Friday, June 26, 2020

Public Health Confirms Two New COVID-19 Cases, Making 19 this Week

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Humboldt County Public Health confirmed two new COVID-19 cases today, making a total of 19 for the week and bringing the countywide tally to 129, as well as another hospitalization.

The news comes after Wednesday saw nine cases confirmed — matching the county's single day high set back in early April — as well as one in a Humboldt County resident who had been residing in Trinity County for two weeks. Five new cases were confirmed Thursday and with today's results, two dozen have been confirmed since June 12. The spike comes as Humboldt County continues to re-open various aspects of the local economy, most recently announcing that gyms, bars and movie theaters can begin opening as soon as today if they have safety plans in place certified by the county.

Today's results came after 176 samples were tested.

To date, 74 of Humboldt County's cases are believed to trace back to a known contact with someone confirmed to have the virus, 27 are believed to have been acquired through travel out of the area and 23 are believed to be the result of community transition, meaning the person who tested positive had no known contacts to another case and had not traveled outside the local area. The origins of five cases remain under investigation. Fifteen people have been hospitalized locally with COVID-19 and four have died, all residents at Alder Bay Assisted Living.

Nationally, 2.4 million cases have been confirmed with 124,325 deaths, including 200,461 cases in California, including 5,812 fatalities. California's numbers have been rising sharply in recent days, with 4,890 new cases confirmed Wednesday alone.

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 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 [email protected] or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at [email protected] 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 today's report below.

June 26, 2020 - Two New Cases Reported Today
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Humboldt County’s COVID-19 case count rose to 129, as two additional cases were reported today.

The following information is based on the most recent data available for all confirmed cases:

Contact to a Known Case: 74
Travel-Acquired: 27
Community Transmission: 23
Under Investigation: 5
Positive cases by region:
Northern Humboldt: 22
Greater Humboldt Bay Area: 103
Southern Humboldt: 4
June 26 - County Map with Regional Data

Males: 42%
Females: 58%
Mean age: 45
Age Range
0-19: 13
20-29: 21
30-39: 26
40-49: 23
50-59: 13
60-69: 22
70-79: 4
80+: 7
Estimated testing rates per 100,000 residents:
Humboldt County: 7.87%
California: 9.25%
United States: 8.87%
Estimated rate of confirmed cases:
Humboldt County: 95 per 100,000 residents
California: 504 per 100,000 residents
United States: 742 per 100,000 residents
For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit or Local information is available at or during business hours by contacting [email protected] or calling 707-441-5000.

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Humboldt Health Alert:


June 26, 2020
707-441-5000 ; [email protected] ; Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm
New confirmed COVID-19 cases: 2

Total confirmed cases: 129
Total recovered cases: 105
Total deaths: 4
Total hospitalizations: 15
Transmission information for all known cases

Contact to a Known Case: 74
Travel-Acquired: 27
Community Transmission: 23
Under Investigation: 5
Number of tests run since last report

Public Health Laboratory: 55
OptumServe public testing site: 121
Total tests run to date

Public Health Laboratory: 4,209
OptumServe public testing site: 4,425
Willow Creek public testing site: 42
Public Health Laboratory testing Information

Supply capacity: Approximately 1,800 tests
Testing capacity: 70 samples per day
Turnaround time: 24 to 72 hours
For the most recent information about COVID-19, visit or For local information, visit, call 707-441-5000 or email [email protected].
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