County Reports One New COVID-19 Case


A Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory employee processes a COVID-19 test. - PUBLIC HEALTH
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  • A Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory employee processes a COVID-19 test.
Public Health reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case today, bring the county’s total to 105.

This most recent case is one of two still under investigation. Of the others, 61 were contact to a known case, 24 were travel acquired and 18 were through community transmission. No new deaths or hospitalizations were reported.

Public Health has been urging residents who are not experiencing symptoms to sign up to get tested free of charge at a mobile testing site set up 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 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 [email protected] or at (707) 441-5000.

Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at [email protected] 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 Public Health release below:

New confirmed COVID-19 cases: 1

Total confirmed cases: 105

Total recovered cases: 91

Total deaths: 4

Total hospitalizations: 13

Transmission information for all known cases Contact to a Known Case: 61
Travel-Acquired: 24
Community Transmission: 18
Under Investigation: 2

Number of tests run since last report Public Health Laboratory: 56 Total tests run to date Public Health Laboratory: 3,487
Public Health Laboratory testing Information Supply capacity: Approximately 2,000 tests
Testing capacity: 70 samples per day
Turnaround time: 48 to 72 hours

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