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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center and the Eureka Rescue Mission Seeking Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers

Posted By on Sat, Mar 28, 2020 at 9:23 AM

The Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center for the homeless. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
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  • The Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center for the homeless.

The Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center and the Eureka Rescue Mission are seeking non-contact infrared thermometers to check clients', volunteers' and workers' temperatures for symptoms of the novel coronavirus to keep everyone in their facilities safe.


Betty Chinn said that she has 20 open beds in the shelter she’d like to fill, but in order to do so, she needs to check new clients for fever, one of the main symptoms of the virus.


“I can’t find them anywhere,” Chinn told the Journal. “I need them to help intake new clients … I am desperate.”


The thermometers are sold out at local stores and online shipments are being delayed by growing global concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, said Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson, whose department is advocating for the centers.


Chinn said she was able to find a nurse to help her take temperatures but needs an infrared thermometer (which doesn’t require being inserted into a body cavity) to check temperatures twice daily, adding that the nurse isn’t always available.


“[The thermometers] aren’t a guarantee, but it’s an extra layer of safety and caution,” Watson said.


The Eureka Police Department is asking the community if they have an extra infrared thermometer they can donate to call the main desk like at 441-4060, Watson’s direct line at 441-4095 or the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center at 407-3833. If there is no answer, email Watson at swatson@ci.eureka.ca.gov.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Eureka City Schools Changes its Meal Distribution Schedule (Spanish and Hmong Translation)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 3:06 PM

Eureka City Schools to offer meal service amid COVID-19 shutdown. - FILE
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  • Eureka City Schools to offer meal service amid COVID-19 shutdown.

Eureka City Schools will change its meal distribution schedule on March 30 to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


When Humboldt County schools began shutting down due to growing concerns of COVID-19, schools started distributing meals to children under 18 years old.


Eureka City Schools announced in a press release that it will be providing two days' worth of food on Mondays and Wednesdays for breakfast and lunch, with Friday's distributions just including meals for that day. Parents and caregivers can pick up meals at Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant and Washington Elementary school.


The bus meal delivery service will also change to a Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule but bus routes will begin an hour later than the current schedule. For example, the first stop of the day will be at approximately 8 a.m.


Please visit the Eureka City Schools website or Facebook page for more information on meal distribution.

See the full press release in English, Spanish and Hmong below:

Beginning Monday, March 30th, we will change our schedule for picking up meals at school sites, as well as the routes and times when we will be delivering meals via buses.

We will continue to distribute breakfast and lunch meals at Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant, and Washington Elementary schools, as well as at Eureka High School. Rather than providing this service each weekday, we will begin providing on-site meal pick-up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Two days’ worth of meals will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pick-up times will remain 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The bus meal delivery service will also move to a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule. We will be providing two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and Wednesdays. However, the bus routes will begin an hour later than the current schedule, with the first stop of the day occurring at approximately 8:00 a.m. Please refer to the Eureka City Schools website for specific times. We will also provide copies of the modified bus meal delivery routes and site pick-up times along with meals that are provided tomorrow (Friday).

As a reminder, all children ages 18 years and under are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch meals. Please note children need not be present at the bus stop or school site for us to provide them meals.

As a final reminder, please be aware of unknown calls as it may be your student’s teacher attempting to reach you or your student. This message will be posted to Facebook and our website.

Saludos a las familias de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka,

A partir de este lunes 30 de marzo, cambiaremos nuestro horario para recoger las comidas en las escuelas, así como las rutas y horarios en los que entregaremos las comidas en los autobuses.

Continuaremos distribuyendo desayunos y almuerzos en nuestras cuatro escuelas primarias, Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant y Washington, así como en Eureka High School. Sin embargo, en lugar de brindar este servicio todos los días de la semana, comenzaremos a proporcionar comida en el lugar los lunes, miércoles y viernes. Se proporcionarán dos días de comidas los lunes y miércoles. Los horarios de recogida serán de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

El servicio de entrega de comidas en autobús también cambiará a un horario de lunes, miércoles y viernes. Proporcionaremos dos días de comidas los lunes y miércoles. Sin embargo, las rutas de los autobuses comenzarán una hora más tarde que el horario actual, con la primera parada del día aproximadamente a las 8:00 a.m.

Consulte el sitio web de Eureka City Schools para horarios específicos. También proporcionaremos copias de las rutas modificadas de entrega de comidas en el autobús y los horarios de recogida del sitio junto con las comidas que se proporcionan mañana, el viernes.

Como recordatorio, todos los niños de 18 años y menores son elegibles para recibir desayunos y almuerzos. Tenga en cuenta que los niños ya no necesitan estar presentes en la parada del autobús o en el sitio escolar para que podamos proporcionarles comidas.

