COVID-19 is hitting Shasta County hard. 8 deaths were reported from Tuesday alone. They included a man in his 50s, two women in their 60s, a man and 2 women in their 70s, and a man and woman in their 80s. 203 new cases were reported, with 27 of them age 12 and younger case. Shasta County has the highest case rate in California, at 715 per 100,000 people. There are 1,093 known cases in the community, 89 in the hospital and 24 in the ICU. Vaccination is highly effective, and works against the variants as well. Anyone who’s been exposed or tested positive should follow the isolation instructions at shastaready.org. That’s also where information on testing and vaccinations can be found.