Friday, July 17, 2020

Public Health Confirms Three New COVID-19 Cases, Making 16 This Week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 2:54 PM

For the second consecutive day, Humboldt County Public Health confirmed three new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the countywide total to 181, including 16 new cases this week and 48 confirmed since July 1. Public Health also reported a new hospitalization.

Today's results came after 171 tests were processed and on the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom further tightened shelter-in-place restrictions for vast swaths of the state, ordering that schools remain shuttered in counties on the state's COVID-19 watch list until counties are off the list for 14 consecutive days. The list — which tracks infection rates and hospital capacity — does not currently include Humboldt County, though officials have warned recent case spikes have put it in jeopardy of being added.

Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in a press release that it remains important to continue to refrain from gathering with people outside of your household.

“We need to remember that gatherings continue to be high risk for transmission and are responsible for most of our cases at present,” she said.
Monday, Newsom announced one of the first major walk-back of post shutdown re-opening in the country, ordering all bars to shutter and restaurants, movie theaters, zoos, museums and wineries to cease all indoor operations.

The county unveiled a new "overall alert level" risk assessment tool as a part of its dashboard on Thursday, putting the county at "Level 2," which means "moderate risk — moderate number of cases with majority of cases from a known source. Increase efforts to limit personal exposure." The levels stretch from 1 —("New normal — cases are somewhat sporadic, and contact tracing can be used to control the virus") to Level 4 ("Very high risk — widespread outbreak that is growing with many undetected cases."). Watch Humboldt County Deputy Public Health Officer Josh Ennis explain the assessment in the video here.

Nationwide, 3.6 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, including 137,864 fatalities, as cases are surging with an average of more than 60,000 new cases confirmed daily over the past week. California, meanwhile, saw a single-day record 11,126 new cases confirmed Tuesday, and has now recorded 366,164 cases and 7,475 fatalities.

To date, 17 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:
July 17, 2020 - Three New Cases Reported Today
707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm Opens in new window
Humboldt County’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 181 after three new cases were reported today.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said it is important to continue to refrain from gathering with people outside of your household. “We need to remember that gatherings continue to be high risk for transmission and are responsible for most of our cases at present.”

Today’s alert level stands at a two. Visit humboldtgov.org/dashboard to view the county’s Alert Level Assessment tool. To learn more about alert levels, go to humboldtgov.org/alertlevels.

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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