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Saturday, July 4, 2020

CR Offering Frontline Workers De-escalation, Assertiveness Training

Posted By on Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM

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Many in the customer service industry and public sector jobs are bearing the brunt of resentment — and too often outright hostility — toward COVID-19 health and safety protocols meant to protect workers and the public as Humboldt County teeters on the precipice of becoming yet another California hotspot.

To help employees and business owners navigate these tempestuous waters, College of the Redwoods is offering free online classes in “awareness, de-escalation and assertiveness skills” from mid-July to Aug. 1.

(Read more about the challenges restaurants are facing in this week’s story “Restaurant Mask Drama,” in which owners and servers talk about the toll being argued with and cussed at on a daily basis is taking on them.)

To register for the classes, call CR’s Workforce and Community Education Program at 476-4500 or go to https://www.redwoods.edu/communityed/online. Space is limited.

Read the College of the Redwoods release below:

College of the Redwoods is offering free online trainings on awareness, de-escalation, and assertiveness skills for workers interacting with the public.

Trainings will be offered through CR’s Workforce and Community Education Program from the middle of July through August 1 and are being paid for by CR’s Foundation.

“We were approached by Susan Seaman, the Mayor of Eureka, about the need for de-escalation trainings and this was echoed by community leaders on the COVID Economic Resilience Committee (CERC) weekly calls, being hosted by the North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC),” said Marty Coelho, Executive Director of College Advancement and the CR Foundation.

“A large number of our businesses and organizations have a plan for all sorts of situations but we don’t plan to routinely deal with angry customers when things can get out of control. This collaborative effort between the CR’s Foundation and Community Education will provide clients with strategies for resolving those situations. It’s also another example of how CR is responding to the needs of our community,” said Keith Flamer, President of College of the Redwoods.

Susan Seaman, City of Eureka’s Mayor said, "With growing economic stress, political divisiveness, and so few answers about what to expect in the near future, people's nerves are frayed. We have heard time and again about customers taking it out on service providers. I'm so grateful that College of the Redwoods Foundation recognized that de-escalation and assertiveness training can be a valuable tool for employees to help them navigate this uncertain road."

CR’s free Awareness, De-Escalation & Assertiveness online trainings will be offered to the following industry groups: retail workers on Saturday, July 18 from 8:30 – 11 am; hospitality workers on Saturday, July 18 from 2 – 4:30 pm; grocery workers on Thursday, July 23 from 8:30 – 11 am; city/county frontline workers on Thursday, July 23 from 2 – 4:30 pm; and child care workers on Saturday, August 1 from 8:30 -11 am.

“We can train up to 25 workers for each industry group. Normally the class would cost at least $35 per person, but the CR Foundation will cover the $4,375 in fees for these classes,” said Coelho.

CR’s Workforce and Community Education Program partners with the community to contribute to the economic vitality of the region, provides workforce training to support local employers' needs, and provides lifelong learning opportunities within the Redwoods Community College District.

“The Workforce and Community Education Program is a valuable local asset. CR offers high quality trainings that can be quickly responsive to community needs, “ said Danny Kelley, Foundation board member and CR Board of Trustee’s Vice-President.

To register for CR’s free online trainings for Awareness, De-Escalation & Assertiveness, call CR’s Workforce and Community Education Program at 707-476-4500 or go to https://www.redwoods.edu/communityed/online. Space is limited.
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Faith and Fever: Humboldt County Churches Ponder Reopening

Posted By on Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 6:54 AM

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The Humboldt County Joint Information Center recently released safety guidelines for places of worship that wish to resume services. Churches are among the latest venues approved for reopening by the county, and they are encouraged but “not required” to submit reopening plans to the Emergency Operations Center. Local congregations have had diverse responses to the news, and some have embraced creative approaches to demonstrating faith during the pandemic.

