Saturday, March 28, 2020

HSU Partners with Public Health to Produce COVID-19 Test Kits

Posted By on Sat, Mar 28, 2020 at 10:23 AM

Preparing COVID-19 Test Kits at HSU. - COURTESY OF HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
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  • Preparing COVID-19 Test Kits at HSU.
Humboldt State University announced it is partnering with Public Health to locally produce desperately needed COVID-19 test kits.

According to a university press release, a group of HSU faculty, staff and alumni spent Thursday in the Department of Biological Sciences developing 1,250 test kits, supplies that are in high demand and short supply locally and nationally.

“We are pleased to do a small part in supporting the local health care professionals who are servicing our region,” said HSU Biological Sciences Chair Amy Sprowles in a press release.

For more information, see the full release copied below:

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Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center and the Eureka Rescue Mission Seeking Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers

Posted By on Sat, Mar 28, 2020 at 9:23 AM

The Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center for the homeless. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
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  • The Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center for the homeless.

The Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center and the Eureka Rescue Mission are seeking non-contact infrared thermometers to check clients', volunteers' and workers' temperatures for symptoms of the novel coronavirus to keep everyone in their facilities safe.


Betty Chinn said that she has 20 open beds in the shelter she’d like to fill, but in order to do so, she needs to check new clients for fever, one of the main symptoms of the virus.


“I can’t find them anywhere,” Chinn told the Journal. “I need them to help intake new clients … I am desperate.”


The thermometers are sold out at local stores and online shipments are being delayed by growing global concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, said Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson, whose department is advocating for the centers.


Chinn said she was able to find a nurse to help her take temperatures but needs an infrared thermometer (which doesn’t require being inserted into a body cavity) to check temperatures twice daily, adding that the nurse isn’t always available.


“[The thermometers] aren’t a guarantee, but it’s an extra layer of safety and caution,” Watson said.


The Eureka Police Department is asking the community if they have an extra infrared thermometer they can donate to call the main desk like at 441-4060, Watson’s direct line at 441-4095 or the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center at 407-3833. If there is no answer, email Watson at swatson@ci.eureka.ca.gov.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Humboldt COVID-19 Cases Climb to 14, with Two Additional Positives Announced Today

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 6:01 PM

COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory. - COURTESY OF THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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  • COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory.
Humboldt County Public Health confirmed two additional local COVID-19 cases today, bringing the county's total to 14.

Earlier today, Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said two cases confirmed late yesterday are not related to an international traveling group tied to seven of the county's cases to date. She said her department is still conducting a contact investigation, trying to determine where the patients may have come into contact with someone carrying the disease.

Frankovich also said the county's fifth case — which officials feared had been the county's first case of community transmission, meaning the source of infection was unknown — has been traced back to contact with another known case.

To date, more than 400 locals have been tested for COVID-19, with 14 tests returning positive. The Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory reports it currently has supplies on hand to conduct about 600 tests, with capacity to process 40 samples a day and an approximate turnaround time of 48 hours.


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County Announces Virtual Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 Response

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 4:25 PM

Humboldt County Public Health is urging local residents to participate in a virtual town hall meeting with local officials Monday evening to discuss the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting, which will be be broadcast and streamed live, will include Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Director Connie Beck, Board of Supervisors Chair Estelle Fennell, Health Officer Teresa Frankovich, Sheriff William Honsal and Public Health Director Michele Stephens. The Journal will be moderating the meeting, asking questions submitted by all local media outlets, and the public. (Questions can be emailed in advance to COVIDinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or submitted via several other options included in the press release below.)

The meeting, which is slated to go from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will be broadcast live on Access Humboldt Channel 11 and on KZZH-LP 96.7. There are also a variety of streaming options, which you can find in the press release copied below.



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Eureka City Schools Changes its Meal Distribution Schedule (Spanish and Hmong Translation)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 3:06 PM

Eureka City Schools to offer meal service amid COVID-19 shutdown. - FILE
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  • Eureka City Schools to offer meal service amid COVID-19 shutdown.

Eureka City Schools will change its meal distribution schedule on March 30 to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


When Humboldt County schools began shutting down due to growing concerns of COVID-19, schools started distributing meals to children under 18 years old.


Eureka City Schools announced in a press release that it will be providing two days' worth of food on Mondays and Wednesdays for breakfast and lunch, with Friday's distributions just including meals for that day. Parents and caregivers can pick up meals at Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant and Washington Elementary school.


The bus meal delivery service will also change to a Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule but bus routes will begin an hour later than the current schedule. For example, the first stop of the day will be at approximately 8 a.m.


Please visit the Eureka City Schools website or Facebook page for more information on meal distribution.

