Update 4:40 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 - The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services has confirmed with Action News Now the patient who tested positive for coronavirus has been released from isolation.
The department said the patient is no longer showing symptoms and has undergone multiple tests to confirm the virus is no longer present.
“The individual continues to do well and will undoubtedly be pleased to return to normal activities," said Humboldt County Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich.
The close contact of the patient is also expected to be released soon from observation.
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. – The Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed its first case of coronavirus in Humboldt County.
Health officials said a close contact who has symptoms is being tested as well.
At this time, health officials said the ill individuals are doing well and self-isolating at home while being monitored for symptoms by the Public Health Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Unit.
“Close contacts of these individuals will also be quarantined at home and monitored for symptoms by Public Health staff. With the amount of foreign travel by county residents, including travel to China, it is not surprising that a case has emerged locally. Additional cases may occur either in returning travelers or their close contacts.”
"It's important to remember that the risk to the general public remains low at this time," said Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich. "Despite the fact that Humboldt County now has a confirmed case of COVID-19, there is no evidence to suggest that novel coronavirus is circulating in the community at large."
“Public Health suggests the following precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu:
- Stay home when you are sick
- If you have a fever, stay home or go home if you are already at work or school, and stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).
- Wash your hands frequently and particularly before eating or drinking.
- Promote good hand hygiene in your home by educating household members and making sure soap, hand sanitizers, and tissues are available.
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Encourage proper cough etiquette. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve or arm. Do not use your hands.
- Perform routine surface cleaning, particularly for items that are frequently touched such as doorknobs, handles, remotes, keyboards, and other commonly shared surfaces.”
Officials said the county's Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Unit will continue to provide updated information about COVID-19 to health care providers, hospitals and schools, as well as the general public.