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Posted on: March 12, 2020

COVID-19 News & Updates

COVID-19 Information

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 24 at 6 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, and updated COVID-19 related news will be provided on this webpage as it becomes available.

Fifteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, February 24, bringing the total number of Humboldt County residents who have tested positive for the virus to 3,151. Please click here for more information.

  • Humboldt County has been reassigned to the substantial or “red” tier under the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy" by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Many local business sectors can now expand capacity with additional COVID-19 prevention measures in place, and these changes take effect on Wednesday, February 24. Please click here to learn more.
  • All Humboldt County residents are encouraged to fill out the online COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form to be notified when an appointment is available for their tier. This especially includes those age 75 and over, those who do not have a provider and those whose provider is not an approved vaccinator.
  • Local demand for testing has increased as the case rate has risen. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should contact their primary care provider or the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000. The OptumServe testing site located at Redwood Acres in Eureka has expanded free COVID-19 testing to include Saturday and Sunday. Testing is now available from 7 AM to 7 PM every day of the week. To schedule an appointment through OptumServe, click here or call 888-634-1123. 
  • The Humboldt County Public Health Department is modifying the contact investigation process and asking for the community’s assistance in order to better respond to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases. Click here for more information.

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. All residents are encouraged to stay at home as often as possible to slow the spread of the virus.

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases locally, Arcata City Hall will have limited access to the public beginning Monday, November 30, 2020. Click here to learn more.

Please click here to find COVID-19 resources for residents and business owners.

Stay at Home Orders

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 23 at 5:30 PM

Humboldt County has been reassigned to the substantial or “red” tier under the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy" by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Many local business sectors can now expand capacity with additional COVID-19 prevention measures in place, and these changes take effect on Wednesday, February 24. Please click here to learn more.

State & County News Updates

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 23 at 5:30 PM

  • The California Department of Public Health has released updated guidelines on youth and adult recreational sports, which would allow community and school-based sports to resume with COVID-19 safety measures and testing protocols in place and if a county’s case rate is below 14 per 100,000 residents. Changes to the youth and adult sports guidance will take effect on Friday, February 26. The Humboldt County Joint Information Center will release additional information early next week. Click here to learn more.
  • A never-before-seen COVID-19 variant has been identified in Humboldt County. Public Health officials have reported that current evidence suggests it was contained to a single outbreak and there is no indication it has spread to the broader community. Click here for more information.
  • Nearly a year since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Humboldt County, data suggests that younger adults, in the 20-29 and 30-39 age range, remain the largest percentage of total cases. It will likely be months before people in these age groups are eligible to receive the vaccine, so health officials encourage routine testing and continued safety precautions. Click here to learn more.
  • Prioritization for COVID-19 vaccine is expanding to include all Humboldt County residents age 70 and over, all emergency services workers, all licensed child care providers and all K-12 and early childhood educators and support staff. These additions will take effect immediately, even as appointments remain limited by vaccine supply. Click here to learn more.
  • The California Department of Public Health’s “California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan” can be found here.
  • All COVID-19 compliance activities will be handled by the jurisdiction in which violations are alleged to occur. The COVID-19 Compliance Tip Line, which has been operated by the Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center’s Joint Information Center, was shut down on Friday, January 1. Members of the public who wish to report a potential violation in Arcata may call 707-822-5953. Click here for more information on how to report potential violations in other Humboldt County jurisdictions.
  • The OptumServe testing site located at Redwood Acres in Eureka has expanded free COVID-19 testing to include Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the current weekday schedule. Testing is available from 7 AM to 7 PM every day of the week. To schedule an appointment through OptumServe, click here or call 888-634-1123.
  • The Humboldt County Public Health Department is modifying the contact investigation process and asking for the community’s assistance in order to better respond to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases. Click here for more information.
  • A local travel advisory issued on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 strongly discourages all non-essential travel and recommends residents self-quarantine after returning from high-risk travel out of Humboldt County. Click here to learn more.
  • The California Department of Public Health has issued a travel advisory in response to the recent increase in the statewide COVID-19 case rate. Click here to read the advisory in full.
  • It has has been determined that the City of Arcata cannot meet the state’s COVID-19 safety guidelines required to reopen City playgrounds at this time. Until further notice, Arcata Playgrounds remain closed. Please click here to learn more about the guidelines, and click here for the latest update.
  • The Humboldt County Health Officer issued a revised Facial Coverings Order to align local policy with State guidance. The revised order takes effect at 12:01 AM on Thursday, September 3. Click here to review the revised order.
  • There is a face covering mandate for the State of California. Please click here to learn more.

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. Information will be updated posted here.

Community members may also contact the County directly by emailing covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.

For medical advice or questions regarding COVID-19 testing, contact Humboldt County Public Health by emailing hhsphb@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-445-6200.

City of Arcata News Updates

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 25 at 5:45 PM

  •  Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases locally, Arcata City Hall will have limited access to the public beginning Monday, November 30. Click here to learn more.
  • It has has been determined that the City of Arcata cannot meet the state’s COVID-19 safety guidelines required to reopen City playgrounds at this time. Until further notice, Arcata Playgrounds remain closed. Please click here to learn more about the guidelines, and click here for the latest update.
  • The Arcata Skate Park and City basketball, tennis and all other playing courts are open for individuals and groups residing in the same household. Large groups and teams are still prohibited by Humboldt County and statewide orders.
  • The Environmental Services Department has temporarily designated some narrow stretches of trail at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary as one-way routes. Maps showing the designated one-way trail sections will be posted at the marsh’s parking lot kiosks, trailhead kiosks and at the Interpretive Center’s door.  A printable version of the map is also available here.
  • The Arcata Community Forest and the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary are experiencing high volumes of visitors since the stay at home orders have been in place. The City would like community members to continue to be able to enjoy pubic trails during this time, and Community Forest and Marsh visitors are highly encouraged to walk or ride bicycles to avoid parking lot gathering much as possible.
  • Humboldt County Schools are closed in response to COVID-19. A list of school closures provided by the Humboldt County Office of Education can be found here.
  • Humboldt State University has taken many precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For the most recent updates from Humboldt State University, please click here.
  • To help avoid the spread of COVID-19 at construction job sites, the City of Arcata requires that all active construction job sites within the City follow new safety protocols until further notice. Please click here to learn more.



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