Humboldt County Public Health confirmed three new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the countywide total to 178 and making 45 cases confirmed since July 1.
Today's results came after 116 tests were processed and on the heels of Gov. Gavin Newsom re-tightening restrictions in the state's shelter-in-place order Monday, including the shuttering of all bars and requiring restaurants to cease indoor operations.
The county also unveiled a new "overall alert level" risk assessment tool as a part of its dashboard, stating that as of today the county is at Level 2, which means "moderate risk — moderate number of cases with majority of cases from a known source. Increase efforts to limit personal exposure." The levels stretch from 1 —("New normal — cases are somewhat sporadic, and contact tracing can be used to control the virus") to Level 4 ("Very high risk — widespread outbreak that is growing with many undetected cases."). Watch Humboldt County Deputy Public Health Officer Josh Ennis explain the assessment in the video below.
Nationwide as of July 15, 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 previous week. California, meanwhile, saw a single-day record 11,126 new cases confirmed Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 347,635, 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 email@example.com or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 county's release below and view its case dashboard here:
July 16, 2020 - Three New Cases Reported Today
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Humboldt County’s total case count now stands at 178 after three additional cases of COVID-19 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.
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Editor's note: This story was updated to correct an error regarding the range of the county's overall alert level. The Journal regrets the error.