The data has not been updated today but yesterday the state reported the Northern California region had a combined 17.6 percent capacity. If implemented locally, the stay home 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 433 samples were processed with a test-positivity rate of 7.6 percent.
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 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 assessing risk factors for contracting the illness, which can be found here.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started a rumor-control webpage that can be found here.
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Jan. 13, 2021 - 33 Additional Cases Reported Today
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A total of 2,171 county residents have tested positive for COVID-19, after 33 new cases were reported today.
All Phase 1A health care workers are encouraged to fill out the Healthcare Workforce survey linked below to receive an invitation to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. That includes people who work in health care settings or long-term care facilities, home health caregivers and community health workers, including promotoras.
The form can be linked to here: forms.gle/AFys9CLHFHYg5bcC6.
“If you’re a health care worker and haven’t yet been vaccinated, register now,” said Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman. “In order for us to move onto the next priority group, we need to finish vaccinating health care workers in preparation for opening up vaccination clinics to additional groups, including older adults.”
The Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated to include “Unknown” as an additional category for transmission type, in addition to Contact to a Known Case, Travel-Acquired, Community Transmission and Under Investigation.
A person who tested positive for COVID-19 will be assigned as Unknown if the individual is:
Unable to be contacted
Not returning calls after initial contact
Unwilling to cooperate with Public Health.
Cases that met these criteria previously were assigned as Under Investigation. Dr. Hoffman said this new category will offer more clarity on the outcome of investigations.
“If you test positive, Public Health is here to offer support in keeping you and your loved ones safe. That means we need to talk to you,” Dr. Hoffman said. “Please answer the call. Our contact investigators are here to help slow the spread of the virus, and that requires all of us.”
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 email@example.com or calling 707-441-5000.
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