Como recordatorio final, tenga en cuenta las llamadas desconocidas, ya que es posible que el maestro de su estudiante intente comunicarse con usted o su estudiante. Este mensaje se publicará en Facebook y en nuestro sitio web.

Nyob zoo txhua tus, Nov yog xov xwm los ntawm Eureka City Schools. Hnub Monday lub peb hlis ntuj 30th, peb yuv hloov peb cov sij hawm faib khoom noj, rau cov menyuam kawm ntawv.

Tag nrho Eureka City Schools cov tsev kawm ntawv qib K-5th thaib qib 9-12th, faib khoom noj hnub Monday, Wednesday thaib Friday thaum lub sijhawm 11sawv ntxov-1. Txhua tus menyuam tuaj nqa tau khoom noj.

Lub npav thauj tshais, hloov mus rau thaum 8 teev sawv ntxov, hnub Monday , Wednesday thiab Friday. Lub npav mus tib txoj kev, zoo li thaum cov me nyuam caij npav mus kawm ntawv.Yog koj tsis paub txoj kev thiab sij hawm, mus saib ntawm EurekaCitySchools.org.

Txuas ntxiv mus, koj tus menyuam tus xib fwb qhia ntawv, yuav hu rau koj, tham txog kev kawm ntawv hauv tsev. Ua tsaug.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D. Superintendent Eureka City Schools

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Centro del Pueblo Radio Centro Via Access Humboldt

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 5:42 PM

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En el dia 19 de Marzo del año 2020, el Centro Del Pueblo grabó el programa Radio Centro para residentes hispanos del condado de Humboldt en el estudio de Access Humboldt. El enfoque de programa fue en punto de lo que es el coronavirus, y como residentes pueden responder y cuáles recursos pueden utilizar. Pueden encontrar el video abajo.


También hay un video de consejos por Centro del Pueblo de cómo prevenir el COVID-19.

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Public Health Looking for Info on Passengers from Three Flights

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 3:35 PM

Supplies for testing of COVID-19. - DOUG OAKLEY, COURTESY OF KAISER PERMANENTE
  • Doug Oakley, courtesy of Kaiser Permanente
  • Supplies for testing of COVID-19.

Public Health is asking individuals who flew on three specific flights between March 16 and March 18 to self-isolate due to possible exposure and contact the office if they become ill with COVID-19 related symptoms, which include cough, fever and shortness of breath.

The three flights are: United Flight No. 5827 from Los Angeles to Arcata, Delta Flight No. 4124 from Seattle to Medford and United Flight No. 5555 from San Francisco to Arcata.

“Three recent flights may represent a possible exposure for COVID-19 infection, either because an individual on board has become a confirmed case or because a close contact whose test is pending was on board,” a release states.

Officials are recommending against any non-essential travel at this time and anyone who does so is asked to self-isolate for at least 14-days after returning.

“This act of quarantining is critically important during this period, as we have not yet seen clear community transmission,” the release states. “It will help to slow transmission within our community, reduce risk for our most vulnerable residents and will lessen the impact on our health care system. This tool, in addition to sheltering in place, helps everyone to remain healthy.”

Passengers on any of the three flights who are ill or become ill are asked to contact their doctor’s office or the Community Information Line at 441-5000 or by emailing covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us.

For general questions about travel and quarantine, call 441-5000.

Read the Public Health release below:



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Monday, March 23, 2020

Water Policies Amid COVID-19 Differ Across Humboldt County

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 3:59 PM

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  • Stock image by Nicole-Koehler via Wikimedia Commons
Water suppliers across the region — from local cities to community service districts — are suspending shutoffs for nonpayment in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting widespread business closures.

Local cities that provide the service, including Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, Rio Dell and Trinidad, all have postponed the practice, as have the  McKinleyville Community Services District, Garberville Sanitation District, the Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District No. 1 and Del Oro Water Company, which serves Ferndale and Benbow residents, also confirmed there will be no disruption of service for their customers.  

Blue Lake City Manager Amanda Mager wrote in an email to the Journal that the city is “very proactive at working with customers to ensure” a shutoff doesn’t happen and the council is monitoring the fluid situation daily and “will take the necessary legislative actions required to ensure the physical and economic well-being of our community.”

All of the cities and agencies are encouraging customers who can to stay current with their bills but the moratorium terms and timelines differ from one place to another.
For example, the city of Eureka is suspending all shutoffs until further notice, waiving late fees and allowing those behind in their bills to arrange for a payment plan “up to one year from the close of the Emergency Operations period," according to a Facebook post.

