Thursday, July 9, 2020

Public Health Confirms Four New COVID-19 Cases

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 4:39 PM

click to enlarge A Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory employee processes a COVID-19 test. - PUBLIC HEALTH
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  • A Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory employee processes a COVID-19 test.
Humboldt County Public Health has confirmed four new COVID-19 cases, bringing the countywide total to 161.

The new cases are confirmed after a county spike that has now seen 51 cases over the past 17 days with 28 confirmed within the last week. Six additional cases were also confirmed from people who were visiting family and friends from outside of the county, however, because they don't reside here, their cases are not included in the Humboldt County case count.

Humboldt County further emphasized the need to adhere to safety measures, including maintaining social distancing and postponing or canceling non-essential travel in a recent press release.

“Each one of us can make choices to lessen the impacts of this pandemic,” Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in the release. “Each one of us can choose to wear a facial covering when we leave our household. Each one of us can choose to stay home rather than attend a celebration or gathering. Our community is resilient when we work together, and that commitment to each other has never been more important than it is now.”

To date, 16 local residents have been hospitalized with COVID-19 at some point in their care, including four people who died of the disease, all residents of Alder Bay Assisted Living.

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 or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at 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 county's release below and view its case dashboard here:

July 9, 2020 - Four New Cases Reported Today 707-441-5000 ; ; Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm Opens in new window Humboldt County’s total COVID-19 case count rose to 161 after four new cases were reported today. For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit or Local information is available at or during business hours by contacting or calling 707-441-5000.
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