Two Additional COVID Deaths Reported Today


Humboldt County Public Health announced today that it has confirmed 64 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday. It also reported two more deaths, both residents of Granada Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. One was in their 80s and the other in their 90s.

A total of 71 residents and 28 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. Ten residents have died.

Last week saw 197 cases, up from 156 cases the previous week, but lower than the record of 217 the week before that. The month's total stands at 748, more than double November's previous record setting 327 cases.

On the vaccine front, the county's Joint Information Center reports that 5,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna combined) has been allocated to Humboldt as of today.

Meanwhile, the "Northern California" region of the state — which includes Humboldt and 11 other counties — is the only one not yet under a regional stay-at-home order. The order will be triggered throughout the region when its commutative available hospital intensive care unit capacity drops below 15 percent, as has already occurred in the rest of the state.

As of this morning, the state reported the region had a combined 29.3 percent capacity. If implemented, the order will temporarily close bars, wineries, personal service salons, hair salons and barbershops, while retail stores will be limited to 20 percent capacity and restaurants will be limited to take-out and delivery only. Schools that have a waiver will be allowed to remain open to in-person instruction and critical infrastructure will remain open. The order also temporarily prohibits all non-essential travel.

In Humboldt County, healthcare workers have already said there are emergency room patients who have been waiting for days for transfers out of the area for specialized care because hospitals throughout the state don't have available beds.

Today's Humboldt County cases were confirmed after 325 samples were processed.

The county's steady escalation of cases keeps Humboldt solidly in the state's purple "widespread" risk tier, along with nearly all of California's 58 counties, which had already brought new layers of restrictions on local businesses.

The state of California largely depends on two metrics to determine where a county falls in its tier system: the percentage of COVID-19 tests administered that come back positive over a seven-day period and the average number of new positive cases confirmed per 100,000 in population daily over the course of a week. Both have spiked dramatically in recent weeks.

While the state has a case rate of 80.7 daily cases confirmed per 100,000 residents (up from 63.9) with a test positivity rate of 13.3 percent (up from 11.3) as of last Tuesday, Humboldt has a case rate 18.5 cases per 100,000 (up from 16.1) and a 4.9 percent positivity rate, also an increase.

As is, Humboldt County's purple status has forced restaurants, movie theaters and places of worship to cease all indoor operations, while also imposing the governor's nighttime stay-at-home order, which requires residents to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. save for essential outings, such as going to work.

To date, 1,647 Humboldt County residents have been confirmed to have the virus, with 66 having been hospitalized at some point in their care and 20 confirmed COVID-related fatalities. Seven Humboldt County residents are currently hospitalized, according to the county's dashboard, including one under intensive care.

Meanwhile, the county's Joint Information Center is urging locals to get tested, calling it "one of the most helpful things county residents can do for the community at large," because it allows Public Health to catch cases early and limit spread. The state-run OptumServe testing site at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka is open seven days a week and no-cost appointments can be made by clicking here or calling (888) 634-1123.

The Humboldt County Data Dashboard includes 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 the county. 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 protected] or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at [email protected] 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. Find the press release from Public Health copied below.
Two Humboldt County residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, and 64 new cases have been confirmed since Saturday’s report. A total of 1,648 residents of the county have tested positive for the virus. One of the individuals who died was in their 80s and the other in their 90s. Both were residents of Granada Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Eureka.

A total of 71 residents and 28 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. Ten residents have died. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman said Public Health extends its sympathies to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones to the virus.

As of today, Humboldt County has been allocated 5,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna combined). Public Health is currently working in partnership with Humboldt County’s health care community to provide vaccine to health care workers in Phase 1A-tier 1, according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine guidelines. To learn more about who will receive the vaccine during Phase 1A of vaccine distribution, go to:

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit or Local information is available at or during business hours by contacting [email protected] or calling 707-441-5000.

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