Meanwhile, MCSD is going to review its shutoff policy on April 10, according General Manager Gregory P. Orsini, and Rio Dell City Manager Kyle Knop said late bills will “still accrue and eventually must be paid.”

Basics of COVID-19 
The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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.

St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals have opened tents on their campuses to begin screening patients who have “significant” symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus. The general hours of operation for the tents is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. but that is subject to change.

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 www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory.

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.
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Friday, March 20, 2020

DA Warns About Price Gouging Amid COVID-19 Shelter in Place

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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  • Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming.
While no cases have been reported in Humboldt County, District Attorney Maggie Fleming issued a warning today against price gouging in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak that has the state sheltering in place.

It is illegal to raise prices on needed products, such as food, medical supplies, gasoline and building materials, by more than 10 percent in the wake of an emergency. Penalties include up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine, as well as possible civil actions.

“My perception is the people and businesses of Humboldt County are doing a great job of helping each other and making extra efforts to cooperate during these challenging times,” Fleming said in the release. “I’m pleased to report we have not received any reports of price gouging.”

Residents are asked to report any possible incidents to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office at 707-441-3014 or by email at Districtattorney@co.humboldt.ca.us.

Read the full District Attorney’s Office release below:


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Local Tribes Notify Residents to Shelter in Place

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 1:11 PM

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Local tribes are also issuing shelter-in-place orders like those in effect in Humboldt County and across the state in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has gripped the nation and the world.

The Wiyot, Hoopa Valley and Yurok tribes notified members yesterday, asking those living within their respective tribal boundaries to limit time out in the community to essential activities, like grocery shopping or medical visits, while practicing social distancing — meaning to stay at least 6-feet away from others.

Just like the Humboldt County and state orders, workers who perform essential services are exempted. That includes everyone from emergency personnel to grocery clerks. And, no curfew has been put in place.

The Wiyot Tribe release also states that the World Renewal Ceremony has been postponed to next year to protect elders, dancers and their families.

For more details, read the Wiyot Tribe and Yurok Tribe's releases and the Hoopa Valley Tribe declaration at the end of the story.

As of March 19, Humboldt County had not seen any new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a total of 61 individuals tested by public agencies — six by the Centers for Disease Control and the rest by the Public Health Lab.

(Read more about how the county is prioritizing who gets tested here.)

One person who tested positive last month after traveling to China has since been cleared and another indeterminate case was also cleared. The numbers do not reflect testing done by commercial laboratories and it is unclear when data from those labs will be publicly available.

The county is updating testing numbers and results daily Monday through Saturday and that information can be found here. California, as of 6 p.m. March 19, has a total of 1,006 positive cases and 19 deaths (including one non-California resident). As of the same time, officials also reported that 23,200
tests had been conducted statewide, with results still pending on about 11,700 of them.

What to watch for:
The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 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. St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals have opened tents on their campuses to begin screening patients who have “significant” symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus. The general hours of operation for the tents is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. but that is subject to change.

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 www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory.

For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.

Release from the Wiyot Tribe:


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Food for People Asking Community for a Helping Hand

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 2:45 PM

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Food for People announced today it is looking for a financial helping hand from the community after facing devastating damage to its main building, as well as food losses amid a higher demand for services in the wake of the coronavirus.

The nonprofit is “struggling to find solutions” after its Eureka headquarters sustained $80,000 in structural damage and $47,000 in food losses after a city sewer back up flooded the building earlier this month. Insurance, so far, has only offered to cover $30,000 or roughly 10 percent of what Food for People will incur in costs over the next few months due to the incident, according to a release.

Meanwhile, Food for People, which serves 12,000 individuals a month through a network of 17 food pantries and other services, including child and senior nutrition programs, is still seeking cold storage and warehouse space.

With businesses shutting down and many in the community facing lost wages, Food for People says more and more people are relying on its services.

“While schools have done an excellent job stepping up to ensure meals are provided to their students during school closures, families with very young children, seniors and others who are vulnerable will require more support than ever,” the release states. “The economic repercussions of social distancing are likely to have long-term effects that will make the Food Bank’s continued services critical in the coming months.”

To that end, Food for People is asking those who are able to make a financial donation by visiting at www.foodforpeople.org. For more information about how you can help, contact Carly Robbins, Development Director, at (707) 445-3166 ext. 306.

Read the full Food for People release below:


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Phone Calls, Online Payment Encouraged as Government Offices Adjust to COVID-19

Posted By , and on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Local cities, school districts, the county and state agencies are changing the way they do businesses due to the coronavirus, including closing to the public and/or curtailing direct interaction with staff.

