Public health officials concerned about allowing big events to take place again

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) – Public health officials are worried about allowing big events to take place in Humboldt County, especially in enclosed areas.

If one attendee has the virus, roughly half of the people in the enclosed area, or even two-thirds, could become ill too.

These type of events are referred to as super-spreader events because not only is difficult to control spread of the virus, but it is also a lengthy process to trace close contacts of the virus after the event.

Humboldt County Deputy Health Officer Josh Ennis, Ph.D. says the county is still in the early stage of super-spreader activity. However, 98.5% of Humboldt County residents have not been exposed to COVID-19, making most in an enclosed area susceptible to infection.