Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Latest COVID-19 Testing Results: No New Positive Cases

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 3:32 PM

click to enlarge COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory. - COURTESY OF THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
  • Courtesy of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services
  • COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory.

The latest COVID-19 lab reports show no new positive cases in Humboldt County since yesterday after the results of five additional people were released.

The county is releasing new daily data at humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert Monday through Saturday.

From March 7 to March 17, the public health lab ran 28 of the 34 tests administered to Humboldt County residents, all of which came back negative. The county has seen one confirmed case to date and that person has seen been cleared. Another indeterminate case has also been cleared.

The lab currently has 195 tests remaining on hand, according to today’s release. The turn-around time for results is about 48 hours.

Public Health is not reporting out the results of tests conducted at commercial laboratories and it remains unclear how or when those would be released to the public.

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Read the Public Health Lab Report below:

March 17, 2020 - Public Health Lab Report

*Numbers below do not reflect testing by commercial laboratories.

People tested before the Public Health Laboratory came online March 7:

• 6 tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or California Department of Public Health

People whose tests were run by the Public Health Laboratory: • 28 Results

Summary to date:

• 34 total patients tested
o 1 positive, cleared
o 1 inconclusive, cleared
o 32 negative

Current test capacity:

• Public Health currently has a total capacity of approximately 195 tests and can process 20 samples a day with an approximate turnaround time of 48 hours.


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