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 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. For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.
Feb. 5, 2021 - 30 New Cases Reported Today; Hospitalizations Tick Up
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A total of 2,907 Humboldt County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, after 30 additional cases were reported today. Eleven new hospitalizations related to COVID-19 also were reported today:
Two people in their 20s
One person in their 30s
Two people in their 40s
Two people in their 50s
One person in their 60s
Three people in their 70s.
Humboldt County Public Health officials said this increase in hospitalizations is a reminder that anyone can develop symptoms of COVID-19 that require medical treatment, especially those with underlying health conditions. They went on to urge county residents to continue following safety measures to prevent infections, adding that cases and hospitalizations often follow gatherings, celebrations and events like those typically associated with this weekend’s Super Bowl.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says gathering virtually or with one’s own household is the safest way to watch the Super Bowl this year. For those who do choose to host or attend a gathering, health officials recommend the following:
Stay home if you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus.
Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth with two or more layers. Masks should be worn indoors and outdoors, except when eating or drinking.
Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, utensils and condiments. Avoid buffets and self-serve food options.
Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
Avoid direct contact—including handshakes, hugs and chest bumps—with those not from your household.
Go to cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/small-gatherings.html for more information on celebrating safely.
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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