Humboldt County Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, sitting outdoors this time, started a video of her latest media availability with good news: The County is adjusting its case count. down because the results were their initial tests, done outside of the county, returned false positives.
“They ran the samples again. They were negative and confirmed as negative, ”Frankovich said. Total particle cases have been adjusted accordingly.
Below you̵7;ll find our standard, time-stamped guide to Q – & – A.
(0:53) Redheaded Blackbelt asked, “We understand that staff at another nursing home in Humboldt County have a positive COVID test result for it.” What lessons have the public health learned from the Alder Bay outbreak? Did the county or state provide additional personal protective equipment (PPE)?
Frankovich said so far there has been only one case, not an outbreak, at the latest facility. (The Redheaded Blackbelt reports that infected people work at Fortuna Health and Recovery Center.) Frankovich says that lessons have been learned “on a large scale”. Public Health is working to ensure that high-level facilities are fully equipped with PPE and follow safety procedures. The County also provides assistance from an infection control specialist at facilities reporting a positive.
(3:16) Redheaded Blackbelt asks, “With nursing homes often with low-paying staff, who often do a lot of work to maintain their finances, what can be done to support health workers? Public Humboldt County? And do you have a suggestion [for] How can our whole community support both employees and seniors? “
Under state guidance, employers must have a plan to deal with employees who need quarantine, Frankovich said. What we can do to support our staff and the elderly is what we’ve been talking about for months now, she added: travel restrictions and gatherings, stay away and frequent use of towels masked.
(4:37) Redwood News asks, “For kids coming back to school … your advice for parents on the best way to keep their kids safe this fall. what?”
Parents should emphasize the importance of covering face, washing hands / cleaning and staying away, Frankovich said. She added: “I also think that parents need to be really active in monitoring their children for signs and symptoms of infections so that we don’t send them to school when they are sick. . And families should limit their activities within the household.
(6:15) Redwood News asked, “There has been a lot of talk lately about COVID-19 vaccine and trials for a single vaccine. St. Hospital Joseph participated in a clinical trial for Remdesivir…. Will Humboldt County participate in any vaccine trials? If so, what would it be like?
Frankovich said there are no plans yet for Humboldt. Most clinical trials have centered around large academic institutions in larger cities. But if someone has a proposal to engage locals, “We’d be happy to talk to them,” she added.
(7:15) Redwood News asked, “Can you provide us with updates on the flooding / plumbing problem that happened at the Public Health lab on Friday? How much is the laboratory affected? Was there any damage to the device? Has any of the test or collection samples been damaged? Has the test been – or will be – damaged in any way?
Luckily, the flooding has mostly affected the lower floors of the building, including Frankovich’s private office. The laboratory was barely affected. The staff there “cleaned up a bit and cleaned up the things they needed and got back to work,” she said.
(8:47) Lost Coast outpost asked, “Last night, the director of the California Department of Public Health resigned after it was reported that the state was not receiving the results of a quarter of a million tests performed by Quest Diagnostics from July 31 to July 4 August as a result of technical problems. How did this incident affect the Humboldt County test numbers reported last week? We note that the two major reports of positive cases last week were on Wednesday, August 5, and Thursday, August 6 – two days after this glitch correction. “
Frankovich says she is unaware that there is any connection between the state health worker resignation and the lab problem. The majority of tests done in Humboldt are done through the Public Health lab, the Optum lab at Redwood Acres or in local healthcare facilities, with none of which are affected. by the Quest Diagnostics glitch, “so I hope the impact will be relatively small,” she said.
(10:54) Lost Coast outpost asked, “Many epidemiologists are now arguing that the country can deploy saliva tests that are fast, cheap and not too sensitive, which can be done at school, at work or at home – Italy. thought that the number of such tests would more than compensate for their lower quality. (Seeing one The New York Times Read here.) Is this approach appealing to the state’s public health circles? In what quantities do we have such tests available in Humboldt County? Are they on the horizon? “
There are many people who create test platforms with varying degrees of sensitivity and usefulness, Frankovich says. Public Health staff are reviewing each new option in partnership with the state. Allocating resources to get false test results is “a big deal”, so the accuracy of trials is paramount. At some point, the high test volume may become the more important priority, “but I don’t think we have reached that point yet,” she said.
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Frankovich said an increasing number of cases are occurring among children, mostly coming from infected households. It is less common for the child to be the initial case.
(14:14) The North Coast News asked: “Like thousands of students returning to classrooms this week, another study shows how easily children can get coronavirus. More than 97,000 children in the US tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, according to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Children’s Hospitals. At what point would you consider delaying the course and completely closing the school for direct teaching?
Public Health staff is monitoring local epidemiological data, hospital data and capacity daily, Frankovich said. We’re not currently over the state threshold for required distance training, although our trends are paying attention. If cases continue to develop, banning live classes could occur, “but we’re not done yet,” she said.
(15:37) North Coast News asked, “California’s top public health official resigned just days after the state announced a… malfunction that caused delays in reporting results. coronavirus test…. ” Did the incident affect Humboldt County data?
(16:21) Hermosa Beach officials say the city is using a private police company to help police enforce the decree requesting a face-cover in public areas…. Do you assist local officials if they use such actions to execute your order here?
“Well, obviously, I’m willing to join any discussion about what we can do to improve performance,” she said, “but that will definitely be greatly informed by the What local law enforcement agencies feel they can do in our local areas can increase compliance with local orders. “