Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Man Medivacked From ATV Accident Southwest From Manila

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 4:55 PM

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  • Cal Fire’s Copter 102’s path on FlightRadar.
Just before 4 p.m., a man riding an ATV by himself on the ocean side of the Samoa Peninsula crashed and was injured, according to Fire Captain Specialist Tran Beyea of Cal Fire.

Samoa Fire and City Ambulance responded to the area but needed assistance.

“There was difficulty locating him,” Beyea told us. “Our helicopter was dispatched.”

Copter 102 flew to the area and found the injured man. A medic from the ground crews was then able to locate the man. Beyea said that the medic “determined the patient needed transport to Saint Joe’s.”

Copter 102 flew the patient and the medic to the hospital.

Read the full Arcata Fire District press release below.

Coordinated Rescue for Injured ATV Rider
(Manila, CA) – July 29, 2020 – Arcata Fire District was dispatched to ATV accident in Manila after receiving a 911 call for a single patient with significant injuries. CAL FIRE Copter 102, Samoa Fire District, and City Ambulance of Eureka were also dispatched to the incident. A Rescue Team made access to the patient using a 4x4 vehicle while Copter 102 arrived by air. Both resources coordinated patient care and setting up a secondary landing zone so a paramedic could be picked up.
Once the patient was loaded, Copter 102 lifted off and landed at the Manila Community Center to pick up the paramedic. The paramedic was briefed by firefighters then began Advanced Life Support as the helicopter lifted off and transported the patient to St. Joseph Hospital.
Battalion Chief Campbell reports, “This rescue went very smooth. The Fortuna Command Center sent everything we needed to make this rescue a success. Ground crews coordinated well with the helicopter and the patient was transported very quickly.”
Arcata Fire District would like to remind everyone to have an emergency plan when involved in outdoor recreation activities. Have a cell phone, first aid kit, emergency blanket, water, food, and make sure you tell someone where you are.
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Public Health Confirms Seven New COVID-19 Cases

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 4:40 PM

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases today, making 23 so far this week and 95 for the month, as the local spike in caseloads continues.

In a press release, the county reminded that travel in and out of Humboldt and multi-household social gatherings continue to be "significant drivers of new infections."

“Many of the places local residents are traveling to or having visitors from are experiencing much higher rates of COVID-19 infections, which makes interacting with someone who is ill with COVID more likely,” Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in a press release.

California’s State Health Officer and Frankovich have both asked residents to stay close to home and limit travel as much as possible.

“We are so lucky to have some of the most beautiful areas in the world right here in our backyard,” Frankovich said in the release. “I’d encourage everyone to take advantage of that and postpone or cancel any non-essential, out-of-area trips. And please, ask your friends and family to wait for a safer time to visit you here in Humboldt. It’s the best way to protect your family and your community.”

The spike in confirmed cases comes as Humboldt County — like much of the state — has seen increasing challenges with testing. The OptumServe testing site set up at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds through a partnership with the state has been a growing source of frustration, as a huge increase in statewide demand and supply chain issues have caused regular delays of a week or more in getting test results. These delays pose problems for contact investigators and public health officials looking to contain clusters of the virus.

Frankovich offered the Board of Supervisors a bit of good news on this front, saying the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory — which currently has a daily capacity of testing about 100 samples — was successful in getting a new piece of equipment that will allow the testing of up to 300 samples.

"That's hugely helpful," Frankovich said, explaining that while the turnaround time at corporate laboratories is currently a week or more, the public health lab can regularly turn around results in 24 to 72 hours, greatly enhancing the ability of contact investigations to limit exposures and isolate people who may have the virus before they can spread it.

The state's contract with OptumServe ends in August, and Frankovich said the county is actively looking at other possibilities, feeling a more rapid testing infrastructure is crucial to the county's ability to monitor and control the virus moving forward.

