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.
Mar. 22, 2021 - One Death, 14 New Cases; Physical Distancing Remains 6 Feet in Most Situations
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A Humboldt County resident has died with COVID-19, and 14 additional cases have been reported since the most recent report Friday. A total of 3,433 county residents have tested positive for the virus.
The person who died was in their 50s. This marks the county’s 36th death related to COVID-19. Humboldt County Public Health and Emergency Operations Center staff extend their condolences to the person’s friends and loved ones.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health recently updated guidance for physical distancing in schools, now recommending at least 3 feet of distance between students when facial coverings are worn at all times. Distancing between students and teachers or other staff remains at least 6 feet.
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman said the updated recommendations are based on the latest data about COVID-19 transmission specific to school settings but do not apply to safety measures in the community more broadly.
“We have both national and international data that indicates cases that occur in schools are often transmitted from adults to kids rather than between young people,” Dr. Hoffman said, again emphasizing that these recommendations affect classroom settings only. “This narrowly applied guidance is encouraging as we get children back into the classroom, but we need to double down on the established measures elsewhere in our community to keep us healthy, keep our kids in school and keep our businesses open.”
The daily and weekly datasets on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard have been updated. Some highlights include:
The county saw a 1.8% increase in cases over the last week, down from 1.9% the previous week and 3.1% the week before that.
The confirmed case rate is 2,515 per 100,000 residents. The state and national rates are more than three times higher at 8,973 and 9,041 respectively.
The 20-29 age group represents the highest number of local cases with 803, followed by the 30-39 age group with 658 cases.