Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – The receding and resurging behavior of coronavirus continues as the county’s health officer warns that restrictions may intensify again. Late last month, the county’s state-assigned COVID-19 risk status was downgraded from the purple or widespread risk category to the red or substantial risk tier. At the time, Health…
Businesses are still encouraged to offer services outdoors as much as possible, and some activities remain limited under the Red tier due to higher risk of virus transmission. Live theatrical and musical performances, for example, are not allowed by the state. Gatherings of up to three households are allowed if everyone is wearing facial coverings and maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet.
“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.”
“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.
“While our case rate has accelerated markedly, we are sitting in the high end of the red tier locally. Now is the time for us all to work together to protect our community and slow the spread of COVID-19.”
State Reassigns Counties Due to Case Surge; Humboldt Assigned to Red Tier The State of California today moved a number of counties into more restrictive tiers in response to the fastest increase in cases and hospitalizations seen since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Humboldt County has been reassigned to the “red” or substantial tier.…