See the full press release in English, Spanish and Hmong below:

Beginning Monday, March 30th, we will change our schedule for picking up meals at school sites, as well as the routes and times when we will be delivering meals via buses.

We will continue to distribute breakfast and lunch meals at Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant, and Washington Elementary schools, as well as at Eureka High School. Rather than providing this service each weekday, we will begin providing on-site meal pick-up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Two days’ worth of meals will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pick-up times will remain 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The bus meal delivery service will also move to a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule. We will be providing two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and Wednesdays. However, the bus routes will begin an hour later than the current schedule, with the first stop of the day occurring at approximately 8:00 a.m. Please refer to the Eureka City Schools website for specific times. We will also provide copies of the modified bus meal delivery routes and site pick-up times along with meals that are provided tomorrow (Friday).

As a reminder, all children ages 18 years and under are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch meals. Please note children need not be present at the bus stop or school site for us to provide them meals.

As a final reminder, please be aware of unknown calls as it may be your student’s teacher attempting to reach you or your student. This message will be posted to Facebook and our website.

Saludos a las familias de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka,

A partir de este lunes 30 de marzo, cambiaremos nuestro horario para recoger las comidas en las escuelas, así como las rutas y horarios en los que entregaremos las comidas en los autobuses.

Continuaremos distribuyendo desayunos y almuerzos en nuestras cuatro escuelas primarias, Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant y Washington, así como en Eureka High School. Sin embargo, en lugar de brindar este servicio todos los días de la semana, comenzaremos a proporcionar comida en el lugar los lunes, miércoles y viernes. Se proporcionarán dos días de comidas los lunes y miércoles. Los horarios de recogida serán de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

El servicio de entrega de comidas en autobús también cambiará a un horario de lunes, miércoles y viernes. Proporcionaremos dos días de comidas los lunes y miércoles. Sin embargo, las rutas de los autobuses comenzarán una hora más tarde que el horario actual, con la primera parada del día aproximadamente a las 8:00 a.m.

Consulte el sitio web de Eureka City Schools para horarios específicos. También proporcionaremos copias de las rutas modificadas de entrega de comidas en el autobús y los horarios de recogida del sitio junto con las comidas que se proporcionan mañana, el viernes.

Como recordatorio, todos los niños de 18 años y menores son elegibles para recibir desayunos y almuerzos. Tenga en cuenta que los niños ya no necesitan estar presentes en la parada del autobús o en el sitio escolar para que podamos proporcionarles comidas.

Como recordatorio final, tenga en cuenta las llamadas desconocidas, ya que es posible que el maestro de su estudiante intente comunicarse con usted o su estudiante. Este mensaje se publicará en Facebook y en nuestro sitio web.

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Lub npav thauj tshais, hloov mus rau thaum 8 teev sawv ntxov, hnub Monday , Wednesday thiab Friday. Lub npav mus tib txoj kev, zoo li thaum cov me nyuam caij npav mus kawm ntawv.Yog koj tsis paub txoj kev thiab sij hawm, mus saib ntawm EurekaCitySchools.org.

Txuas ntxiv mus, koj tus menyuam tus xib fwb qhia ntawv, yuav hu rau koj, tham txog kev kawm ntawv hauv tsev. Ua tsaug.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D. Superintendent Eureka City Schools

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Public Health Announces Two New COVID-19 Cases, First Hospitalization

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 5:46 PM

Humboldt County Public Health announced two more positive COVID-19 tests this afternoon and that a different local resident has been hospitalized with the disease.

An investigation is underway into how the latest positive residents contracted the virus, and Public Health released no information regarding the condition of the person hospitalized.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County doubled yesterday when five additional positive tests were returned, bringing the total to 10, according to Public Health. Today's cases make 12 confirmed locally.

Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory staff analyzing a COVID-19 test. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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  • Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory staff analyzing a COVID-19 test.
On March 24, the county announced that two members of a group that had recently returned from international travel had tested positive for the virus. All five of the cases announced yesterday are connected, with four having been members of the same traveling group and the fifth found in a sample taken from a "household contact" of one of the travelers.

According to Public Health, the county’s fifth positive case, which the department announced late on March 24, is unrelated to the traveling group.

“Public Health is ascertaining whether this patient may have had contact with any confirmed cases,” Public Health stated in a March 25 press release. “If no such contact is identified, this individual would represent the first instance of community transmission, meaning the source of infection is unknown.”

In the press release, Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich stressed the importance of the county’s shelter-in-place order, which took effect last week.

