Public Health reported one new confirmed COVID-19 cases today, bringing the county's total to 528.
The county's overall alert level is now at one or the "new normal" risk level green, which is defined as cases being somewhat sporadic with contact tracing being a way to control the virus' spread along with enhanced everyday precautions. Visit humboldtgov.org/dashboard
to view the county’s Alert Level Assessment tool.
Under the state's four-tier system, Humboldt's risk rate was upgraded to "minimal" this week, mainly due to the county being the only one in California to met a new "equity metric."
However, health officials cautioned this week that a rise in case counts could easily tip the county back into a more restrictive level.
Humboldt currently has a test positivity rate of 1.5 percent and 2 cases per 100,000 individuals, according to data released Tuesday. The statewide level is 7.1 cases per 100,000 and a test positivity rate of 3.2 percent.
Under the lower risk category, most indoor businesses can reopen but the county can put further restrictions in place, according to the state. Only six other counties in California are in the minimal tier. Read more about what it means here
To date, Humboldt County has seen 32 hospitalizations and eight deaths. Today's results include the processing of 229 samples.
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.