Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Direct from the Source: Joint Information Center Answers Questions on COVID-19

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 12:43 PM

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Humboldt Countyโ€™s Joint Information Center put out a Facebook post today to answer some of the most common questions to come their way as Humboldt navigates its reopening amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hereโ€™s a list of 14 questions and answers on everything from whether the mall has the green light to open (spoiler alert: it does not yet) to how come information was released about potential exposure at the Aztec Grill in McKinleyville but not at other places.

Read the responses below:

๐Ÿ. ๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐›๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž, ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ž-๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž? a. That is up to the individual restaurant.

๐Ÿ. ๐’๐จ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ฌ๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง? ๐Ž๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ง๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ-๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š ๐ง๐š๐ข๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง? a. Neither hair nor nail salons are currently cleared to open in Humboldt County. The governor has left the timing of that to counties, and in Humboldt County weโ€™re focusing on restaurants first.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐’๐จ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐ค ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ? ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ฌ? a. Itโ€™s hard to eat with a mask on. Servers and other employees are required to wear them, and per the Health Officerโ€™s Order, facial coverings are mandatory among all people over the age of 12 who are able to wear them. Masking for children age 2 to 12 is strongly recommended. Mask-wearing is among the most available and most effective protective factors available to us.

๐Ÿ’. ๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง? a. Weโ€™re working on one and hope to have it on our website by end of business today (May 27).

๐Ÿ“. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ? a. Total hospitalizations from the beginning of the event are twelve. We do not release information about people currently hospitalized.

๐Ÿ”. ๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฉ, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง? a. There are some who think we are opening too slowly, and others who think we are opening too fast. The Health Officer and Sheriff are working together to move forward safely, while acknowledging the extraordinary costs of keeping businesses shuttered. While opening restaurants does represent an increase in risk, the Health Officer has the authority to slow or even stop the certification process if needed. In extreme situations, she could even reverse the opening process. Weโ€™re all hoping that does not become necessary.

๐Ÿ•. ๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐ž๐๐ฐ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐€๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐…๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ & ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ž๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐œ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ? ๐Ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ? a. OptumServe is the private brand of the state testing facility at Redwood Acres. An Alternative Care Site or ACS is also located at Redwood Acres in preparation for a possible medical surge beyond what hospitals can manage. There currently is no surge hospitals canโ€™t manage, and the ACS is currently vacant.

๐Ÿ–. ๐‚๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ž ๐š๐๐๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ? a. Certified retail businesses are listed as of now, and weโ€™re working to create lists of additional certified businesses by sector. If you have a question about a specific business reopening application, please call 441-5000.

๐Ÿ—. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง? a. When their sector is open and they have received their certificate.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ. ๐€๐ฌ ๐š ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž: โ€œ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ.โ€ ๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐›๐ข๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ. ๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. a. Yes. We will do that. Good suggestion.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. [๐ˆ๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐€๐ณ๐ญ๐ž๐œ ๐†๐ซ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ] ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž? ๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ? a. This is the second time the Joint Information Center has reached out publicly about possible exposures. Both instances were prompted by our need to identify and notify people who did not know they had been exposed to the virus. In all other cases, Public Health was able to trace exposures, and a broad public announcement was unnecessary.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ? a. Restaurant insurance is beyond the purview of the Joint Information Center.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘. ๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง? a. Malls have not yet been cleared to open by the state, but Bayshore Mall has submitted a reopening application and will likely be ready to go when the sector is open.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ˆ๐‡๐’๐’ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ? [๐๐๐„] a. The IHSS Public Authority is working with care providers, recipients and the union to set up a distribution system to care providers. Sounds like there should be a process in place within the next week. If you are asking about a specific need, please call 707-476-2100.

๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‰๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐ˆ๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ-๐ญ๐จ-๐๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฑ-๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ-๐ข๐ง-๐ฅ๐š๐ฐโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซโ€™๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐. ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ฉ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ ๐จ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž! ๐†๐ž๐ญ ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐›๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ•-๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ-๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ, ๐จ๐ซ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ@๐œ๐จ.๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ญ.๐œ๐š.๐ฎ๐ฌ.
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