Thursday, September 10, 2020

Public Health Confirms Eight New COVID-19 Cases, No New Hospitalizations

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 4:39 PM

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases today, a day after the county announced zero new cases for the first time since July 13.

Today's cases make 442 to date, including 33 announced this week and 54 so far this month. The county also reported three new hospitalizations yesterday, which Deputy Health Officer Josh Ennis said brings the current tally to 4.

Public Health also announced yesterday that at least 22 recent cases have been tied to a gathering of about 50 people in Southern Humboldt about two and a half weeks ago, taking the opportunity to warn local residents against hosting or attending social gatherings outside their households, saying such gatherings are responsible for a high percentage of local cases. Read more here.

The current countywide case total stands at 442 and  Humboldt remains 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 seen 25 COVID-19 hospitalizations and four deaths that were all residents of the Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility. Nationally, more than 6.3 million cases have been confirmed with 190,262 fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control, including 742,865 cases and 13,978 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. 10, 2020 - Eight Additional Cases Reported Today
707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm Opens in new window
A total of 442 Humboldt County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, after eight new cases were reported today.

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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