For the second day in a row, Humboldt County Public Health has confirmed four new COVID-19 cases, bringing the countywide total to 165.
Of the cases recorded to date, 103 were acquired through contact with a known case, 37 through travel and 23 through community transmission, meaning they caught the virus from an unknown source in the local community. The means of transmission in two other cases remain under investigation.
And these are just the numbers for local residents who have caught the virus and don't include tests that came back positive locally for out-of-area residents, including six earlier this week from people who had traveled into Humboldt County to visit friends and family.
The new cases come amid spike that has now seen 59 cases over the past 18 days with 21 confirmed within the last week.
To date, 16 local residents have been hospitalized with COVID-19 at some point in their care, including four people who died of the disease, all residents of Alder Bay Assisted Living.
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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Read the county's release below and view its case dashboard here
July 10, 2020 - Four Additional Cases Reported Today
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Humboldt County’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 165 after four new cases were reported today.
Of the 165 locals who have tested positive, 103 acquired the virus through contact with a known case, 37 acquired it through travel and 23 acquired the virus through community transmission. The means of transmission for two cases remain under investigation.
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.