Some places of worship, including the Humboldt Universal Unitarian Church and the Temple Beth El synagogue, remain closed to the public, choosing instead to broadcast services online through Zoom or Facebook Live. Others, such as the First Presbyterian Church of Eureka, plan to reopen later in the month after months of online-only services. (The announcement was made via the church’s Facebook page, which bears the logo of a facemask with a quote from Philippians 2:3, “But in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.”) In Arcata, St. Mary’s Catholic Church held its first outdoor mass June 7.

Faith services, which often involve activities considered to be high risk for disease transmission such as large indoor gatherings, group singing, and touching or kissing mutual objects (collection plates, communion cups) have been linked to rapid spread of the coronavirus. According to a case study by the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention, in March 38 percent of attendees of a rural church in Arkansas developed COVID-19 and three people died. Congregants went on to spread the disease to 26 other people in the community, contributing to the death of one additional person. Closer to home, six cases in Mendocino County were linked to a Mother’s Day service at the Assembly of God Church in Redwood Valley.

The county of Humboldt’s website encourages religious leaders to follow state guidelines for reducing virus transmission, including limiting attendance to 25 percent of capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower. Churches are also encouraged to shorten services and hold them outside whenever possible, as well as follow social distancing protocol and “consider limiting touching for religious and/or cultural purposes, such as holding hands, to members of the same household.”

On June 29 Executive Pastor Matt Lemen of Faith Center Foursquare  Church appeared in an informational video along with Samantha Karges, a spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, to discuss his flock’s adaptation to the times. Among the changes he demonstrated were grouping the congregants’ chairs together in “pods” that allowed families to sit together, 6 feet apart. The church has trained staff and volunteers to help identify symptoms, screen for fever using forehead thermometers and disinfect the sanctuary between services and is distributing self-serve communion cups that look like coffee pods.

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In the video Karges outlines other steps faith centers can take to be COVID-safe, including marking designated places where people might touch their foreheads to the floor in worship and modifying chants or songs.

Pastor Matt Messner also appears in the video to talk about the church’s decision to return to semi-traditional services saying, “We believe meeting in person meets a need that is important at this time.”

Roger Williams, pastor of Eureka Seventh Day Adventist Church, said his church’s leadership has decided to hold off on indoor services, continuing instead “drive in” worship at the church’s parking lot, during which there are announcements and a  45-minute service.

“We’re pretty strict on the time because restroom facilities are not available,” he says. “We don’t want people running stoplights on the way home.”

Williams adds that the Adventist leadership has given guidance for all the churches under its umbrella while asking pastors to follow local guidelines. The church does not plan to open the sanctuary to the congregation at this time, only allowing those directly involved in planning the service to come inside and access equipment. He said the outdoor service has been a “smooth adaptation,” but it’s also a far cry from the feeling of a normal Saturday morning ceremony.

“The idea of worship and coming together in any dynamic worship service is curtailed by social distancing and masks,” says Williams. “There’s something dynamic about fellowship. We come together, worship together. We’re social beings. Social distancing flies in the face of that.”

But Williams says the safety recommendations have allowed church members to be more creative in worship and in some ways stronger in faith.

“I’ve always been of the belief that that church never closes,” he says. “The body of the people make up the church. We’ve been able to reexamine who we are as the church as opposed to where we are in the church. Social distancing flies in the face of Christian fellowship. However, in a responsible understanding of the gospel we would not want to compromise anyone health-wise. I’m in no hurry to return to indoor worship.”

Instead, he said he's encouraging congregants to continue to attend and stay in their cars.

“They didn’t teach me this one in seminary,” he says.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Public Health Confirms Six New COVID-19 Cases on Eve of Holiday Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 10:33 AM

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Humboldt County Public Health has confirmed six new COVID-19 cases, continuing a recent spike and making 30 new cases locally over the past two weeks.

The county's Joint Information Center announced the tally this morning heading into the holiday weekend after telling media yesterday they would not be announcing test results. The six new cases bring the county's tally to 144.

