Humboldt County not on state watch list, Public Health monitoring Covid-19 conditions

HUMBODLT COUNT, Calif. (KIEM) — Governor Newsom’s recent announcement leaves the question, where does Humboldt County stand when it comes to the state watch list?

According to County Health Officer Dr. Frankovich, there are multiple factors that come into play when determining whether we are below or above the state’s threshold. These include things like number of cases per 100,000 people, positivity rate of Covid-19 tests, and local hospital capacity.

While Humboldt County has seen an increase in both the case rate and positivity rate, it still falls below the state’s guidelines.

“In order for us to be on the monitoring list, we need to not only have 25 cases per 100,000 in that time period, but we also need to have a positivity rate of greater than 8%. We have not met those yet, but we are monitoring that daily and certainly we have been concerned about some of the recent trends,” Dr. Frankovich says.

County officials and the Emergency Operations Center will provide additional information Tuesday as far as what exactly the new restrictions mean for the North Coast.