Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Two New Cases Brings Humboldt's COVID-19 Total to 167

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 3:52 PM

Humboldt County’s COVID-19 case total now stands at 167 after two new cases were confirmed, bringing to 34 the number of residents who have tested positive since July 1.

“While it may be tempting to think we can make exceptions and attend a celebration or get together with friends, the best way to protect each other is to avoid gathering with those who live outside of our household and to use safety precautions when we’re at work or out and about in general,” County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in a release. “Adhering to these safety measures will give our community its best chance to navigate this pandemic as successfully as possible.”

Today's results came after 104 tests were processed.

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 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 county's release below and view its case dashboard here:

Humboldt County’s COVID-19 case count rose to 167 after two additional cases were reported today.

Thirty-four county residents have tested positive since July 1. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich attributed these recent cases, in part, to family and community gatherings.

“While it may be tempting to think we can make exceptions and attend a celebration or get together with friends, the best way to protect each other is to avoid gathering with those who live outside of our household and to use safety precautions when we’re at work or out and about in general,” Dr. Frankovich said. “Adhering to these safety measures will give our community its best chance to navigate this pandemic as successfully as possible.”

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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