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. 16, 2021 - Zero Additional Cases Reported for First Time Since October
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No new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, so the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus remains at 3,025. Public Health officials said that while zero cases is always good news, today’s report follows a national holiday when the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory was closed and most commercial labs were not providing data. Health officials urged community residents to continue following all COVID-19 safety measures when around those who are not a part of one’s household.
Humboldt County remains in the “Purple” or widespread tier under the California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” with a positivity rate of 4.2% and an adjusted case rate of 9. The county met the state’s health equity metric. If the county continues to meet this metric and local virus data remain steady or improve for another week, the county would qualify for reassignment to the “Red” or substantial tier. Go to covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ to read more about the Blueprint.
Currently, preparations are underway to vaccinate food and agriculture workers who make up a part of the younger workforce, but the timing of when this group will open is based on available vaccine supply as well as the number of vaccines on the market that are approved for emergency use. Higher education is also slated to open for vaccine appointments as supply increases and earlier groups are vaccinated in larger numbers.
Younger adults — the 20-29 and 30-39 age groups — represent 1,305, or approximately 43%, of the county’s 3,025 cases. Vaccination for people in these age groups who are not a part of a qualifying workforce could be months away due to the state’s age-based prioritization, so health officials stressed the importance of seeking routine testing for COVID-19. Learn more and view a list of available testing options at humboldtgov.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3714.
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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