More than 40 Covid-19 cases, 10 hospitalizations linked to outbreak at Eureka church

EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) — An outbreak of Covid-19 cases linked to Eureka the Pentecostal Church was first reported by the Humboldt County Public Health Department last week and free testing was offered to church members.

Since then, over 40 cases have been connected to the event. That’s as of Wednesday of this week. On top of the more than 3 dozen cases, there have been 10 hospitalizations, as well. Ten other people visited the emergency room, but ultimately, were not admitted. Dozens of more cases have popped up stemming from the interactions of people that attended the event with others out in the community.

“We’re coming up on several weeks out from the original event, so I don’t think we’re seeing anymore new infections from that event, but people who are out in society and either didn’t know they were exposed or infected are continuing to spread this,” according to Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman.

Dr. Hoffman adds that if we continue masking, distancing, and following guidelines for gatherings, he believes we’ll be able to contain the current outbreak.