UPDATED: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 4:30 PM
The City of Arcata is monitoring COVID-19 and is working with, and following all recommended guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services.
The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, and the City is dedicated to keeping the community safe and informed during this unprecedented time.
There are currently 50 documented cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County, and community spread, meaning that the source of the virus is unknown, has been confirmed among 7 of those cases.
Many of Humboldt County’s cases are located around areas with the largest populations—Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna and McKinleyville. The City of Arcata is actively working with Humboldt County health agencies to protect our community, prepare for more local cases and assist in maintaining the health and safety of our region.
As the number of local cases continues to rise, all residents are encouraged to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus.
More information on the number of local COVID-19 cases will be provided by the County here as it becomes available.
The City will continue to closely monitor the situation and is prepared to implement protocols as risk of COVID-19 exposure increases in Arcata and greater Humboldt County.
Updated information will be provided here as it becomes available.
In the strictest response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States so far, the Governor has ordered all California residents to shelter in place until further notice. This order is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate to the greatest extent possible, while allowing essential services to continue, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
California residents may leave their homes to seek or provide essential services such as obtaining medical care or supplies, grocery shopping, refilling prescriptions and caring for an ill family member. Those who leave their homes are expected to maintain social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of 6 feet away from those not in their household.
For answers to frequently asked questions about essential services pertaining to this order, please click here.
Click here to see the order in its entirety.
Failure to comply with any provisions of this order constitutes an imminent threat to public health. The order carries the force of law and breaking it could result in a misdemeanor.
Hours before the State issued order, the Humboldt County Department of Public Health put an order in place that directs all individuals living in Humboldt County to shelter in place beginning midnight, Friday, March 20. Given that the San Francisco Bay Area is experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19 with extensive community spread, Humboldt County recognizes the imminent threat presented to the public’s health.
On Monday, March 30, Humboldt County issued an updated Health Order further enhancing the Shelter in Place requirements for County residents.
To find Humboldt County’s current list of allowable, essential services pertaining to this order, please click here.
The updated order can be found here. To read the original County order in full, please click here.
For more information from Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, click here.
Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.
Please click here for the latest local updates from the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services or to sign up to receive Humboldt County Health Alerts.
Community members may also contact the County directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (707) 441-5000.
For medical advice or questions regarding COVID-19 testing, contact Humboldt County Public Health by emailing email@example.com or calling (707) 445-6200.
This City of Arcata GIS team put together a dashboard of real-time maps and data that shows world’s current COVID-19 status (provided by John Hopkins University), in addition to weather, traffic, natural disasters and PG&E power outages. Browse and explore the Arcata Community Real-Time Dashboard to see how GIS data is helping us gain a better understanding of our world and make more informed decisions. This application currently works on desktop computers using supported browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge.
The City has decided to cancel most meetings and scheduled all events as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Meetings scheduled to take place will be held via teleconference.
Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodations:
In collaboration with state and federal recommendations that support efforts to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19, Arcata City Hall will have limited access to the public until further notice. Face to face interaction with City staff will only be available by appointment.
To continue to serve the public during this unprecedented time, the City has made the following adjustments:
Water & Sewer Billing
Water, Sewer, Recology Service & Compost Bins
Building & Engineering
Community Development Planning
Arcata Police Department Services
Environmental Services & Recreation
City Manager’s Office
City Facilities Staff are dedicated to following protocol recommended by the CDC by disinfecting City Hall public and open office areas regularly, and Department staff is completing additional surface disinfection on an as-needed basis.
All members of the community are highly encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines currently recommended by the California Department of Public Health at all City facilities and public spaces. For more information on these guidelines, please click here.
Meal Resources for Children
Humboldt County Office of Education School Meal pick up times and locations for all children under 18, can be found here.
Stay at Home Activities for Children
Resources for Seniors & Individuals with Underlying Health Conditions
Arcata Open Business Directory
Please click here for more information about Arcata businesses that are open online, offering virtual classes, selling gift certificates and offering food delivery or take-out services to locals while we shelter in place.
COVID-19 Business Resilience Emergency Loan Program
In response to business impacts related to COVID-19, the City of Arcata is committed to providing technical and financial support to Arcata’s businesses. Information about the City’s new COVID-19 Business Resiliency Emergency Loan Program as well as the City’s existing loan programs can be found here.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 825-5955.
Arcata COVID-19 Eviction Moratoriums
The City of Arcata and the State of California have temporary measures in place to support tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19. Both programs are available to renters currently residing in Arcata. You will find an overview of both programs here.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (707) 822-5953.
Please remember these basic steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19:
For more detailed information on COVID-19, please click here.