COUNTY OF DEL NORTE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
PUBLIC HEALTH BRANCH
400 L Street
Crescent City, California 95531
(707) 464-0861 Heather Snow, Director
Warren Rehwaldt, M.D., Public Health Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspected Case of COVID-19 in Del Norte County
Del Norte County Public Health and Del Norte County Office of Emergency Services are working together as the first Del Norte County resident with symptoms of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has been approved for testing by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This individual presented themselves to a local healthcare facility. Del Norte Public Health is working with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to coordinate sample delivery to one of the approved state laboratories. Contact tracing is currently underway and exposed contacts are being quarantined at home and monitored for symptoms.
At this time, the case is presumptive only until a lab test can confirm or deny a positive result.
The individual is currently being treated in a controlled environment.
The immediate risk to the public in Del Norte County is relatively low.
No further details about the patient will be shared to protect patient privacy.
Local authorities would like to remind the public of the following simple steps which can reduce or
prevent the spread of any respiratory illness, including COVID-19:
Washing hands with liquid soap and water, and rubbing for at least 20 seconds, or using an
alcohol-based sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not immediately available;
Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or
Staying home if you are sick;
Regularly cleaning surfaces touched by many people; and
Practicing social distancing measures, such as reducing your interaction with large groups or
Symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older residents and individuals with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
If you have questions or concerns please call Del Norte County Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Branch at:
Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: 707-464-0861
After Hours: 707-464-3191
The results of the suspected case of COVID-19 that the Health Department announced last week have come back and are negative. There was no evidence of coronavirus. The patient, the clinician involved, and patient contacts have been informed, and as we have learned that the story is already in our community, we wish to confirm the results today. We will be releasing an additional Public Service Announcement tomorrow about coronavirus.