BREAKING: Humboldt County Resident Diagnosed With Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – USA DAILY NEWS

BREAKING: Humboldt County Resident Diagnosed With Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: DHHS spokesperson Christine Messinger tells the Outpost that the Humboldt County person who has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus had traveled to mainland China.

The
Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services Public
Health Branch has received confirmation from the California
Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) of one case of COVID-19 in a Humboldt County
resident. A close contact who has symptoms is being tested as well.

This
marks the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Humboldt
County. Presently, the ill individuals are doing well and
self-isolating at home, while being monitored for symptoms by the
Public Health Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Unit.

Close
contacts of these individuals will also be quarantined at home and
monitored for symptoms by Public Health staff. With the amount of
foreign travel by county residents, including travel to China, it is
not surprising that a case has emerged locally. Additional cases may
occur either in returning travelers or their close contacts.

“It’s
important to remember that the risk to the general public remains low
at this time,” said Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa
Frankovich. “Despite the fact that Humboldt County now has a
confirmed case of COVID-19, there is no evidence to suggest that
novel coronavirus is circulating in the community at large.”

Frankovich
added that transmission in the U.S. to date has been among close
contacts and not among the general public.

Public
Health suggests the following precautions to prevent the spread of
COVID-19 and all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like
colds and flu:

• Stay
home when you are sick.

• If
you have a fever, stay home or go home if you are already at work or
school, and stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have
a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).

• Wash
your hands frequently and particularly before eating or drinking.

• Promote
good hand hygiene in your home by educating household members and
making sure soap, hand sanitizers, and tissues are available.

• Avoid
touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Encourage
proper cough etiquette. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve or arm.
Do not use your hands.

• Perform
routine surface cleaning, particularly for items which are frequently
touched such as doorknobs, handles, remotes, keyboards and other
commonly shared surfaces.

The
county’s Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Unit will
continue to provide updated information about COVID-19 to health care
providers, hospitals and schools, as well as the general public.

For
updated information about COVID-19, please continue to check the
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.

If
you are ill and in need of medical care and have been in China within
the previous two weeks or have been in contact with an individual who
has COVID-19, please contact your health care provider or emergency
department before presenting for care. Arrangements will be made to
have you evaluated in the safest manner possible for health care
staff and other patients.