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.
- Current data: Current Humboldt County statistics.
- Wear a facial covering. County residents must wear a facial covering — a mask — when they’re indoors, inside a place that is not their home, or if they are not able to maintain social distance while out of doors (though you must maintain social distance — six feet — while out of doors.) Here is the county health officer’s order.
- Feeling sick? Your first step is probably to check out these online self-assessment tools from Mad River Hospital and Providence Health (St. Joe’s). You can schedule a test at this link, or by calling 888-634-1123.
- Humboldt County Resources: The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services has several local resources available, including an email and phone hotline.
- 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.
One New Confirmed Case of COVID-19
Saturday, May 23
Humboldt County Joint Information Center Expands Hours of Possible Exposure at Aztec Grill In McKinleyville
Two New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Both At Alder Bay
After Being Deemed ‘Essential’ Humboldt’s Cannabis Industry Has Had Mixed Success
Friday, May 22
Bear River Casino Touts ‘Virus-Killing’ Spray Ahead of Reopening; There’s No Evidence the Spray Does Any Such Thing
Thursday, May 21
(VIDEO) ‘Trimmigrants’ Not Welcome This Year; Stage Three of Reopening Likely Coming Soon, Sheriff Says in Latest Media Availability
Arcata City Council Extends Evictions Moratorium During COVID-19 Emergency, Approves Ballot Measure to Increase The City’s Affordable Housing Cap
HSU Announces That It’s Seeking Permission to Hold ‘Limited Face-to-Face Instruction’ This Fall
Wednesday, May 20
(VIDEO) County Health Officer Reasserts Her Belief That it is Too Soon For Casinos to Open
Yurok Tribe Extends Closure of Reservation to Non-Residents Until July, at Least
Tuesday, May 19
County Expands List of Businesses Allowed to Reopen to Include Offices, Child Care and More
Cher-Ae Heights Casino to Reopen Friday Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Plans to Offer Special Senior Hours
Sheriff Honsal on Casinos, Sports Leagues, Social Distancing, the Necessity of Mask-Wearing and More
Second Alder Bay Resident Dead After Being Diagnosed With COVID-19
2020 Humboldt County Fair Cancelled
Ready to Reopen? Let Humboldt County’s Economic Development Director Walk You Through the Process of Submitting Your Business Reopening Plan
(UPDATE) College of the Redwoods Announces That Next Semester Will be Mostly Online
Monday, May 18
(VIDEO) This Spike in Cases is Likely Due to People Ignoring the Shelter-in-Place Order, County Health Officer Says
‘This is a Time to Teach Our Children What It Means to Sacrifice For Each Other,’ County Health Officer Says Following COVID-19 Death
BREAKING: A 97-Year-Old Alder Bay Resident is Humboldt’s First COVID-19 Casualty
Saturday, May 16
Five New Cases Confirmed Saturday, Including Another Staff Member at Alder Bay Assisted Living
Friday, May 15
County Offices to Reopen Monday, With Modifications
Against Public Health Advice, Bear River Casino Plans to Reopen a Week From Sunday
County Health Officer ‘Would Clearly Oppose’ Opening Casinos Right Now, She Says in Latest Media Availability
Seventy-Five Businesses Have Been Approved to Reopen, Hundreds More Have Submitted Plans, County Announces
(LIVE VIDEO) Ferndale’s Guy Fieri is Facing Off Against Bill Murray in a Charity Nacho Making Contest. And It’s Going Down Right Now!
Thursday, May 14
Hoopa Valley Tribe Extends Reservation Closure
NO MORE FREE RIDES: HTA Passengers Required to Pay Bus Fares Again Starting Next Week
Humboldt Has Been Approved to Move More Quickly Into the Next Stage of Reopening, Joint Information Center Reports
Humboldt Crabs Suspend 2020 Season
Wednesday, May 13
County Officials Agree to Ask State for Permission to Loosen Restrictions and Open More Local Businesses
(VIDEO) Humboldt Public Health Officer Responds to Media Questions on Recent Alder Bay COVID-19 Cases, County Treatment and Testing Capabilities
Want to Get Your Humboldt Business Up and Running Again? Here’s How to Submit Your Reopening Plan
Tuesday, May 12
(VIDEO) Sheriff Honsal Discusses Online Certification Process for Reopening Businesses in Today’s Response to Media Questions
Three New Confirmed Cases Announced Today, Including Another at Alder Bay
(UPDATE) Thousands Attended a Mother’s Day Rodeo in Shasta County. Now Plans to Reopen Businesses There Could be Delayed.
HSU to Request a Hybrid Approach to Online Learning, Allowing for ‘Limited Face-to-Face Instruction,’ In Response to CSU Chancellor’s Announcement
All CSUs, Including Humboldt State, Will Be Reduced to Mostly Online Classes This Fall in Response to COVID-19, According to Reports
County Corrects COVID-19 Stats: Eight Cases Are Currently Active
3D Printers Used to Make Hundreds of Plastic Face Shields for Healthcare Providers at HSU’s Student Health Center
Local Nonprofit Helps Out Struggling Single Moms During the COVID-19 Crisis
Monday, May 11
Four New Cases Reported Today, Including Two at Eureka’s Alder Bay Assisted Living Facility
Humboldt County’s Public Heath Officer Takes Lots Questions on the Current State of COVID-19 Testing in Humboldt County
HSU Employees Suffer Layoffs, Furloughs as Auxiliary Programs Face ‘Difficult Budgetary Shortfalls,’ Administration Says
HSU to Hold Virtual Graduation Ceremonies for Class of 2020
Saturday, May 9
Two New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Today
(VIDEO) Dr. Teresa Frankovich and Sheriff Billy Honsal Discuss New Changes to The Stay-At-Home Order and What Businesses Can Do to Reopen
County Issues Updated List of Allowable Services
Friday, May 8
(VIDEO) OLD TOWN REOPENING: Shop Owners Discuss Easing Shopping Restrictions
We’re Moving Fast, But We Can’t Move Too Fast: In Today’s Round of Questions, Sheriff William Honsal Addresses Reopening