Public Health Announces Another COVID-19 Related Death, Five New Confirmed Cases

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Humboldt County Public Health confirmed five new COVID-19 cases today, making 38 for the week and 59 so far this month.

The county also announced a fifth local resident has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. The person was in their 70s, according to the Joint Information Center, and died in the first week of September at an out-of-area medical facility. the person maintained a permanent residence in Humboldt County but "had not been living in the county" when they died, the press release states. It does not specify where the resident is believed to have contracted the disease.

Today's cases make 447 to date. The county also reported three new hospitalizations Wednesday, which Deputy Health Officer Josh Ennis said brings the current tally to four.

Public Health also announced Wednesday that at least 22 recent cases have been tied to a gathering of about 50 people in Southern Humboldt about two and a half weeks ago, taking the opportunity to warn local residents against hosting or attending social gatherings outside their households, saying such gatherings are responsible for a high percentage of local cases. Read more here.

The current countywide case total stands at 447 and Humboldt remains in the “moderate” category under the state's new four-tiered system, with local numbers at about 3 cases per 100,000 residents and a positivity rate of 1.1 percent, putting it between the “substantial” and “minimal” risk tiers. It should be noted, however, that those numbers are for the week ending Aug. 29, when Humboldt County confirmed 23 new cases and it has now confirmed 38 over the past seven days. The state's website says data will be reviewed weekly and tiers updated on Tuesdays, though it does not appear either was updated Sept. 8.
Statewide, the testing positivity rate sits at about 5.3 percent — slightly below the national rate of 5.5 percent — with an average of 9.1 new COVID-19 cases confirmed daily per 100,000 residents.

The five new cases reported today were confirmed after laboratories processed 246 samples, for a positivity rate of 2 percent.

To date, Humboldt County has seen 25 COVID-19 hospitalizations and four deaths that were all residents of the Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility. Nationally, more than 6.4 million cases have been confirmed with 191,353 fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control, including 746,191 cases and 14,089 deaths in California.


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 covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at hhsphb@co.humbldt.ca.us 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.
Sept. 11, 2020 - Fifth COVID-Related Death, Five New Cases Reported Today
707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm Opens in new window
A fifth Humboldt County resident has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The individual was in their 70s and passed in the first week of September at an out-of-area medical facility. Public Health was notified through the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange, known as CalREDIE, as this person maintained a permanent residence in Humboldt County but had not been living in the county at the time of death.

The total number of county residents confirmed to have contracted the virus now stands at 447, after five new cases were reported today.

Today’s alert level stands at two or level yellow. 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 covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.

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