Friday, May 29, 2020

Salvation Army to Host Drive-Thru Food Box Distribution

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 8:01 PM

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The Salvation Army of Eureka is hosting a drive-thru food box distribution at its Tydd Street location from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday to help those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A news release states 400 boxes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and individuals are asked to bring identification. The idea of the drive-thru is to help “ensure the safety of clients, employees and volunteers amid the pandemic,” according to the Salvation Army.

“The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human need without discrimination,” the release states. “When this crisis began, the nonprofit stepped up its services to help those most vulnerable. Providing food has been a main part of that response.”

The Salvation Army of Eureka is located at 2123 Tydd St. For more information, click here or call 442-6475.
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Sign of the Times: McKinleyville High Seniors Receive a Special Delivery, LoCO Reports

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 7:31 PM

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The Lost Coast Outpost reports that faculty and staff at McKinleyville High School trekked from Orick to Eureka today to place homemade signs on the lawns of graduating seniors, who along with others across the county and the nation are missing out on the traditional rites of passage at this major milestone.

According to the story, about 30 people were involved with organizing, creating and transporting the special deliveries. Other communities, including Fortuna and Southern Humboldt, have embarked on similar efforts to celebrate the class of 2020. Read the full story here.
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Humboldt COVID-19 Cases Now Total 99

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 5:14 PM

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  • A Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory employee processes a COVID-19 test.
Another Humboldt County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 99. according to today’s report from Public Health.

Three Humboldt County residents have died of the highly contagious virus, including one death reported yesterday. All were residents of Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility in Eureka. Read this week’s stories here and here.

There were no confirmed cases yesterday and four on Wednesday, all of which were acquired through contact with another known case, continuing a spike that had seen 45 new cases confirmed since May 9.

According to Public Health, about 4.4 percent of Humboldt County's population has been tested to date.

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 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.

Read the Public Health report below:
One new case of COVID-19 was confirmed today, bringing to 99 the total number of Humboldt County residents who have tested positive for the virus.

The following information is based on the most recent data available for all confirmed cases:
Contact to a Known Case: 58
Travel-Acquired: 24
Community Transmission: 17
Under Investigation: 0
Positive cases by region:
Northern Humboldt: 18
Greater Humboldt Bay Area: 77
Southern Humboldt: 4
Males: 41% Females: 59%
Mean age: 47
Age Range
0-19: 8
20-29: 13
30-39: 19
40-49: 17
50-59: 11
60-69: 21
70-79: 3
80+: 7
Estimated testing rates: Humboldt County: 4,424 per 100,000 residents California: 4,483 per 100,000 residents United States: 4,749 per 100,000 residents
Estimated rate of confirmed cases: Humboldt County: 73 per 100,000 residents California: 261 per 100,000 residents United States: 527 per 100,000 residents
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Lotter Receives $129K to Part Ways with Eureka

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 4:53 PM

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A separation agreement between the city of Eureka and former City Manager Dean Lotter sees him receiving just more than $129,000 to part ways, including a lump sum severance, accrued vacation time and the equivalent of his salary for three pay periods. 


The agreement, which serves as Lotter’s resignation, states that both parties have determined that “they are not effective as a team as they mutually had expected, hoped and demanded of themselves to serve the city’s residents.”

It also states that “Lotter has decided that he would like to pursue other professional opportunities.”

The Midwest native was selected for the post after a months-long nationwide search that saw the Lotter compete with 40 other candidates. His resignation after a scant four months on the job shook up the city’s leadership structure just as Eureka is preparing to tackle difficult budget decisions amid the COVID-19-related economic downturn.

City Attorney Robert Black told councilmembers when they accepted Lotter’s resignation on May 19 that “the separation is a clean one in that both sides are allowed to go their own way and put this situation behind us.”

The council is scheduled to discuss the city manager position on June 2.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct that Lotter will receive the equivalent of three pay periods, or $21,250, as part of the $129,000 separation agreement.


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Eureka Council to Consider Putting Ranked Choice Voting on November Ballot

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 3:44 PM

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The Eureka City Council will consider on June 2 placing a measure on the November ballot asking voters to amend the city charter to allow for what is known as ranked choice voting for the mayor and council seats.

The council has been discussing the issue for several months and May 19 directed staff to prepare the resolution for consideration.

Ranked choice voting, as its name suggests, differs from traditional methods by allowing voters to rank their choices in order of preference, in essence creating an instant run-off.

According to the proposed resolution, the measure would need a simple majority to pass.

Under Eureka’s current election system, the individual who receives the most votes wins, regardless of how many candidates or how close the tally, as opposed to the county’s version, in which a run-off is triggered if one candidate does not carry a majority.

This is not the first time the idea has been tossed around in Eureka. As far back as 2005, ranked choice was floated by community groups but never gained traction and, in some case, was met with backlash.

