A Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory employee processes a COVID-19 test.
Humboldt County Public Health confirms four new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county total to 133.
Today's test results come after 17 cases were confirmed last week and continue a spike that has seen 28 new local cases since June 12. To date, the county has seen 133 cases, including 15 patients who were hospitalized at some point during their treatment and four who died, all residents at Alder Bay Assisted Living in Eureka. Fourteen cases are currently active.
Last Wednesday saw nine cases confirmed
— matching the county's single day high set back in early April — as well as one
in a Humboldt County resident who had been residing in Trinity County for two weeks. Five new cases were confirmed Thursday
, followed by two more Friday. The spike comes as Humboldt County continues to re-open various aspects of the local economy, most recently announcing
that gyms, bars and movie theaters could begin opening as soon as Friday if they have safety plans in place certified by the county.
To date, 79 of Humboldt County's cases are believed to trace back to a known contact with someone confirmed to have the virus, 27 are believed to have been acquired through travel out of the area and 23 are believed to be the result of community transition, meaning the person who tested positive had no known contacts to another case and had not traveled outside the local area. The origins of four cases remain under investigation.
Nationally, 2.4 million cases have been confirmed with 124,325 deaths, including 200,461 cases in California, including 5,812 fatalities. California's numbers have been rising sharply in recent days, with 4,890 new cases confirmed Wednesday alone.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at email@example.com 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
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June 29, 2020 - Four New Cases Reported Today
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Humboldt County’s total COVID-19 case count now stands at 133, after four additional cases were reported today.
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 email@example.com or calling 707-441-5000.