With today's cases, the county has confirmed 53 over the past 14 days, which equates to about 439 cases per 100,000 residents over that span, far eclipsing the 25 cases per 100,000 residents that is one component of which counties land on the state's watch list, which puts them under tighter restrictions. While that number is concerning, Frankovich told the board that the county is currently still well short of the positivity metric that would also have to be met to put the county on the list. While the state has set the threshold of 8 percent of a county's cases coming back positive, Humboldt County has seen a 3.8 parent positive test rate over the past two weeks.

Today's results come after 85 samples were tested. Of Humboldt's 228 confirmed cases to date, 44 remain active.


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North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District Releases Air Quality Report for the North Coast

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 2:08 PM

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The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District has released an air quality report for the North Coast as fires have been breaking out throughout the region.

According to the report, Humboldt County coastal areas are expected to continue having a “Good” air quality index with periods of “Moderate” air quality index possible during the evening. Orleans, Weitchpec, and Hoopa should see “Good” to “Moderate” conditions with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups."

The report states that "the current weather forecast of high temperatures and low humidity for the next several days will result in increased fire activity and smoke impacts to areas adjacent to the fires."

Read the full air quality report below.

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The Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative Receives $10 Million from California Public Utilities Commission

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 1:08 PM

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The California Public Utilities Commission's Advanced Services Fund has contributed $10 million into the Karuk and Yurok Tribes' Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative (KRRBI).

The KRRBI project will install modern internet infrastructure to homes that have slow internet speeds and have never been connected to the internet. The release states that the project will provide high-speed internet connection to nearly 670 tribal and non-tribal households and to 170 non-residential entities including health care facilities, public schools and tribal offices.

Read the full release and statements from the Karuk and Yurok Tribe Chairmembers below. 
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HumCo COVID: Faceshields and Masks

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 12:45 PM

The HumCo COVID Facebook page uploaded a post about facial coverings including the use of face shields. 
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"Face shields are NOT a replacement for facial coverings," the post states, adding that face shields are designed as eye protection and are meant to be used with a covering fitted over your nose and mouth.

Check out the full Facebook post below.

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Eureka Social Security Office Offering Services Online and by Phone

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 12:32 PM

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The Eureka Social Security Office would like to remind residents that although its office is closed to walk-in appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's still able to provide services online and by phone.

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College of the Redwoods to Offer Virtual Pharmacy Technician Program

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 11:54 AM

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College of the Redwoods Workforce and Community Education will offer an expanded pharmacy technician program virtually for the Fall 2020 semester.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Cal Fire Tanker 96 Crashed at Rohnerville Airport; No One Injured

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 6:54 PM

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UPDATE 6:57 p.m.: According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona, the tanker is repairable. He explained that Cal Fire airbases are located so that aircraft can respond to anywhere in the state within 20 minutes and he reassured the public, "We do have reserve aircraft available. We will always be ready to respond."

He added that the crash is "currently under investigation."

Previous: At approximately 6 p.m., Cal Fire Tanker 96 crashed at the end of the Rhonerville Airport. It “hit the ground” and “the left tire has popped,” according to personnel reporting from the scene over the scanner.

Below is a recording of about eight minutes of scanner traffic at the time. The first two minutes contain most of the information.

No one was injured and there is no fire at this time, according to emergency personnel speaking from the scene.
Tanker 96 was leaving and returning in quick round trips prior to the accident.
  • Tanker 96 was leaving and returning in quick round trips prior to the accident.
Editor's Note: This post was updated from a previous version to correct the spelling of Rohnerville. The Journal regrets the error.
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Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation Fundraiser Zootini Going Virtual

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 5:37 PM

The Red pandas have surprises in store for people on Aug. 8 during the virtual broadcast. - SEQUOIA PARK ZOO FOUNDATION.
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  • The Red pandas have surprises in store for people on Aug. 8 during the virtual broadcast.
Just like many other events, the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation's annual fundraiser Zootini will be going virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.

The foundation announced this year's virtual event will be family-friendly and can be viewed on their Youtube and Facebook page.

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Street Resurfacing Project in Arcata to Begin Aug. 11

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 5:16 PM

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The city of Arcata announced that the 2020 street resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 11.


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