Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Public Health Reports 25 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Since Friday

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 5:54 PM

Humboldt County Public Health announced this afternoon that 25 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since Friday.

The new tally brings the countywide case total to 434 and comes after 771 samples were processed with a positivity rate of 3.2 percent.

Humboldt is currently in the “moderate” category under the state's new four-tiered system, with local numbers at about 3 cases per 100,000 residents and a positivity rate of 1.1 percent, putting it between the “substantial” and “minimal” risk tiers. Statewide, meanwhile, the testing positivity rate sits at about 5.3 percent with an average of 9.1 new COVID-19 cases confirmed daily per 100,000 residents.

Nationally, the testing positivity rate sits at about 5.5 percent.
To date, Humboldt County has only seen 22 COVID-19 hospitalizations and four deaths that were all residents of the Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control reports 6.3 mullion confirmed cases with 188,688 deaths, including 737,911 cases and 13,758 deaths in California.

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.

Sept 8, 2020 - 25 New Cases Reported Since Friday
707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm Opens in new window
Twenty-five new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Friday, bringing to 434 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.

The daily, weekly and monthly datasets have been updated. Some highlights include the following:

Of the 1,723 residents tested for previous COVID infection, also known as antibody testing, 31 or 1.8 percent tested positive.
The county’s case doubling time has improved to 46 days.
The confirmed case rate stands at 320 per 100,000 county residents. The state rate is more than five times that at 1,841 cases per 100,000. The national rate is 1,914 cases per 100,000 U.S. residents.
Today’s alert level stands at two or level yellow. Visit humboldtgov.org/dashboard to view the county’s Alert Level Assessment tool.

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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Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert

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