Humboldt County Public Health confirmed four new COVID-19 cases today, making 24 this week and 135 so far this month.
The results come after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced
sweeping revisions to the state's program governing what businesses, services and organizations can open throughout the state and how they must modify operations. The new system does away with the watch list, replacing it with a four-tiered risk assessment based on a seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents and testing positivity rates, with tiers ranging from "minimal" to "widespread." Humboldt, averaging 3.6 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week with a positivity rate of 1.4 percent, according to the California Department of Public Health, is listed as "moderate."
As of this afternoon, it was unclear exactly what the state's new program would mean for local restrictions.
Public Health also announced today that it has lowered the county threat assessment from level three to two.
According to a press release, this reflects both a small decline in Humboldt County’s case rate per 100,000 and an improvement in the percentage of cases due to community transmission.
“The commitment of residents in our community to prevention measures and the dedication of our contact investigation teams have helped move us into a lower alert level which is really good news for everyone," Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in the release. "If we all continue to work together, we can help to decrease transmission and keep our friends and neighbors safer.”
Today's cases come after Public Health tested 435 samples with a positivity rate of about 1 percent.
To date, Humboldt county has seen 368 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 21 hospitalizations and four deaths. Nationally, 5.8 million cases have been confirmed with 180,165 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control
. California, meanwhile, has recorded 683,529 confirmed cases with 12,550 deaths, according to the Department of Public Health.
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
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Read the county's release below.
August 28, 2020 - Four New Cases Reported Today
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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 368, after four additional cases were reported today.
The Alert Level Assessment Tool has been lowered to level two. This reflects both a small decline in Humboldt County’s case rate per 100,000 and an improvement in the percentage of cases due to community transmission.
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said, “The commitment of residents in our community to prevention measures and the dedication of our contact investigation teams have helped move us into a lower alert level which is really good news for everyone. If we all continue to work together, we can help to decrease transmission and keep our friends and neighbors safer.”
Visit humboldtgov.org/dashboard to view the county’s Alert Level Assessment tool.
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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