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Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 3, 2020, 9:51 AM
The updated order still allows for parks to be opened, but common play or shared structures are closed. Your concerns for continued congregation of large groups at parks is a real one. Compliance with the Shelter-In-Place order is expected of all community members and is crucial in the effort to help our community stay in good health. If you have concerns about compliance of the order, you can call (707) 441-3022.
Thank you for your involvement in this meeting and your continued efforts to keep our community as healthy as possible.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 3, 2020, 9:49 AM
- if you know you have been exposed you should self-isolate for 14 days
However, you not considered contagious if
- if it’s 7 days after onset of symptoms and
- 3 days after you had a normal temperature 99 degrees or lower without fever reducers
- and symptoms have improved or ended.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 3, 2020, 9:43 AM
Public Health is experienced in tracing contacts, having done so for many years investigating several kinds of diseases. Now the staff is using that experience to follow COVID-19 cases throughout the county and actively doing so for every positive test. However, now that is evidence of COVID-19 community transmission, contact tracing may not be as effective.
For the public, Shelter-In-Place remains the best course of action. Shelter-In-Place is the most effective procedure to flatten the curve and reduce of spread of illness. Here is a link to some resources with evidence based information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html
Testing restrictions have loosened and if you are sick, very sick, or medically fragile with symptoms you can get tested by your physician. The focus today is on prevention and supportive treatment. Science is updating daily. But, the key to getting through this as quickly as possible is to work as a collective. The most effective action we can take right now is to avoid overloading our medical resources (including our primary care providers) is to
• Follow the guidelines set forth in the Shelter-In-Place order
• Commit to social distancing
• Do regular surface cleaning and handwashing.
Thank you for contributing to the discussion.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 2, 2020, 5:04 PM
Yes, the order was extended until rescinded. So, there no exact date currently. Once this order is rescinded, if the Governor’s orders are still in effect, we must keep in mind we will still be held to those orders.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 2, 2020, 5:01 PM
The Health Officer’s order grants authority to the Sheriff and local chiefs of police to enforce the order under the provisions of Penal Code 409.5(a).
The potential penalties are:
• Misdemeanor (summary) probation;
• Up to six (6) months in county jail; and/or
• A fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000).
We hope that local law enforcement isn’t put in the position of arresting, charging or fining people who aren’t following the Order. It’s designed to be used as a “last resort” tool for law enforcement. If you observe what you believe is a violation of the order you can call the Compliance line at 707-441-3022
Thank you for watching and contributing to the discussion.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 2, 2020, 4:58 PM
We are sorry to hear of your current situation. Chase’s decision to close their store is not controlled by the county. We encourage you to call their customer service number and clarify what your options are currently.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 2, 2020, 4:56 PM
This is a good question and opportunity for clarification. Currently, testing is only performed on individuals exhibiting symptoms. Close contacts are monitored during quarantine for symptoms daily.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 2, 2020, 4:54 PM
We completely understand the frustration and concern for the health of your community. Yes, there is no need to hoard products. The Shelter-In-Place order clearly states that essential services are will still be available and we will still be able to leave our homes to obtain our necessities and protective equipment.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 2, 2020, 4:53 PM
Gloves may can be helpful while you are in the grocery store, but the best is to follow the recommended guidelines for prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Practice social distancing at all times.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center April 2, 2020, 4:51 PM
We encourage you to call and discuss your situation with your primary care provider and reach out to the hospital you were in to ask about their procedures and concerns.
You are welcome to call the COVID Information line at 707-441-500 for more information about COVID and best practices.