Press release from the Joint Information Center:

Two additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today, bringing the total to 14 local cases since the outbreak began. Cases 11 through 14 are currently under investigation, with additional information expected next week.

Case number five, confirmed on March 24, has been found to be a contact of another case and is therefore not an example of community spread.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said ongoing investigations are extensive and time consuming, involving numerous individuals. “These results have implications,” she said, “and we want to get them right.”

A shelter-in-place order remains in effect in the county through April 9. For current information about COVID-19, visit or Local information is available at or during business hours by emailing or calling 707-441-5000.


Today’s testing statistics from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center:

Total positive cases confirmed on March 27: 2

  • Total number of positive cases: 14
  • Total number of active cases: 13
  • Total number of hospitalizations: 1
  • Total number of people tested by Public Health Laboratory: 243
  • Total number of people tested by all other sources: 165 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and commercial labs)

After receiving additional supplies, the Public Health Laboratory currently has a capacity of approximately 600 tests and can process about 40 samples a day with an approximate turnaround time of 48 hours.