Humboldt County remains in the moderate or "orange"
tier for another week despite a surge in local COVID-19 cases, many of which are tied to an outbreak at a Eureka church
So far this week, 68 new cases have been reported. Last week recorded 130 cases, far outpacing the previous week's 71, which was itself a doubling of the prior week. And as case counts have risen in recent weeks, so has the county's test-positivity rate and the number of hospitalizations.
The orange status, which the region fell under earlier this month, allows businesses such as restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to increase indoor operations while others — including bowling alleys and family fun centers — are able to reopen.
The state data
released today showed that Humboldt County has a test positive rate of 3.1 percent (compared to 2.3 percent last week) and a daily case rate of 5.9 per 100,000 compared to the prior week's 4.7. California, overall, reports a 1.5 percent test-positivity rate and 4.7 cases per 100,000, which are both lower than the previous week.
Meanwhile, Humboldt's daily case rate is on the cusp of the more restrict red or "substantial" risk tier while the test rate remains in the middle of orange tier's metrics.
According to the state, a county can move back in its COVID-19 risk ranking when the local "adjusted case rate and test positivity have fallen within a more restrictive tier for two consecutive weekly periods," while previously only one or the other falling into a higher tier could prompt the move.