Dr. Frankovich discusses role of tourism in Humboldt County COVID-19 numbers


HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) – After warning against travel in and out of Humboldt County, Dr. Teresa Frankovich was asked about the role tourism plays in the rise in county COVID-19 numbers.

Frankovich explained that limiting tourism would include closing much more than short term rentals. The impact would be felt by hotels, campgrounds, and a variety of other local businesses. Frankovich said even if tourism is limited, preventing tourists from entering the county is logistically challenging.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the concerns over tourism continue as well. Frankovich said the effects are not as large as one might think. She said there is not a significant number of cases related to tourism and people passing through the area. Frankovich said the increases are from gatherings involving family coming from outside of the area to visit or stay with Humboldt County residents.