The new cases put Humboldt County perilously close to crossing one of the indicators the governor's office has set that counties may need to pull back and reinstitute stronger shelter-in-place restrictions. That threshold is that counties should not record more than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period, which equates to 34 cases for Humboldt's population. But that's only one indicator, as officials will also look at other factors, including the number of unique clusters of infection, available intensive care unit beds, whether healthcare workers have been infected and availability of personal protective equipment for hospital staff. Nonetheless, it's definitely an indicator the virus is circulating in Humboldt County, and a far cry from the local stretch of just three new cases over a 14-day period in April.

Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich noted in a press release that roughly a quarter of the county's total cases have come in the past two weeks.

"This has been driven largely by residents gathering and visiting between households both locally and while traveling, as well as by illness occurring in the cannabis industry workforce,” Frankovich said. “In order to avoid having Humboldt County become yet one more COVID-19 hotspot in this state, prevention is key. It is still within our power to change the course of this pandemic.”

Entering the July Fourth holiday weekend, Frankovich said the county still has a chance to get it right and control the spread of the illness so Humboldt's limited healthcare system does not become overwhelmed.

“During a pandemic, people die not only from the disease itself but from the inability to get the care they need for COVID-19 or any other serious illness or injury,” she said. “Please do your part to make sure that your family members, friends and neighbors have access to the care they need, when they need it.”

 To date, 16 local residents have been hospitalized with COVID-19 at some point in their care, including four people who died of the disease, all residents of Alder bay Assisted Living.

Areas across the nation and in California are seeing rapid increases in not only the number of cases but hospitalizations and many are stepping back on reopenings, with the governor having recently ordered bars, beaches and dine-in restaurants closed in swaths of the state.

Nationally, 54,357 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Thursday, while another 725 deaths were recording, making 2.7 million people who have been infected in the U.S. with the disease and 128,024 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In California, 4,056 new cases were confirmed Thursday, bringing the statewide tally to 240,195, with 6,163 fatalities, according to California Department of Public Health.


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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Public Health Confirms Two New COVID-19 Cases

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 3:23 PM

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Humboldt County Public Health confirmed two new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the county total up to 138. In a press release sent from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center, Health Officer Teresa Frankovich joined state health officials and urging people to avoid gatherings and slow the spread of the virus over Fourth of July weekend.

“I think we can all agree that spending time with friends and family in-person would be great, but we’re just not there yet,” she said, citing the "increased risk of exposure" incurred when two or more households get together.

According to the press release, of the 138 residents who have tested positive, more than 60 percent contracted the virus through contact with a known case.

Public Health also confirmed another hospitalization today.

Past coverage of local COVID cases, information about symptoms of the coronavirus, resources and information about how to get easily tested, can be found here.

Read the county's release below and view its case dashboard here.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Public Health Confirms Three New COVID-19 Cases

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 4:51 PM

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Humboldt County Public Health confirmed three new COVID-19 cases today.

The news continues a recent spike that has seen 28 cases confirmed locally over the past two weeks, bringing the countywide tally to 136.

According to a news release, 84 cases were contracted through a known case, 28 via travel and 23 were from community transmission, meaning the person who tested positive had no known contacts to another case and had not traveled outside the local area. The cause of one of today's new cases remains under investigation. To date, 15 local residents have been hospitalized with COVID-19 at some point in their care, including four people who died of the disease, all residents of Alder bay Assisted Living.

Areas across the nation and in California are seeing rapid increases in not only the number of cases but hospitalizations and many are stepping back on reopenings, with the governor having ordered bars, beaches and dine-in restaurants closed in swaths of the state.

Nationally, 43,644 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today, while another 560 deaths were recording, making 2.6 million people who have been affected in the U.S. with the disease and 127,299 deaths. In California, 6,367 new cases were confirmed yesterday, bringing the statewide tally to 222,917, with 5,980 fatalities.

