, 3 cases
  • Tehama County, 2 cases
  • Trinity County, 1 case
  • Lassen County, no cases
  • Modoc County, no cases

Coastal Counties:

  • Humboldt County, 81 cases
  • Mendocino County, 14 cases
  • Del Norte County, 12 cases


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COVID-19 cases statewide

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in California on Sunday was 80,430, the California Department of Public Health reported Monday afternoon.

California’s death toll stands at 3,302 since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

Here is how California’s coronavirus cases break down by age:

  • Age 0-17: 3,355 cases
  • Age 18-49: 40,539 cases
  • Age 50-64: 19,703 cases
  • Age 65+: 16,727 cases
  • Unknown/missing: 106 cases

Health-care workers made up 8,330 of California’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to state officials. Of that number, 47 have died.

U.S. and global cases

As of 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States was more than 1.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. That number includes more than 90,000 people who died as a result of the virus. About 283,000 people recovered from it.

Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases stood at over 4.8 million. Of that total, more than 319,000 people died. More than 1.8 million people have recovered.

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