Dr. Frankovich expressed gratitude to colleagues and the entire community for their tireless efforts in navigating this pandemic. “I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve this community in this incredibly challenging time,” she said. “At this point, we have the knowledge and tools to help us navigate forward. It will take the effort of each and every one of us to do so. I am happy to continue serving in a new, supporting role.”
Indoor attendance at places of worship, movie theaters, restaurants, wineries and family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys is increased to 50 percent of capacity. Bars, breweries and distilleries can now operate indoors with modifications and at 50 percent of capacity. Gyms and fitness centers, including those in hotels, can also operate at 50 percent of capacity.
I believe a candidate with the leadership skills and expertise needed to continue this work, will step forward to help navigate Humboldt through the next phase of response. The plan is for me to continue to serve Humboldt County in a part-time capacity under the new Health Officer and the Deputy Health Officer, Dr. Ennis, to provide whatever assistance I can for the community going forward. Humboldt is my home.
Cases could be 5-10 times those confirmed; dread, tension mount Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – The county’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has gone beyond 300 but the actual number could be 10 times that. And the steepening climb of cases is beginning to be reflected in hospitalizations. The status of COVID-19’s…
Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – As California deals with surges of coronavirus, Humboldt County’s public health officer has warned that business openings could be reeled back if residents let their guards down and resume their pre-virus social lives. In a June 30 video release, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, the county’s health officer, talked about…
“We all understand the desire to celebrate occasions such as weddings with family and friends. However, just as high school seniors had to sacrifice traditional graduation ceremonies, these types of large gatherings simply cannot occur. We are in a pandemic and the potential for not only a large number of guests to become infected but for these individuals to then expose many more people in our community, is enormous. There is simply no way for Public Health to conduct timely contact investigations and limit disease spread when hundreds of people are exposed at one time.”
The county’s number of businesses certified to reopen is about 1,400. As state and county campgrounds wait on the reopening runway, so do hotels – and Supervisor Mike Wilson warned that virus circulation can be introduced as travel into the county increases.
May 19, 2020 – Second Death Due to COVID-19 Reported in Humboldt County A second Humboldt County resident has died after having been diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual was an elderly resident of the Alder Bay Assisted Living facility. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said her sympathies are with the resident’s family. “Our…
Easing shelter in place restrictions hinges on having “robust testing in place,” Frankovich said. “Because surveillance and rapid turnaround testing will be needed in the setting of opening up any interaction at the community level.”
Frankovich said almost 750 county residents have been tested for the disease and 28 people have tested positive for it. The positives mostly involve travel-related infections or contact with them but three of them have no apparent links to other known cases.