California has a case rate of 47.7 daily cases confirmed per 100,000 residents with a test positivity rate of 10 percent in data released today, while Humboldt has a case rate of 20.9 cases per 100,000 and a 7.4 percent positivity rate.
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@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 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. For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.
Feb. 4, 2021 - 29 New Cases Reported Today
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Twenty-nine additional cases of COVID-19 were reported today. One case was reclassified from PCR+ to Antigen+, and one previously recorded case was removed due to an out-of-area lab reporting error. The total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus now stands at 2,877.
The county will receive a total of 3,975 doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week, 3,000 Moderna and 975 Pfizer, as part of its weekly allocation from the state. Humboldt County Public Health is reserving 870 doses for use at its large-scale vaccination clinics next week, while the remainder will be distributed to local approved vaccinators.
Regardless of which provider is administering the dose, vaccinations are offered by appointment only at this time and are scheduled based on the state’s prioritization schedule.
All county residents are encouraged to fill out the online interest form to be notified when vaccine is available for their tier, especially those age 75 and over. Humboldt County Public Health is using this information to connect individuals to vaccination clinics. It takes about two minutes to complete and can be found at humboldtgov.org/InterestForm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.
Local COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/vaccineinfo
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/dashboard
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