Thursday, May 28, 2020

Third Humboldt County Resident Dies of COVID-19

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 5:04 PM

click to enlarge Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory staffer Alyssa McCloud catalogs incoming samples for testing. - PUBLIC HEALTH
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Another Humboldt County resident has died of COVID-19, according to Public Health.

Public Health sent out a press release this afternoon announcing the death, the county's third to date, all of them residents at Alder Bay Assisted Living, which has seen a total of seven staff members and seven residents test positive for the virus.

The release states the individual was "very elderly" and previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said, “Our thoughts are with the resident’s loved ones.”

The county also announced today that laboratory testing confirmed no new cases of the virus a day after four additional cases were confirmed, bringing the county's total to 98.

Yesterday's four new cases, all of which were acquired through contact with another known case, continued a spike that had seen 44 new cases confirmed since May 9.

Today's results came after the county Public Health Laboratory processed 31 samples and corporate labs reported results from another 21, for a total of 52. To date, 5,922 local residents have been tested for the virus, according to Public Health, about 4.3 percent of the population. Roughly one in 60 local tests have come back positive.

Nationally, as of yesterday, about 4.6 percent of the population has been tested, with roughly one in nine tests coming back positive for a total of 1.7 million confirmed cases, including 99,031 fatalities. Statewide, as of yesterday, 4.3 percent of the population has been tested, with roughly one in every 17.5 cases returning positive for a total of 96,733 confirmed cases, including 3,814 deaths.


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.

For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here

Read the full press release here:

May 28, 2020 - Third COVID-Related Death Reported, No New Cases Confirmed Today
707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm ; Saturday 10am to 5pm Opens in new window
A third person has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Humboldt County’s total case count remains at 98, as no additional cases were confirmed today.

The individual who died was a very elderly resident of Alder Bay Assisted Living. This person previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said, “Our thoughts are with the resident’s loved ones.”

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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MAY28 Case Count


May 28, 2020
707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm ; Saturday 10am to 5pm
Total new positive cases confirmed on May 28: 0

Daily COVID-19 case report for May 28

Total number of confirmed cases: 98
Total number of recovered cases: 72
Total number of hospitalizations: 13
Total number of deaths: 3
Transmission information for all known cases

Contact to a Known Case: 57
Travel-Acquired: 24
Community Transmission: 17
Under Investigation: 0
Total number of people tested by Public Health Laboratory: 2,897

Total number of people tested by all other sources: 3,025
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and commercial labs)

The Public Health Laboratory currently has a capacity of approximately 1,900 tests and can process about 65 samples a day with an approximate turnaround time of 48 to 72 hours.

For the most recent information about COVID-19, visit CDC.gov or CDPH.ca.gov. For local information, visit humboldtgov.org, call 707-441-5000 or email covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us.

What do these numbers mean?

Total new confirmed cases—the number of test-confirmed positive cases since the previous report.
Total number of confirmed cases—the number of test-confirmed positive cases since the pandemic began, including people who have recovered from the illness.
Total number of hospitalizations—total number of people with confirmed cases of COVID who have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, including people who have been released.
Total number recovered—the number of confirmed cases who are no longer in isolation, meaning they have met Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for release, including absence of fever for at least three days without use of fever-reducing medicine, improvement in symptoms and have had seven days or more since onset of symptoms.
Total number of people tested by Public Health Laboratory—number of people whose sample was tested by the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory.
Total number of people tested by all other sources—total number of tests performed by the CDC, the CDPH, LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics. Non-local labs have a slower turnaround time than our local lab.
Public Health Laboratory test capacity—the approximate number of testing kits that are complete and ready to be administered. This number is decreased by testing and increased as additional supplies are acquired.
Public Health Laboratory turnaround time—the estimated amount of time it takes per testing run. Each run can include up to 20 samples; multiple batches can be run each day.
Transmission data
travel-acquired—nationally, internationally or regionally
contact to known case—an individual found to have been in direct contact with someone who tested positive for the virus
community transmission—spread without travel or known contact to any other confirmed case
under investigation—confirmed case whose means of transmission has not yet been determined.
Regional data—the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 per region. The three reporting regions of Humboldt County are:
Northern Humboldt— extends south from Humboldt’s County’s border with Del Norte County (North) to Highway 299 (South).
Greater Humboldt Bay Area—extends south from Highway 299 (North) to Highway 36 (South).
Southern Humboldt—extends south from Highway 36 (North) to Humboldt County’s southern border with Mendocino County.
Gender—the gender of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Total cases, shown by percentage.
Mean age—the average age of all the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Average age is calculated by adding all the ages of individuals together and dividing by the number of cases.
Age Range—the number of total individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 grouped by age.
Test rates and confirmed case rates relative to the State of California—the number of tests performed per 100,000 people. Numbers of tests performed are provided by the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory, LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, CDPH and the CDC. Population estimates are based on data from the United States Census Bureau. Rates per 100,000 are calculated by dividing the total number of tests performed by the population of the jurisdiction and multiplying the result by 100,000.
Confirmed case rates relative to the State of California—the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. Test results are provided by the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory, LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, CDPH and the CDC. Population estimates are based on data from the United States Census Bureau. Rates per 100,000 are calculated by dividing the total number of confirmed cases by the population of the jurisdiction and multiplying the result by 100,000.
Notes on patient and demographic data

To protect the identity of people with COVID-19, their specific location of residence will not be disclosed. The Humboldt County Public Health Branch is legally responsible for protecting personal health information, including residence address, specific age, recent travel, the identities and locations of any contacts, the provider of medical treatment, the course of illness and any other information that might identify an individual with or exposed to the virus unless it serves the interests of public health to do so.

Although we understand it is of interest to residents, providing location and other demographic information to the general public does nothing to slow the spread of illness. Humboldt County is experiencing untraceable person-to-person transmission, also known as “community spread,” and there is no place that can be considered safe. To reduce your chances of acquiring or spreading COVID-19, avoid travel, wash your hands, keep yourself and your environment clean, follow the shelter-in-place order, and do not leave home for any reason unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.

The following case information is provided daily Monday through Saturday:

New positive cases
Total positive cases to date
Total hospitalizations to date
Total Public Health Lab tests to date
Total commercial lab tests to date
Public Health Lab test capacity, total and daily, and estimated turnaround time
Transmission data
travel-acquired
contact to known case
community transmission
under investigation
Additional information is updated each Friday:

Regional data
Gender
Mean age
Age range
Test rates and positive test rates relative to the State of California.

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