Humboldt 'Not Far" From Losing 'Moderate' COVID Rank

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The county’s Emergency Operations Center will be folding the state’s new four-tiered business reopening outline into its process, and businesses with local certified plans can reopen as soon as today, according to a news release.

Under the state program, counties are assigned one of four tiers based on seven-day COVID case rates and positivity rates. Humboldt County is currently in the “Moderate” tier with a 1.4 percent positivity rate and 3.6 cases per 100,000 residents, the release states.

“Local businesses that have gone through the Reopening Plan process have done a good job overall of putting measures in place to help keep employees, customers and our entire community as safe as possible,” County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in the release. “This new framework has the flexibility to loosen and tighten safety requirements for businesses based on how the virus is spreading in our community, rather than simply opening and closing them.”

She cautioned, however, the Humboldt County was teetering close to having more restrictions. Public Health announced today that 20 additional cases were confirmed since Friday. Read more here.

"We’re not far from meeting the State’s conditions for the next, more restrictive tier,” she said. “That means that the choices we all make each day — like wearing a facial covering, avoiding gatherings and physical distancing are critically important in keeping our community healthy and our businesses open.”
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For more information on the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” and to find out which businesses can open and in what capacity, visit covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/. For a list of each sector’s safety measures by tier, click here.

Read the full EOC release below:


The Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center is incorporating the State’s new four-tier business reopening framework into the Reopening Plan process. Local businesses with an EOC-certified plan can reopen as soon as today with safety modifications in place.

Under the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” each county is assigned to one of four tiers based on two criteria: seven-day COVID-19 case rate (with a seven-day lag) and seven-day test positivity rate. Humboldt County is currently in Moderate Tier 3 or Orange with a 1.4 percent positivity rate and 3.6 cases per 100,000 residents. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said the State replaced the County Monitoring List with a more flexible system so businesses and organizations can better understand what safety measures are required as virus conditions change.

“Local businesses that have gone through the Reopening Plan process have done a good job overall of putting measures in place to help keep employees, customers and our entire community as safe as possible,” she said. “This new framework has the flexibility to loosen and tighten safety requirements for businesses based on how the virus is spreading in our community, rather than simply opening and closing them.” Most sectors that were closed by the Governor in July can reopen modified indoor services with safety measures in place, though the State is requiring other sectors to implement additional restrictions, such as limits on total capacity.

For example, restaurants may resume dine-in services at 50 percent capacity. Gyms and fitness centers can maintain current indoor services but are limited to 25 percent capacity.

Dr. Frankovich urged a cautious approach to reopening as some sectors, including Family Entertainment Centers and Wineries may be required to transition to outdoor services or fully close some operations if the State moves Humboldt County into a higher tier.

At present, bars are only allowed to reopen for outdoor service and would close with movement into the next tier. “

We’re not far from meeting the State’s conditions for the next, more restrictive tier,” she said. “That means that the choices we all make each day—like wearing a facial covering, avoiding gatherings and physical distancing are critically important in keeping our community healthy and our businesses open.”

Learn more about the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” and find out what sectors are open in Humboldt County at covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/. For a list of each sector’s safety measures by tier, go to cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Dimmer-Framework-August_2020.pdf. For more information about the Business Reopening Plan process and to apply, visit humboldtgov.org/COVIDReopening. Businesses or organizations with questions about Reopening Plans or about operating under this new framework should contact the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000 or covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us.

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