Daily COVID Report / Dec. 16, 2020

COVID REPORT: Fourth Fifth Granada Resident Dies, 36 New Cases Confirmed

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: A spokesperson for the county’s Joint Information Center tells the Outpost that this is actually the fifth Granada resident to perish from COVID in the current outbreak; a previous death has since been attributed to the disease.


Press release from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center:

A Humboldt County resident has died with COVID-19, marking the county’s 14th virus-related death. Another 36 cases were reported today, bringing to 1,357 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  

The person who died was a resident of Granada Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in their 60s. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman said Public Health continues to grieve the losses that families and caregivers of the loved ones at Granada are dealing with. “We’ve been in close contact with the staff at Granada, and have offered our support to them during this very trying time.” A total of 69 residents and 24 staff at the facility have tested positive. 

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed availability in the Northern California region dropped slightly to 28.1%. If the region’s ICU bed availability drops below 15%, the state’s Regional Stay Home Order will take effect. To assist community members in better understanding ICU capacity, the Statewide ICU Bed Availability metric has been added to the “Current Hospital Information” dataset of the Humboldt County Data Dashboard (humboldtgov.org/dashboard). This measures the total number of available ICU beds across the entire state, which currently stands at 4.1%.  

Dr. Hoffman said it is helpful to see where the region is relative to the rest of the state. “I want to caution that while our numbers look good today, things can change very quickly,” he said. “The county holds a small number of ICU beds, and a change of a few beds means large swings in the percentages. Certainly the statewide numbers should give us all caution.” 

Because any occupied hospital bed impacts the county’s metrics for the “Regional Stay Home Order,” the Current Hospital Information dataset displays all hospitalizations, including residents of Humboldt County and non-residents. All other data on the Dashboard—such as cumulative totals, demographics, epidemiological curves—reflect information only about Humboldt County residents. 

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.

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Dec. 16, 2020

= historic data. All data from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center.


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By Zip Code
Town Zip Total cases
Arcata 95521 307
The O3 95503 239
Eureka 95501 229
McKinleyville 95519 139
Fortuna 95540 93
Hoopa 95546 63
Redway 95560 36
Rio Dell 95562 29
Bayside 95524 17
Loleta 95551 14
Ferndale 95536 13
Trinidad 95570 13
Kneeland 95549 13
Blue Lake 95525 9
Garberville 95542 9
Willow Creek 95573 9
Myers Flat 95554 7
Hydesville 95547 7
Miranda 95553 6
Carlotta 95528 6
Scotia 95565 6
Per Capita
Town Zip Cases per capita
Redway 95560 2.46%
Myers Flat 95554 2.44%
Hoopa 95546 1.67%
Arcata 95521 1.43%
Kneeland 95549 1.24%
Loleta 95551 1.02%
Bayside 95524 0.99%
Eureka 95501 0.98%
The O3 95503 0.94%
Rio Dell 95562 0.85%
Scotia 95565 0.78%
McKinleyville 95519 0.73%
Hydesville 95547 0.72%
Miranda 95553 0.66%
Fortuna 95540 0.65%
Blue Lake 95525 0.63%
Willow Creek 95573 0.58%
Trinidad 95570 0.57%
Ferndale 95536 0.45%
Garberville 95542 0.43%
Carlotta 95528 0.4%

Data from CalREDIE. Zip codes not listed have experienced five cases or fewer. Zip code populations from the American Community Survey, 2018.

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