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. 8, 2021 - One Death, 48 New Cases Reported Since Friday
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A Humboldt County Resident has died with COVID-19, and 48 additional cases have been reported since Friday, bringing to 2,955 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.
The individual who died was in their 60s. This marks the county’s 32nd death related to COVID-19. Staff at Humboldt County Public Health and the Emergency Operations Center extend their condolences to the family and friends of all those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.
Vaccines Available Now for 75+; Second Dose Clinics Also Scheduled This Week
Humboldt County Public Health and local approved vaccinators are actively working to schedule vaccinations for county residents age 75 and over. Of the nearly 10,000 county residents in this age group, approximately half have already begun the vaccine series, but the other half has not yet signed up. Anyone who is 75 years old or older and has not been contacted for a vaccination appointment by their provider or Public Health should call the Humboldt County Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000.
Public Health, in collaboration with health care providers, has scheduled three second dose clinics through Sunday and expects to administer nearly 1,100 second doses to health care workers, emergency services workers, in-person educators, in-person school support staff and long-term care facility staff. This is in addition to vaccinations offered by local providers to their patients.
Places of Worship Can Resume Indoor Services at Reduced Capacity
The State of California has put in place interim capacity limits for Places of Worship in response to recent judicial rulings. Under the “Purple” or widespread tier, Places of Worship may hold indoor services at 25% capacity. The California Department of Public Health announced that it will update industry guidance for this sector soon.
For information about requirements under the “Purple” tier, go to cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Dimmer-Framework-September_2020.pdf.
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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