Thursday, September 17, 2020

Just One New COVID-19 Case Confirmed Today

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 4:36 PM

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed just one new COVID-19 case today, making 94 so far this month and 36 this week.

The current countywide case total stands at 482 and Humboldt remains in the “moderate” category under the state's new four-tiered system, but health officials have warned that the region is on the verge of being pushed into the “substantial” risk tier, with the positivity rate over the past week at 3.6 percent.

The state's "substantial" risk tier — which includes counties averaging between 4 and seven new cases a day per 100,000 residents or test positivity rates of 5 to 8 percent — brings tighter restrictions, including further limiting indoor restaurant and gym capacities and closing some "non-essential indoor business operations," like office. If the county were to move into the "substantial risk" tier, it would then need to record numbers in the "moderate" tier for 21 consecutive days before the state would loosen the added restrictions. The state's framework, which was updated Tuesday, was looking at county level data as of Sept. 5. Since then, Humboldt County has confirmed 73 new cases, or roughly 4.4 per 100,000 residents per day.
Statewide, the testing positivity rate sits at about 4.2 percent — the national rate is 5.0 percent — with an average of 7.7 new COVID-19 cases confirmed daily per 100,000 residents.

Today's new case was confirmed after laboratories processed 186 samples with a positivity rate of 0.5 percent.

To date, Humboldt County has seen 27 COVID-19 hospitalizations and six deaths. Nationally, more than 6.6 million cases have been confirmed with 196,277 fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control, including 766,201 cases and 14,721 deaths in California.

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. 17, 2020 - One Additional Case Reported Today

707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm Opens in new window
One new case of COVID-19 was reported today, bringing to 482 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.

In related news, California Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed AB 685, which requires employers to notify employees within one business day if they were exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace. The law also requires employers to report cases directly to Humboldt County Public Health. The Humboldt County Joint Information Center will release more information about these new requirements as it becomes available.

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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