With the COVID-19 situation constantly shifting, here is a roundup of basic information on operations across the region as they stand on March 18.

County of Humboldt:
Several county offices are closed to the general public at this time, including the board of supervisors, who are available by phone or email. Others are open but operating on a modified basis, and phone calls rather than in-person contact are encouraged. Jail visitations have been suspended. For a full list of each department's status and more details, click here.

Libraries:
All branches of Humboldt County libraries are closed for now. Borrowers might receive late notices but all fees are being waived. Read more here.

Airport:
The California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport is currently open seven days a week and, in response to COVID-19, staff has implemented additional cleaning measures in the terminal and office areas. In addition, temporary public hand-washing stations have been installed at the two primary terminal entrances. Starting in April, United Airlines is reducing its Humboldt County service schedule, with two arrivals/departures to San Francisco and one arrival/departure to Los Angeles. For more information, contact United Airlines at www.united.com or by phone at (800) 864-8331.

City of Arcata:
Access to city hall is limited and face-to-face interaction with city staff will only be available by appointment. Arcata & Mad River Transit will operate with reduced bus service until further notice. For detailed city information from bill paying to what parks remain open, visit www.cityofarcata.org.

City of Blue Lake:
Community members are being asked to use the two payment drop boxes at city hall for water and wastewater payments. Blue Lake has implemented “one person at the counter” and “stay behind the blue line” rules for those who come inside. The city will also be working to implement an online payment system, along with the ability to email out water bills to those who request it. For more information, visit the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bluelakeca.

City of Eureka:
The city is encouraging residents to contact staff via phone or its website, but some departments are taking conducting business in person by appointment. For more information visit www.ci.eureka.ca.gov and click on the COVID-19 information link.

City of Ferndale:
Residents are encouraged to mail in any invoices to city hall but those seeking to meet with staff or make a payment in person need to make an appointment by calling 786-4224. For more information visit www.ci.ferndale.ca.us/city-hall-operations.

City of Fortuna:
City hall is closed to the general public, except by appointment or by calling 725-7600. Payments to the city can be made via www.municipalonlinepayments.com/fortunaca or over the phone. For more information, view the city’s release at www.friendlyfortuna.com.

City of Rio Dell:
Access to city hall and the police department for normal business will be by appointment only, likely starting before the close of business on Friday. Residents are encouraged to make payments via the drop box, online or by phone. A COVID-19 specific newsletter will more information is expected to be posted online at www. cityofriodell.ca.gov on March 19 and will be sent to residents via direct mailer.

City of Trinidad:
No information was immediately but will be update when operation details become available.

Humboldt County schools:
All Humboldt County schools are now closed or implementing distance learning curriculum. Up-to-date information regarding these closures and meal availability is available at www.hcoe.org/covid-19 or by visiting individual school district websites.

DMV:
Beginning this week, the DMV is allowing some residents to postpone license and registration renewals for 60 days and is asking residents to avoid going to any office. Drivers tests have been canceled at the Eureka branch. For details, visit www.dmv.ca.gov.

State Parks:
While the campgrounds and visitor facilities at California State Parks are temporarily closed, trails, beaches and other day-use areas remain open. Camping reservation holders will be contacted via email for refunds.

For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Latest COVID-19 Testing Results: No New Positive Cases

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 3:32 PM

COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory. - COURTESY OF THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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  • COVID-19 testing in the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory.

The latest COVID-19 lab reports show no new positive cases in Humboldt County since yesterday after the results of five additional people were released.

The county is releasing new daily data at humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert Monday through Saturday.

From March 7 to March 17, the public health lab ran 28 of the 34 tests administered to Humboldt County residents, all of which came back negative. The county has seen one confirmed case to date and that person has seen been cleared. Another indeterminate case has also been cleared.

The lab currently has 195 tests remaining on hand, according to today’s release. The turn-around time for results is about 48 hours.

Public Health is not reporting out the results of tests conducted at commercial laboratories and it remains unclear how or when those would be released to the public.

For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.

Read the Public Health Lab Report below:

March 17, 2020 - Public Health Lab Report

*Numbers below do not reflect testing by commercial laboratories.

People tested before the Public Health Laboratory came online March 7:

• 6 tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or California Department of Public Health

People whose tests were run by the Public Health Laboratory: • 28 Results

Summary to date:

• 34 total patients tested
o 1 positive, cleared
o 1 inconclusive, cleared
o 32 negative

Current test capacity:

• Public Health currently has a total capacity of approximately 195 tests and can process 20 samples a day with an approximate turnaround time of 48 hours.


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