Thursday, June 18, 2020

Humboldt's COVID-19 Cases Stand at 108

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 3:45 PM

click to enlarge Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory staff Paula Moon (left) and Alyssa McCloud catalog incoming tests. - PUBLIC HEALTH
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  • Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory staff Paula Moon (left) and Alyssa McCloud catalog incoming tests.
No new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today, according to a news release from the county’s joint information center.

The total number remains at 108, with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported. The latest results include 45 tests done by the Public Health Laboratory and 124 done at the OptumServe public testing site.

Humboldt County Public Health is urging residents who aren't experiencing symptoms to get tested free of charge at the mobile testing site at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. (People experiencing symptoms should contact a healthcare provider, officials say.) Asymptomatic individuals can make an appointment to be tested by visiting https://Lhi.care/covidtesting or calling (888) 634-1123. Tests will be administered free of charge, whether or not people have health insurance.



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.

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 here.

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 Public Health release below:


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New confirmed COVID-19 cases: 0

Total confirmed cases: 108

Total recovered cases: 101

Total deaths: 4

Total hospitalizations: 13

Transmission information for all known cases

Contact to a Known Case: 61

Travel-Acquired: 24

Community Transmission: 23

Under Investigation: 0

Number of tests run since last report

Public Health Laboratory: 45

OptumServe public testing site: 124

Total tests run to date

Public Health Laboratory: 3,889

OptumServe public testing site: 3,784

Willow Creek public testing site: 26

Public Health Laboratory testing Information

Supply capacity: Approximately 1,850 tests

Testing capacity: 70 samples per day

Turnaround time: 24 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.

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