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COVID-19 Update: Lassen County Moved to ‘Purple Tier’ as COVID Cases Surge

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

A chart showing the number of active infections in the community over the last 30-days according to Lassen County Public Health. These numbers represent community members and do not include inmate populations at local prisons.


With COVID-19 cases surging in California, Lassen County has moved backwards in the state’s ‘Blueprint for a Safer Economy’ reopening framework.

Lassen County has moved to the purple tier with increased restrictions now in effect. Click here for county status and new restrictions.

With us moving into the WIDESPREAD tier many non-essential indoor business operations will be closed immediately according to the state’s plan.

It is required that all non-essential work and activities stop between 10:00p.m. and 5:00a.m. in counties in the Widespread (purple) tier. Read more in the limited stay at home order.

In a short press release City Administrator and Police Chief Kevin Jones explained that, “the Susanville Police Department will not be determining compliance with, or enforcing the compliance of, any health order related to this curfew. The Police Department will not prevent Thanksgiving activities, maximum occupancies, or mask wearing mandates at social gatherings within the City of Susanville.”

“We recognize the increase of COVID cases in the last several weeks and respect the precautions put in place by the health agencies. I would like our community to be precautious and respectful of other businesses and people‚Äôs wishes on protecting each other during this pandemic.”

“I thank you all as we try to push through this incredibly challenging time in our current climate.”

As of 9:00p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th, here are COVID-19 statistics being reported by local health officials.

Lassen County’s Public Health Department is reporting 194 active cases in the county with two people currently hospitalized. Two deaths have been attributed to the infection and so far there have been a total of 375 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 713 active cases of COVID-19 among the inmate population at High Desert State Prison.

According to the CDCR COVID tracker High Desert now has more infections than any other prison in the state.

The number of infections at the California Correctional Center has grown from 4 to 28 in the last week. You can follow this link to CDCR’s inmate population tracker.

According to numbers updated by CDCR on Friday there are 77 staff members at High Desert and 17 at CCC with active cases of COVID-19. Staff numbers will be updated by the state this Friday.

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

FCI Herlong is reporting 15 active cases.

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