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.
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