“I cannot emphasize enough that travel increases every individual's risk and the risk to the community as a whole,” she said. “It is everyone’s responsibility to cancel non-essential travel and to comply with shelter-in-place orders.”

The county recorded its first case in February in someone who had traveled to China and has since recovered. Then, on March 20, the county announced its second positive test, also in someone who had traveled to a "high-risk country."

Of the 12 cases confirmed in the county so far, nine have been related to international travel, with the likely source of the other three still unknown.

To date, the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory has processed 191 tests, while corporate laboratories have processed an additional 160 samples. Public Health reports it has supplies on hand locally to conduct another 500 tests.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Public Health Announces Five More COVID-19 Cases Today

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 5:21 PM

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County doubled today after five additional positive tests were returned, bringing the total to 10, Humboldt County Public Health announced.

A day after announcing that two members of a group that had recently returned from international travel had tested positive, the department announced today that four additional members of the same group have the virus. The fifth positive test today was in a sample taken from a “household contact” of one of the travelers.

COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory. - COURTESY OF THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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  • COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory.

According to Public Health, the county’s fifth positive case, which the department announced late yesterday, is unrelated to the traveling group.

“Public Health is ascertaining whether this patient may have had contact with any confirmed cases,” the press release states. “If no such contact is identified, this individual would represent the first instance of community transmission, meaning the source of infection is unknown.”

In the press release, Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich stressed the importance of the county’s shelter-in-place order, which took effect last week.

“I cannot emphasize enough that travel increases every individual's risk and the risk to the community as a whole,” she said. “It is everyone’s responsibility to cancel non-essential travel and to comply with shelter-in-place orders.”

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County Sets Up COVID-19 Compliance Tip Line

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 2:27 PM

COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT
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Humboldt County has set up a COVID-19 compliance tip line for residents concerned about certain business operations or gatherings in the community that do not appear in line with the shelter-in-place order.

Essential businesses include grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, hardware stores, car repair and supply shops, delivery services, restaurants with to-go orders, banks, pharmacies, agriculture-related businesses from breweries to creameries and more.

For a rundown on shelter in place and what it means, click here.

The tip line number is 441-3022 but for general coronavirus information call 441-5000. The business support information line is 268-2527.

According to the county's Facebook post, callers can leave a message on the tip line and emergency operation center staff will look into the information. Callers can be anonymous and messages are confidential. To receive a call back, residents can leave their number.
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UPDATED: Watch Huffman's COVID-19 Town Hall

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 10:19 AM

UPDATE:
North Coast Congressman has posted video of last night's town hall meeting on COVID-19 to his Facebook page. We've embedded it below.



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Jared Huffman. - CONGRESS
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  • Jared Huffman.
North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman has announced he will host an "online 'shelter in place community town hall" on Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

"In compliance with shelter in place orders, this is not an in-person event," an email announcing the town hall makes clear.

But folks can join their representative via Facebook Live to hear from him, as well as Marin County Public Health Officer Matt Willis, Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke and Small Business Administration spokesperson William Koontz.

From the list of speakers, it appears the town hall may focus largely on the southern part of Huffman's sprawling congressional district. But for those on the North Coast wanting to join in, the good news is the commute time is minimal.

"Hope you can virtually join us," the invite reads.

See the full invite from Huffman's office below:


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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

SECOND UPDATE: County Announces Fifth COVID-19 Case

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 5:54 PM

COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory. - COURTESY OF THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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  • COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory.
SECOND UPDATE:

A fifth person has tested positive for COVID-19, health officials announced, but no further information was immediately released. According to officials, more details about the case will be released tomorrow. Read the full release at the bottom of the story.

UPDATE:

A fourth case of COVID-19 related to the travel group has been confirmed.

“A multistate investigation of possible contacts is currently under way. Symptomatic contacts will be tested and isolated while results are pending,” a release states. “Asymptomatic contacts will be quarantined.”

Read the full release at the end of the story.


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Humboldt County Public Health has confirmed a third case of COVID-19 locally, this one in a resident who had recently returned from international travel but not to a country that had been flagged as high risk.

“Really, there is no international travel that can be considered safe right now,” Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in a press release, adding that the individual in question had been traveling with a group.

“Health officials are reaching out to all members of the group and conducting a comprehensive investigation of possible contacts,” the press release states. “Symptomatic members of the group will be tested and isolated while results are pending. Asymptomatic travel partners will be quarantined.”

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal stressed in the release the importance of abiding by the county’s shelter-in-place order and staying home.

The positive test came from one of the two commercial labs — LabCorp and Quest — that are processing local samples along with the local Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory. The recent positive sample was taken locally on March 20, with Public Health notified of the results today.

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