YREKA, Calif. — Siskiyou County Public Health reported a third death from coronavirus on Monday — both the third fatality attributed to the virus since the pandemic began and the third reported this month.
"SCPH expresses its sincere condolences to the person’s family and friends," the agency said. "To protect the privacy of this person and their family, we will not be giving out any further information at this time."
With coronavirus cases surging in many areas of California, state officials rolled Siskiyou County back to its most restrictive level for coronavirus measures earlier this month. Tier 1 (purple), which the state uses to characterize "widespread" presence of COVID-19, now accounts for the vast majority of the state.
"This is once again another tragic reminder that all Siskiyou County residents must take action to slow the spread of the virus by following all applicable guidance and recommendations from the Public Health Department," officials continued. "It is essential that the public practice preventative measures to protect themselves, their family and their community."
Siskiyou County Public Health underlined that community spread poses a much higher threat to people in higher-risk categories, advising those people to stay home as much as possible and limit exposure. People at increased risk include adults over 65 years old and persons with chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.