In a press release and in her media availability yesterday, Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich indicated she believes the local community is at a crossroads. While much media attention has been focused on businesses closing or reopening, she stressed that social gatherings — of friends, family and neighbors — pose a huge risk with the potential to quickly spread the disease and urged people not to mingle or socialize outside their households.

“We can embrace the use of all the preventive measures we have, such as use of facial coverings and social distancing; we can choose not to gather with people outside our household, even extended family members; our business owners can follow the safety plans they have developed for the benefit of their employees and their customers, or we can choose to pretend that this pandemic is not real and increase risk for our friends and neighbors," she said. "It is really that simple.”

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 and view it's case dashboard here:
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Three additional cases of COVID-19 were reported today, bringing to 136 the total number of Humboldt County residents who have tested positive for the virus.

Two of these new cases were acquired through contact with a known case. The means of transmission for the remaining case is under investigation.

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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Humboldt County Health Leaders Commended for 'Outstanding Work During These Unprecedented Times'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 4:41 PM

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In a letter addressed to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, a collection of local healthcare organizations has sung the praises of the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and the Humboldt County Emergency Preparedness & Response Team.

Made up of more than a dozen local health-related entities, the North Coast Health Leadership Team specifically gives a shout out to Health Officer Teresa Frankovich, Deputy Health Officer Josh Ennis, Sheriff William Honsal, and DHHS Public Health Director Michele Stephens, along with "all of the county employees who have been involved in COVID-19 Response."

"They have done an exceptional job at implementing new policies and infection prevention measures to help maintain the health and wellbeing of our community," the letter reads. "Our county continues to have a low number of residents with COVID-19 and we have not had our healthcare system overwhelmed. Through their ongoing dedication, commitment, and collaboration with healthcare agencies, we are confident that we as a county are better prepared to deal with whatever the future of COVID-19 may bring."

Read the full letter below.


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County Urges Cannabis Employers to Encourage Staff to Get Free COVID-19 Tests

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 4:04 PM

The Humboldt County Joint Information Center has released a handy information sheet for the cannabis industry during the COVID-19 Crisis. In it, they suggest employers encourage staff to participate in free COVID testing.

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  • Updated information on how to practice personal safety in preventing the spread of COVID for cannabis operations.

The center also notes that employees who carpool with others should “always wear a mask and keep windows open to improve vehicle ventilation to the greatest extent possible.”

Last week, anonymous sources provided us with the information that nine workers at one Southern Humboldt cannabis farm had tested positive for COVID-19.

Though Dr. Teresa Frankovich, the Humboldt County Public Health Officer, declined to confirm this, speaking generally about cannabis farms, she did offer some information to those in the industry.

She said, “We want to make sure that whether they are legal or not legal operations, that they understand we’d like to work with them. Basically if they have someone sick, we’d like to be able to help work with them to get people tested and to really just make sure everyone around them is safe.”

At this point there are only the three places listed above available regularly but try calling the COVID hotline at (707) 441-5000 and ask if there are any additional testing places coming to your area.

For more information on how cannabis employers can protect against the spread of COVID-19, see here.

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Indoor Restaurants Shut Down in 72% of California for Three Weeks

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 2:51 PM

Beaches and bars were just the beginning. California Gov. Gavin Newsom today ordered indoor portions of restaurants, entertainment centers, museums and other businesses in counties with growing coronavirus outbreaks to shut down for at least three weeks.

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  • A sign outside of the Stanford Theatre announced its temporary closure in downtown Palo Alto on March 4, 2020.
As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the indoor facilities must close in 19 “watch list” counties that are home to 72% of the state’s population.

Under the state order, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card rooms in those counties must close indoor facilities. Bars in those counties must close all operations, and many state beach parking lots also will be shut down this weekend, Newsom said.

“We have specifically targeted our operations to close indoor operations,” Newsom said during a press briefing today. “This doesn’t mean restaurants shut down.”


