Thursday, November 5, 2020

Humboldt Closing In On 600 COVID Cases

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 3:17 PM

Humboldt County Public Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases today, which makes 28 since Friday. Last week saw a total of nine cases.

With the recent spike, County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich urged residents to get tested as soon as possible if they are showing symptoms as well be tested regularly without symptoms.

“To be effective in controlling spread of COVID, early detection is best,” she said in a news release. “Get tested as soon as possible when you realize you are ill by contacting your health care provider.”

Those without a provider can call the county's Joint Information Center at 441-5000 for assistance.

Today's cases were confirmed after laboratories processed 270 samples. To date, Humboldt County has seen 599 cases, 37 people hospitalized at some point in their COVID-19 care and 10 COVID-related deaths.

California Department of Public Health data released this week under the state's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" risk-ranking system has Humboldt marking its fourth week in the minimal tier, with a positivity rate of 0.7 percent and an adjusted case rate of 1.1 per 100,000 residents.

Meanwhile, the state has an overall test positivity rate of 3.3 and case rate of 7.7 per 100,000 in population.

Right now, under the lower risk category, most indoor businesses — including bars — can reopen but the county can put further restrictions in place, according to the state. Read more about what it means here.

The Humboldt County Data Dashboard was recently updated to include hospitalization rates by age group, death rates by age group and case totals by ZIP code, the latter of which are reported in "a range of 0 to 5 for case count until the area surpasses 5 total cases," according to a county news release.

After that threshold has been reached in a ZIP code, the exact number will be included.

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 or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at 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

Read the county release below:
A total of 599 county residents have tested positive for COVID-19, after seven cases were reported today.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich encouraged residents to get tested as soon as possible if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. “To be effective in controlling spread of COVID, early detection is best,” she said. “Get tested as soon as possible when you realize you are ill by contacting your health care provider.”

For those who do not have a health care provider, please contact the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000 for assistance.

“Testing early when ill and getting routine testing when you are not ill can help to detect COVID-19 early, which helps to protect everyone in our community,” Dr. Frankovich added.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include cough, fever, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea and/or loss of taste or smell. For a full list of symptoms, go to

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit or Local information is available at or during business hours by contacting or calling 707-441-5000.
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