COVID-19 cases soar in Lassen County

Lassencares.org, Lassen County’s COVID-19 reporting portal, reports 72 active COVID-19 community cases in Lassen County as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Lassen Cares also reported no active cases at the California Correctional Center, 275 active cases at High Desert State Prison and eight active cases at the Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong.

Despite California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that 94.1 percent of the state’s population now lives in the state’s most restrictive tier beginning tomorrow, Lassen County is not listed in that press release.

Richard Egan, a public information officer for the Lassen County COVID-19 Incident Command Team, said he found it curious Lassen County had been omitted — he said we’re currently ranked in the orange tier.

Of greater concern to Lassen County residents is the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the community.

“We’ll be updating our numbers later today,” Egan said. “I don’t have them in front of me, but I think they may go up again, I just don’t know how much. They got a whole bunch of results that they’re pouring through. Our last update was on Saturday, so we’ll update today. We’ll know more later today after we look at all the numbers, but it seems like we’re having a real uptick. It’s not just us, it’s everywhere. I would suspect we’ll go to a higher tier this week or next.”

Lassen County is currently in the orange tier (moderate, with 1 to 3.9 new cases per day per 100,000 people. At the orange level, some indoor business operations are open with modifications.

Above the orange tier is the red tier (substantial, 4 to 7 new cases per day per 100,000 people.) Egan said he expects the state will move us up to the red tier soon. At the red level, some non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Above the red tier is the purple tier (widespread, more than 7 new cases per 100,000 people.) At the purple level, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Egan also said the state may change the way counties move from one tier to another — the classifications may change more than once a week and counties may move up more than one tier per week in the future.

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