COVID-19 and Humboldt

Below: The Outpost’s stories on the novel coronavirus pandemic and a selection of the best resources available at the moment.

  • Restaurants: Want to know which restaurants are open? Find a list here.
  • Kids need food? The Humboldt County Office of Education maintains a list of pickup spots for free meals for children. Find it here.
  • Unemployment, Disability, Paid Family Leave: California state government has relaxed certain regulations around unemployment, disability and paid family leave programs. If you’ve been affected by the coronavirus — if you’ve been laid off, or if you or your loved ones are in quarantined — you can apply for services immediately. See this FAQ from the Employment Development Department
  • Small business owners should check in with the North Coast Small Business Development Center, which is maintaining a mailing list and a list of federal, state and local resources to assist local businesses through the crises. See the SBDC’s COVID-19 page here.
Friday, Aug. 7

At Emergency Meeting, Fortuna School Board Stands Firm on Decision to Open School Monday

County Health Officer Discusses the Risk-Benefit Analysis for Allowing Kids to Return to In-Person Instruction

Fortuna School District To Reconsider its Decision to Open For In-Person Classes at Special Meeting Tonight

Can’t Pay Your Rent or Mortgage? There’s a County Fund That Might Be Able to Cover You

Thursday, Aug. 6

(VIDEO) Dr. Frankovich on Hoopa’s COVID Case Spike, In-Person School Instruction and Restaurants With Outdoor Tent Dining

Outbreak of COVID-19 Cases in Hoopa Tied to Family That Traveled Out of County, Tribal Chairman Says

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Youth Sports Guidelines Will Soon be Available, Says County Health Officer Ahead of Today’s Media Q&A Session

With Fortuna Schools Planning to Resume In-Person Classes Next Week, Teacher’s Union Demands Distance Learning

(VIDEO) Now They Don’t Have to Go Up Your Nose So Far When You’re Getting Your Redwood Acres COVID Test. Watch!

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Hoopa Shuts Down Non-Emergency Operations With Announcement of Six Active COVID-19 Cases

Thursday, July 30

‘We Feel Like We’re Losing Control,’ Humboldt County Public Health Nurse Tells Bloomberg News

(VIDEO) Humboldt Soul Singer Has Them ‘Pandemic Blues’

Wednesday, July 29

In Today’s Media Availability, Humboldt County’s Health Officer Breaks Down the Risk of Non-Essential Travel

NoHum High School District Plans for Distance Learning, While Fortuna Votes for In-Person Classes

Tuesday, July 28

Public Health Lab Will Triple its COVID Testing Capacity With Acquisition of Boss New Gear, County Says

ROUGH ROAD: Pandemic Brings Safety, Economic Concerns for Local Bus Lines That Take Essential Workers to Work

Friday, July 24

Dr. Frankovich on Non-Mask-Wearing Bus Drivers, Large Social Gatherings and the Possibility of Humboldt County Ending Up on the State Watch List

Reports that Bars and Restaurants Can Reopen Are Just Plain Wrong, County Says

Bear River Casino Responds to News That An Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19

Thursday, July 23

(VIDEO) We Can Expect to See a Lot More COVID-19 Cases in the Fall and Winter, Deputy Public Health Officer Says

Wednesday, July 22

As Unemployment Grows and Businesses Struggle, County Looks to Launch Grant Program Using Federal CARES Act Funding

Monday, July 20

An Outbreak at Preschool: Four People From Arcata Child Care Facilities Tested Positive for COVID-19 Earlier this Month

As In-n-Out Opens, Two Eureka Restaurants Close Temporarily Due to the Pandemic

Friday, July 17

A PANDEMIC HOMECOMING: As COVID-19 Spreads Through Prisons, the State is Releasing Inmates Early With Little Planning

County Debuts ‘Alert Assessment Tool’ to Quantify Humboldt’s COVID-19 Risk

Wednesday, July 15

DR. FRANKOVICH SPEAKS: More on That New State Order, The Prospect of School This Fall and Much More Tackled In Today’s Media Question Time

Tuesday, July 14

Want to Move Your Business Outside? If You’re in the County’s Unincorporated Area, Here’s How to Do That

TODAY in SUPES: Trying to Balance Business Woes With Health Concerns, Officials Agree to Delay Enforcement of State’s Re-Closure Order

County Says Affected Businesses Must Start Complying With New State Shutdown Order Starting Friday

Monday, July 13

COVID and the Cannabis Industry, the Sorry State of Testing, Weddings and More: Humboldt’s Public Health Officer Takes Media Questions on the Pandemic

RE-SHUTDOWN: Governor Orders Statewide Closure of Bars, Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, Zoos and More in Response to Spiking COVID-19 Numbers

Friday, July 10

BARRIERS TO CARE: Why Humboldt’s Latinx Population is Being Hit Disproportionately Hard by COVID-19

Thursday, July 9

(VIDEO) Sheriff Honsal Says Prison Inmates Due to be Released in Humboldt Pose Contagion Risk to Community

In Today’s ‘COVID Minute,’ Humboldt County’s Health Officer Gently Explains Why Gatherings are a Bad Idea

Wednesday, July 8

(VIDEO) Frankovich Addresses Testing Holdup, High Infection Rate Among Latinos and Safety Plans for Returning Prison Inmates

Having Received Word of Upcoming Weddings, Joint Information Center Reminds Everyone That Large Gatherings Outside the Home are Still Not Permitted

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Causing an ‘Unprecedented’ Need for Blood Donations, Local Blood Bank Says

As Humboldt’s Case Count Climbs, the COVID-19 Testing Facility at Redwood Acres Has Stopped Taking Reservations

Monday, July 6

(VIDEO) County Health Officer Talks Delayed COVID-19 Test Result, Social Gatherings

Friday, July 3

COVID REPORT: Six New Cases Confirmed Today, Says Joint Information Center

Wednesday, July 1

A Whole Bunch of Local Health Leaders Just Sent a Letter Thanking County Employees for ‘Outstanding Work’ on COVID-19 Response

Broadway and Mill Creek Cinemas Reopening Friday; Is It Safe to Return to Movie Theaters?

MUSEUMS REOPEN! Eureka’s Morris Graves and Clarke Museum Will Open Their Doors to Art and History Fans Next Week

Here’s a Map of Places in Eureka to Buy Safe & Sane Fireworks, Which You May Light Off in Place of the Annual Waterfront Fireworks Extravaganza (Which is Canceled)

Monday, June 29

The Return of Normalcy: Sequoia Park Zoo Sets Official Reopening Date

First Five, Changing Tides Announce Shipment of Mission-Critical COVID Gear to Local Child Care Providers

Saturday, June 27

Humboldt County in the First Days of the Pandemic: What 2,000 Internal County Emails Tell Us About the Early Response to the Rise of COVID-19

Friday, June 26

(UPDATED) Local Youth Baseball Teams Playing Out-of-State Competitors Despite Ongoing Ban on Team Sports

City of Eureka Facing Nearly $4.6 Million General Fund Budget Cut Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, June 25

(VIDEO) Humboldt Deputy Public Health Officer on Reopening the County, ‘Super Spreader Events’ and Other COVID-Related Topics

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