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Five New Cases Confirmed in Humboldt County

April 6, 2020

Five Humboldt County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 49 confirmed cases since the outbreak began.

Of those 49 people, 21 had contact with a known case, 15 were travelers and six contracted the virus through community transmission. The method of transmission for the remaining seven cases is under investigation.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said Public Health continues to investigate possible exposures to these confirmed cases through a process known as contact investigation. “Staff reach out directly to individuals with COVID-19 infection and identify atrisk close contacts. These contacts are then notified of exposure risk and instructed on quarantine procedures,” she said. “Contact investigation is only one of the public health tools used to slow the spread of this virus.”

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit or Local information is available at or during business hours by contacting or calling 707-441-5000. Notes on patient and demographic data

Notes on patient and demographic data To protect the identity of people with COVID-19, their specific location of residence will not be disclosed. The Humboldt County Public Health Branch is legally responsible for protecting personal health information, including residence address, specific age, recent travel, the identities and locations of any contacts, the provider of medical treatment, the course of illness and any other information that might identify an individual with or exposed to the virus unless it serves the interests of public health to do so.

Although we understand it is of interest to residents, providing location and demographic information to the general public does nothing to slow the spread of illness. Humboldt County is experiencing untraceable person-to-person transmission, also known as “community spread,” and there is no place that can be considered safe. To reduce your chances of acquiring or spreading COVID-19, avoid travel, wash your hands, keep yourself and your environment clean, follow the shelter-in-place order, and do not leave home for any reason unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.

The following case information is provided daily Monday through Saturday:

• New positive cases • Total positive cases to date

• Total hospitalizations to date

• Total Public Health Lab tests to date

• Total commercial lab tests to date

• Public Health Lab test capacity, total and daily, and estimated turnaround time

• Transmission data

o traveler-acquired

o contact to known case

o community transmission

o under investigation

Additional information will be provided each Friday:

• Regional data

o currently measured by percentage in densely populated area

o soon to be represented instead by region after minimum thresholds of positive cases per region have been reached

• Gender

• Mean age

• Test rates and positive test rates relative to the State of California.

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