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Humboldt County’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 77 as five additional positive cases were confirmed today.

Testing conducted by Humboldt County Public Health at Alder Bay Assisted Living found an additional staff person at the facility positive for the virus. That person is now isolating. Repeat testing of staff and residents will continue through the weekend. Of the other four cases, one was determined to be travel-related, and three cases remain under investigation.

Deputy Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Josh Ennis said recent case investigations highlight the need to social distance, minimize travel and avoid congregating in groups. Even if feeling well, a single person can clearly spread the virus to many others in group settings which, coupled with travel, is a multiplier of cases, he said.

“The virus is circulating in Humboldt County, so ask yourself whether it’s appropriate to travel, or bring groups of people together,” Ennis said, adding, “In light of businesses reopening, we all have more reason to act responsibly, and collectively contribute to avoiding a scenario of uncontrolled spread of the virus.”

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting [email protected] or calling 707-441-5000.

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Total new positive cases confirmed on May 16: 5

Daily COVID-19 case report for May 16

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 77
  • Total number of hospitalizations: 9
  • Total number of recovered cases: 57

Transmission information for all known cases

  • Contact to a Known Case: 36
  • Travel-Acquired: 22
  • Community Transmission: 13
  • Under Investigation: 6

Total number of people tested by Public Health Laboratory: 2,391

*Total number of people tested by all other sources: 1,572  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and commercial labs)

*Numbers from the commercial labs are unavailable weekends. This number will be updated Monday.

After receiving additional supplies, the Public Health Laboratory currently has a capacity of approximately 1,600 tests and can process about 65 samples a day with an approximate turnaround time of 48 to 72 hours.

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