Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Public Health: No New COVID Cases Confirmed Today

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 5:33 PM

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Humboldt County Public Health announced that no new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today, leaving the county's case count at 94.

It's a moment of relief as the county is coming off a two-week spike of COVID cases that began on May 9 with a total of 38 confirmed cases since then. The spike also included the county's first COVID-19 related deaths, both of residents at Alder Bay Assisted Living.

The first confirmed death in Humboldt County occurred May 17, when a 97-year-old woman died at a local hospital. Another Alder Bay resident died at St. Joseph Hospital on May 19. To date, Alder Bay has seen a total of seven residents and seven staff members test positive.

Basics of COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.

Emergency warning signs needing immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to awaken, and bluish lips or face.

In an emergency situation: Call ahead to the emergency room or inform the 911 operator of the possibility of a COVID-19 infection and, if possible, put on a face mask. St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals have opened tents on their campuses to begin screening patients who have “significant” symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus. The general hours of operation for the tents is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. but that is subject to change.

Symptoms or possible exposure: In the case of a possible exposure with symptoms — fever and cough or shortness of breath — contact your doctor’s office or the county Department of Health and Human Services, which has a hotline that can be reached during business hours at covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at hhsphb@co.humbldt.ca.us or at (707) 445-6200. St. Joseph Health has also set up a virtual assessment tool as an aid to assess risk factors for contracting the illness, which can be found at www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started a rumor-control webpage that can be found here.

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Read the full press release here:

Humboldt County’s COVID-19 case count remains at 94 as no additional cases were confirmed today.

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.

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