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.
Mar. 1, 2021 - 30 New Cases Reported Since Friday
Thirty additional cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Humboldt County since Friday. A total of 3,210 residents have tested positive for the virus.
Over the weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to a third COVID-19 vaccine, this one manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, with shipments from the federal government anticipated to begin this week. Public Health is developing plans for the local rollout of this new vaccine and will provide more information in the coming days. Read more about the Johnson & Johnson EUA at fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/janssen-covid-19-vaccine.
Humboldt County Public Health reached out to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) when Youth and Recreational Adult Sports guidance was first issued to clarify the state’s limitations on observers at practices and competitions for youth sports as well as the state’s restrictions on spectators at adult sporting events. That information will be shared as soon as CDPH clarifies the guidance.
The daily, weekly and monthly datasets have been updated on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard. Some highlights include:
The 20-29 age group remains the highest percentage of local cases at 23.2%, but the 10-19 and 40-49 age groups saw the highest weekly increase in cases with 19 and 18 respectively.
The case-doubling time has improved to 101.75 days, up from 81.75 days last Monday. This refers to the amount of time it would take for the current case count to double.
Cough, headache and diarrhea/abdominal pain/vomiting are the three most commonly reported symptoms in local cases.
Public Health officials encourage anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 but has not been exposed to someone known to have the virus to seek one of the many no-cost testing options available throughout the county. For a full list of testing options, go to humboldtgov.org/COVIDTestRegistration. Those who have been exposed to a positive case should quarantine and seek medical care if symptoms worsen.
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.
Local COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/vaccineinfo
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/dashboard
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