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COVID-19 Update: Lassen County Begins Vaccinations of First Responders and Healthcare Providers

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

Lassen County’s Public Health Officer Kenneth Korver receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The Lassen County Health Department has received our county’s first allocation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and on Saturday the agency began inoculating first responders and healthcare workers.

“In my opinion, this is big, the beginning of the end,” said Lassen’s Director of Health and Social Services Barbara Longo.

“This is a critical step in curbing the spread of COVID in 2021. By offering additional protection to those individuals facing COVID-19 on a daily basis, we can ensure a safer workforce and additional preventative measures for our at-risk populations.”

Public Health will notify everyone when the vaccine is available to the healthy, general public, a move that will come as soon as they complete vaccinating at-risk populations.

“The vaccine is offered on a voluntary basis as are not requiring or forcing anyone to take the vaccine,” explained Longo.

Lassen County Public Health is following the California Department of Public Health’s allocation guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine plan which outlines a phased approach to offering the vaccine.

You can click here and read more about the CDPH recommendations that Lassen County is following.

According to Longo, Lassen County is currently administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. This vaccine was released to health care providers this week.

Lassen county’s allocation is currently being stored at a Shasta County facility because the county lacks the equipment needed to store the vaccine for more than five days.

Click here to download a fact sheet for recipients and caregivers.

First responder Taylor Little receives his vaccination from Helen May, Lassen County Public Health Nurse

As of December 20th, at 8:00a.m., here are COVID-19 statistics being reported by local health officials.

Lassen County’s Public Health Department is reporting 532 active cases in the county with twelve people currently hospitalized. Six deaths have now been attributed to the infection and so far there have been a total of 1122 cases reported.

Click here for the most current information from the health department.

Infections at Local Prisons

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is reporting 543 active cases of COVID-19 among the inmate population at High Desert State Prison.

The number of infections at the California Correctional Center is now at 54. You can follow this link to CDCR’s inmate population tracker.

As of Friday, December 18th, CDCR is reporting 106 staff members at CCC and 76 at High Desert have active cases.

You can track staff numbers at the two institutions by going to this page at CDCR.

FCI Herlong is reporting 77 active cases.

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