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

'It Is Not Safe:' Frankovich Warns Against Gatherings, Mingling Households

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 7:46 PM

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With Humboldt County Public Health having confirmed 21 new COVID-19 cases over the past week and statewide case counts increasing by the thousands day after day, county Health Officer Teresa Frankovich began her June 30 media availability not with a reporter’s question but with a warning.

“I’m guessing most people in the county have been watching what’s happening across the country and certainly the state of California,” she began. “There are certainly areas of the state that are experiencing really rapid growth, exponential growth of this virus, which is what we’ve been talking about for quite a long time now, the idea that COVID can circulate in relatively small numbers but, as we bring people out and start to mix them together, that those numbers can increase, and dramatically increase across a community.

“I think there are huge lessons to be learned here,” she continued, adding that she’s concerned people will blame the increase on the reopening of bars, which has caught a lot of public attention because of the governor’s order to shutter them again in some counties. “Bars are certainly a place of risk. There’s no question about that. But what I think is really important for people to recognize is that it is, in fact, our day-to-day behavior that is putting us at risk. It is people gathering between households. It’s those networks of friends and neighbors … after a long time of shelter in place, people want to socialize and it starts to feel safe because they look like your neighbors, they’re your friends and it feels safe.

“And I think we just need to accept that it is not safe. The more you mix with other households, the more the virus is going to circulate, and it’s going to compromise our ability to move forward. It’s going to compromise our ability to be able to operate many things we want to do. Schools are really important for us to be able to have up and running in our community — I don’t want that compromised. I want us to be able to keep businesses open but, frankly, we’re going to have to walk things back if it doesn’t change. And another big, important piece of this is masking — it is absolutely essential going forward. It is absolutely essential going forward. It protects other people. It is not meant to protect you specifically, but if everyone is wearing them, it will protect you.”

Frankovich then closed her comments by intoning that Humboldt County is at a crossroads, its collective future in each of its residents’ hands.

“I just can’t emphasize enough that this is our time of personal responsibility,” she said. “Either we accept that this virus is a problem and has the potential to make a lot of us very sick, or we ignore it at our own peril.”

Watch the full video of Frankovich's media availability below.

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Humboldt County at a COVID-19 Crossroads, County Health Officer Cautions

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 4:45 PM

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Public Health reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases today after a spike last week pushed the county’s total to 133.

According to a news release, 82 cases were contracted through a known case, 28 via travel and 23 were from community transmission, meaning the person who tested positive had no known contacts to another case and had not traveled outside the local area.

Areas across the nation and in California are seeing rapid increases in not only the number of cases but hospitalizations and many are stepping back on reopenings.

“As we watch what is happening across the state and even in our community, I think it is important for our community to recognize that we are at a crossroads,” County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said. “We can embrace the use of all the preventive measures we have, such as use of facial coverings and social distancing; we can choose not to gather with people outside our household, even extended family members; our business owners can follow the safety plans they have developed for the benefit of their employees and their customers, or we can choose to pretend that this pandemic is not real and increase risk for our friends and neighbors. It is really that simple.”

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:

No additional cases of COVID-19 were reported today. Humboldt County’s case count remains at 133.

The means of transmission has been determined for all known cases. Of the 133 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, 23 were acquired through community transmission, 28 were acquired through travel and 82 contracted the virus through contact with a known case.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich emphasized the importance of personal responsibility in containing COVID-19.

“As we watch what is happening across the state and even in our community, I think it is important for our community to recognize that we are at a crossroads,” she said. “We can embrace the use of all the preventive measures we have, such as use of facial coverings and social distancing; we can choose not to gather with people outside our household, even extended family members; our business owners can follow the safety plans they have developed for the benefit of their employees and their customers, or we can choose to pretend that this pandemic is not real and increase risk for our friends and neighbors. It is really that simple.”

“Every time you leave home without a facial covering or choose to gather households for a party or crowd into a restaurant or bar, you are making a choice that may impact your entire community,” Frankovich said. “At this time, it is more important than ever that our choices serve to make us more rather than less safe.”

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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