To date, Humboldt County has seen 605 cases, 37 people hospitalized at some point in their COVID-19 care and 10 COVID-related deaths. A state
indicates two local residents are currently hospitalized with the disease.
California Department of Public Health data released this week under the state's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" risk-ranking system has Humboldt marking its fourth week in the minimal tier, with a positivity rate of 0.7 percent and an adjusted case rate of 1.1 per 100,000 residents.
Meanwhile, the state has an overall test positivity rate of 3.3 and case rate of 7.7 per 100,000 in population. Nationwide, an average of 28.4 new cases have been reported daily per 100,000 in population over the last week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control
, 9.6 million people have tested positive for the virus, with 234,264 COVID-related deaths, including 117,988 new cases confirmed and 1,135 deaths reported yesterday. Statewide, 944,576 cases have been confirmed — including 4,566 yesterday — with 17,815 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health
Right now, under the lower risk category, most indoor businesses — including bars — can reopen but the county can put further restrictions in place, according to the state. Read more about what it means here
The Humboldt County Data Dashboard
was recently updated to include hospitalization rates by age group, death rates by age group and case totals by ZIP code, the latter of which are reported in "a range of 0 to 5 for case count until the area surpasses 5 total cases," according to a county news release.
After that threshold has been reached in a ZIP code, the exact number will be included.
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 release below: