Humboldt County Public Health confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the countywide total to 175 and making 42 cases confirmed since July 1.
In a press release, Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich noted the risk associated with travel during a pandemic and the potential for increased spread locally. In fact, she said eight of the county's recently diagnosed cases
were determined to have been acquired through travel to an area outside of the county.
“Any travel is risky right now, not just to the traveler but to our entire community,” Frankovich said recently. “We’ve seen several clusters that started with a single person or group of people acquiring the virus through travel. Right now the safest thing to do is to postpone or cancel travel whenever possible.”
Today's results came after 126 tests were processed and on the heels of Gov. Gavin Newsom re-tightening restrictions in the state's shelter-in-place order, including the shuttering of all bars and requiring restaurants to cease indoor operations.
Nationwide, 3.4 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, including 135,991 fatalities, as cases are surging with an average of more than 60,000 new cases confirmed daily over the past week. California, meanwhile, saw a single-day record 11,126 new cases confirmed yesterday, which makes 347,635 to date, including 7,227 deaths.
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 15, 2020 - Eight New Cases Reported Today
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Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, bringing to 175 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich noted the inherent risk associated with travel during a pandemic and the potential for increased spread locally. In fact, eight recently diagnosed cases were determined to have been acquired through travel to an area outside of the county.
“Any travel is risky right now, not just to the traveler but to our entire community,” Dr. Frankovich said. “We’ve seen several clusters that started with a single person or group of people acquiring the virus through travel. Right now the safest thing to do is to postpone or cancel travel whenever possible.”
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.
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/dashboard,
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