Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Even as vaccine-induced optimism grows, Humboldt County’s health officer has said that “we’re not out of the woods yet” with COVID-19, which could spread and sicken people more severely if a newly-detected variant takes hold. At an April 28 news conference, Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman followed up…
Hoffman said that as vaccination progresses, planning is underway for a range of spring and summer audience events. The June 15 reopening goal is aligned with the state’s, which bases the hoped-for reopening on vaccine availability and the statewide hospitalization rate.
Hoffman warned against complacency, however. He advised people to continue to take precautions and avoid indoor gatherings as much as possible so the county can “continue to gain momentum on lower case rates in the coming weeks and months.”
“In many ways, the data doesn’t support this decision,” he said. “Our case rates are the highest they’ve ever been and our contact investigation teams are tracking more cases, not fewer.”
“Isolating from others, including people you live with, is the best way to stop the chain of transmission and keep your friends and loved ones safe.”
Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt’s COVID-19 surge peaked higher during its holiday week as a first round of vaccinations was given to hospital, long term care and emergency medical staffers. All 975 doses of the county’s initial vaccine allotment were administered between Dec. 15 and Dec. 23. According to a Dec. 22…
Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – As 2020 and civilization itself wound down amid a transformative pandemic, the City of Arcata is closely tracking economic conditions and trends, and what is shaping them. With the economy reverberating from all kinds of impacts, and adaptation a daily challenge for individuals and businesses alike, forecasting…
“Please choose to stay home this New Year’s Eve, especially if you’re sick. Find ways to celebrate that avoid crowds and gatherings, and please follow all safety measures, including wearing a mask, washing hands and keeping distance from people you don’t live with.”
“This is not a time to let down your guard,” she said. “Our entire community, including our businesses, should continue to follow COVID prevention measures. Wear a mask. Maintain distance. Wash your hands. As more people are moving around our community, these measures become even more important.”
The California Department of Public Health today reassigned Humboldt County to the “Red” or Substantial tier under the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” a surprise decision based almost exclusively on the county’s Health Equity Metric, which is intended to ensure that no population group within a county is disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.