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‘First Loss of Life’ Reported Today, Four Additional New Cases Confirmed

Press release from Humboldt County COVID19 – Joint Information Center:

public Health Lab report

Humboldt County recorded its first COVID-19-related death today, and four new cases were confirmed, bringing to 81 the total number of county residents who are known to have contracted the virus.

In a letter to the community issued this morning, Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said, “I am saddened to report our community’s first loss of life due to COVID-19. The individual was an elderly resident of the Alder Bay facility. Our hearts go out to the resident’s family, friends, caregivers and all who are mourning the loss.”

Of the four new cases, one is an Alder Bay resident and two work at the facility. All three were close contacts of a known case. The fourth case is unrelated to Alder Bay and is under investigation.

After experiencing the county’s first death and seeing 24 new cases in the last week, Dr. Frankovich urged community residents to follow social distancing and other measures that limit transmission of COVID-19. Dr. Frankovich said, “We’ve lost a member of our county to this illness for the first time. This only increases our resolve to do everything we can to fight this virus and keep our community safe.”—

Total new positive cases confirmed on May 18: 4

Daily COVID-19 case report for May 18

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 81
  • Total number of recovered cases: 58
  • Total number of hospitalizations: 11
  • Total number of deaths: 1

Transmission information for all known cases

  • Contact to a Known Case: 40
  • Travel-Acquired: 22
  • Community Transmission: 13
  • Under Investigation: 6

Total number of people tested by Public Health Laboratory: 2,433

Total number of people tested by all other sources: 2,012
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and commercial labs)

The Public Health Laboratory currently has a capacity of approximately 1,600 tests and can process about 65 samples a day with an approximate turnaround time of 48 to 72 hours.—

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Humboldt Health Alert: Test Results by the Numbers

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Earlier test results:

  • No Positive COVID-19 Tests Today, April 30
  • No New COVID-19 Cases in Humboldt on May 1
  • No Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today
  • Zero New Positive COVID-19 Tests on May 4
  • Another Day With No New Positive COVID 19 Tests
  • One New COVID Case in Humboldt on May 6
  • No Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed May 7
  • No Additional Positive Cases Confirmed Today, May 8
  • Two New Positive COVID-19 Tests in Humboldt on May 9
  • Four New Positive Cases, Two Cases Now Associated With an Assisted Living Facility
  • An Error Reported in Saturday and Monday’s Daily Test Results
  • Three New Positive Cases on May 12; One More at Alder Bay Assisted Living
  • Three More Positive COVID-19 Tests, Two More From Alder Bay
  • One New Confirmed COVID Case on May 14; Another Alder Bay Staff Member Is Positive
  • Four New Positive Cases: Two Are Residents at Alder Bay
  • Five New Positive Covid Cases Confirmed; This Includes Another Staff Member at Alder Bay Confirmed

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