Humboldt Still COVID Risk 'Minimal,' For Now


The latest data released today under California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” shows Humboldt County will retain its “minimal” COVID risk status for at least one more week.

That leaves this part of the North Coast a sort of COVID island surrounded by counties with moderate, substantial and widespread rankings.

Humboldt currently has an adjusted case rate of 2.0 — which the state describes as a seven-day average of daily cases with a seven-day lag time of daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people — and a positivity rate of 1.0 percent.

Overall, the state stands at a case rate of 8.4 per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 3.4 percent.

But, as local health officials have repeatedly warned in recent, an uptick in cases could propel Humboldt in the “moderate” tier, which would bring more restrictions to local businesses.

Last week showed a definite spike, with 34 cases, the largest total in a single week since September, similar to an increase being seen across the state and the nation.

In comparison, there were nine confirmed cases the previous week and 59 in all of October. This week started off with 16 new cases being reported since Friday. Today’s daily total will be released later this afternoon.

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