COVID-19 Virtual News Conference in Humboldt County

EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)- The Humboldt County Joint Information Center today held a virtual news conference with updates of COVID-19 in the county. The meeting also included talk about a reinstated mask mandate. 

today’s virtual news conference focused on the county’s COVID-19 response including the impact of the Delta Variant. 

County Medical Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman says going back to a universal mask mandate for the county is inevitable. 

“This will be in effect for all people, vaccinated and unvaccinated in all public settings. It’s unfortunate to be at this point where we have to go backwards in these recommendations. We don’t really want to do this but we have to,” said Dr. Ian Hoffman.

Doctor Hoffman is putting in a health order to require another mask mandate effective Saturday. it’s time for round two in the battle against COVID-19. 

“With a large of the population unvaccinated, mutations will continue. That’s just the nature of viral infections,” said Dr. Roberta Luskin-Hawk, St. Joseph Health Chief Executive. 

Currently there are 19 people in the hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19, four of which are in the iICU here in Humboldt County.