An attachment to the May 19 council agenda packet explains ranked choice voting like this: “Functionally, when electing a single candidate using RCV — as in a race for mayor or ward representative with more than two candidates — all first choices are initially tallied. If any candidate receives a majority of the first choices, that candidate is elected. If no candidate receives a majority, the “instant run-off” process is triggered. The candidate receiving the fewest first choices is eliminated, and the voters for that eliminated candidate now have their second choices counted. The ballots are again tallied and the process continues until one candidate wins a majority. This explains why RCV is sometimes referred to as an instant run-off. "

Find more background information here and the current agenda here.
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UPDATE: Rescue Swimmers, Helicopter, Boats Continue Search for Fallen Hiker

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 12:59 PM

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The search continues for hiker who fell into the water in the College Cove area near Trinidad on Thursday afternoon.

According to news release, search teams from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, California State Parks, United States Coast Guard and CAL FIRE are using multiple boats, multiple trained rescue swimmers and a Coast Guard helicopter to actively search for the 22 year old from Victorville.
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The search began yesterday afternoon when a person with the man called to report he had fallen.
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Read the full HCSO release below: 
A search and rescue is underway in the Trinidad area for a missing Victorville man.

On May 28, 2020, at about 2:30 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Elk Head area, north of College Cove, for the report that a 22-year-old male had fallen into the ocean.

Search efforts began immediately for the man and continue today, May 29, with search teams from the Sheriff’s Office, California State Parks, United States Coast Guard and CAL FIRE. Teams are utilizing multiple boats, multiple trained rescue swimmers and a Coast Guard helicopter to actively search for the man.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.
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NWS Issues Flash Flood Watch as Storms Approach

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 12:36 PM

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A wallop of wild weather is expected to hit the North Coast overnight, with some areas under a flash flood watch from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and the potential of some severe hail and gusty winds bear down on the region.

According to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service, “unseasonably heavy rain” is forecast for much of Humboldt and neighboring counties starting tonight and lasting into Saturday.

“Storms may become numerous and train across the same locations for several hours resulting in heavy rainfall rates,” a NWS post states. “Hail will be possible with the strongest storms. In addition, flashy creeks and streams may flow across roadways. Motorists are urged to drive cautiously in areas of heavy rain, and avoid driving across roadways covered by fast flowing water.”

The National Weather Service in Eureka has issued a flash flood watch for the northeastern and northwestern interior of Mendocino, interior areas of Southern Humboldt and southwestern Humboldt.

According to NWS, local rainfall rates of a half inch per hour are possible.
For more information, visit the Eureka office’s website here.
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Third Humboldt County Resident Dies of COVID-19

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 5:04 PM

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Another Humboldt County resident has died of COVID-19, according to Public Health.

Public Health sent out a press release this afternoon announcing the death, the county's third to date, all of them residents at Alder Bay Assisted Living, which has seen a total of seven staff members and seven residents test positive for the virus.

The release states the individual was "very elderly" and previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said, “Our thoughts are with the resident’s loved ones.”

The county also announced today that laboratory testing confirmed no new cases of the virus a day after four additional cases were confirmed, bringing the county's total to 98.

Yesterday's four new cases, all of which were acquired through contact with another known case, continued a spike that had seen 44 new cases confirmed since May 9.

Today's results came after the county Public Health Laboratory processed 31 samples and corporate labs reported results from another 21, for a total of 52. To date, 5,922 local residents have been tested for the virus, according to Public Health, about 4.3 percent of the population. Roughly one in 60 local tests have come back positive.

Nationally, as of yesterday, about 4.6 percent of the population has been tested, with roughly one in nine tests coming back positive for a total of 1.7 million confirmed cases, including 99,031 fatalities. Statewide, as of yesterday, 4.3 percent of the population has been tested, with roughly one in every 17.5 cases returning positive for a total of 96,733 confirmed cases, including 3,814 deaths.


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Eureka Offers Free Café Permits

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 4:19 PM

In support of restaurants offering dine-in service with the state and OSHA requirements for social distancing, the city of Eureka is offering free permits for café tables and chairs on sidewalks. Patio and indoor seating are allowed starting Friday, May 29 for those businesses with safety plans already approved by the Office of Emergency Services.

Read the full press release below:

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Police Incident Blocked Traffic on 7th, One Detained

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 3:33 PM

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A subject has exited the house and been searched and detained.

PREVIOUSLY:
A reportedly armed man who had refused to leave a 7th Street apartment has exited the building and is being detained.

Just before 3 p.m., a woman reported being choked in an apartment building on the 1300 block of 7th Street and said that her assailant, a man, had an assault rifle, according to information a dispatcher relayed to Eureka Police officers over the scanner.

The woman left the apartment and was being assisted by law enforcement. The man called emergency dispatch from the apartment and said he did not have a rifle, the dispatcher told officers. He offered to show pictures of the woman choking herself through the window but will not exit unless officers have a warrant.

Law enforcement is on the scene and the incident caused traffic to be blocked on 7th Street. 


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