Friday, September 25, 2020

Humboldt Surpasses 500 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 4:35 PM

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed five new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the county's tally past 500 since the pandemic began.

In a press release, Humboldt County Deputy Health Officer Josh Ennis reminded residents that the potential for exponential virus growth remains the biggest concern.

“What we know is that COVID-19 is going to be here for quite some time, and our county’s response is really about protecting the entire community,” he said.

Yesterday, Public Health reported the county's seventh COVID-19 related death, which came after a handful of new hospitalizations reported earlier this week.

Humboldt County remains in the “moderate” category under the state's four-tiered system, with a test positivity rate of 2.5 percent and 4.3 cases per 100,000 individuals, according to numbers released this week. The statewide level is 6.4 cases per 100,000 and a test positivity rate of 3.6 percent.
However, the county’s Health Care System Capacity alert level, described as “one of three categories that indicate the county’s capacity to respond to and manage an increase in COVID-19 cases,” was downgraded to yellow this week due to an increase in recent COVID-19-related hospitalizations. But today, the county upgraded its status in the "effectiveness of disease control" category after seeing a decline in case numbers over the past week.

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.

To date, Humboldt County has seen 501 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 30 hospitalizations and seven deaths. Nationwide, 7 million cases have been confirmed with 202,329 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with 794,040 cases and 15,398 deaths in California.

Today's results include the processing of 202 samples with a positivity rate of 2.5 percent.

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. 25, 2020 - Five New Cases Reported Today Brings County Total to 501
707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm Opens in new window
Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, bringing to 501 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.

Humboldt County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Josh Ennis reminded residents that the potential for exponential virus growth remains the biggest concern. “What we know is that COVID-19 is going to be here for quite some time, and our county’s response is really about protecting the entire community,” he said.

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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