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Posted on: March 12, 2020

COVID-19 News & Updates

COVID-19 Information

UPDATED: Friday, July 23 at 4:20 PM

Arcata City Hall is open for in-person services from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Face coverings and physical distancing are required for CIty Hall staff and guests who are not vaccinated. Click here for information on how to access City services remotely.

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.

Fourty-four new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Humboldt County on Friday, July 23, which marks the highest single-day case count reported since Thursday, May 13, when strong public health measures were in still in place statewide. This week, the seven-day average positivity rate reached 11%, the highest rate for Humboldt County at any point in the last 12 months. Positivity rate is the percentage of tests performed that came back positive and is a critical measure of how widespread infection is in the community. The total number of Humboldt County residents who have tested positive for the virus now stands at 4,897. Please click here for more information, including a list of upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

  • Humboldt County joins 25 other California counties in recommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in public places.
  • Public health officials advise unvaccinated and partially vaccinated community members to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible, as partial vaccination may leave a person vulnerable to variants like Delta. Full vaccination means both doses in a two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Full protection is achieved two weeks after completing the vaccination series. Officials urge those who are hesitant or have questions to discuss their concerns with their primary care provider or speak to a Public Health nurse by calling the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000.
  • The State of California has retired the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” and Humboldt County has lifted two local health orders, removing nearly all COVID-19 pandemic-related precautions, effective Tuesday, June 15. Click here to learn more.
  • All Humboldt County residents age 16 and over can now sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments through My Turn. This includes people with or without medical conditions and from all sectors and occupations. For more information, click here or visit myturn.ca.gov to sign up to receive a vaccine appointment.
  • It is important that the community continues to be tested for COVID-19 to prevent the virus from spreading. 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 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 a free COVID-19 test through OptumServe, click here or call 888-634-1123. 

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.

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

State & County News Updates

UPDATED: Friday, July 23 at 5:10 PM

  • Humboldt County joins 25 other California counties in recommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in public places. Click here to learn more.
  • Additional cases of the significantly more contagious Delta variant were identified in Humboldt County this week. Delta is anticipated to become the predominant strain locally as in the rest of the country, where it is responsible for one in every four new infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here for more information.
  • Coordination of Humboldt County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic formally transferred from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services to the Department of Health & Human Services effective Thursday, July 1. Click here to learn more.
  • Health officials are encouraging parents and guardians of age-eligible children to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine and prepare to support them through the process. Click here for more information.
  • COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are now available at no cost to organizations, including businesses, faith-based organizations and congregate living facilities, through the State of California Testing Task Force. Click here to learn more.
  • California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as CalOSHA, has approved revisions to its COVID-19 workplace safety regulations, which apply to most workers in the state. For more information, click here.
  • Humboldt County residents can now text their ZIP code to 438829 or call 800-232-0233 to find pharmacy locations offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information.
  • Local health officials said that given the amount of virus circulating in the community, Humboldt County residents should avoid large gatherings and get tested if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. They emphasized that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent serious illness from the virus. Click here to learn more.
  • As more of the state reopens, Humboldt County Public Health will no longer certify public or private event plans. Event organizers and attendees should continue to follow the state’s industry guidance under the state's “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” Click here to learn more.
  • Community members are encouraged to make a vaccination appointment to ensure a vaccine is available when you want it. Appointments for vaccine clinics this week can be made at MyTurn.ca.gov. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people to state they no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. Click here for more information.
  • All Humboldt County residents age 16 and over can now sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments through My Turn. This includes people with or without medical conditions and from all sectors and occupations. For more information, click here or visit myturn.ca.gov to sign up to receive a vaccine appointment.
  • The number of Humboldt County residents testing for COVID-19 has dropped considerably in recent months as vaccination rates increase, leading health officials to push for continued testing. Click here to learn more about why COVID-19 testing is important and to find out about free local COVID-19 testing options.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without masks, in some cases even with people who are unvaccinated, marking an encouraging milestone in the COVID-19 recovery.While some prevention measures continue to be necessary, the CDC says fully vaccinated individuals can resume several relatively low-risk activities, including gathering with friends and loved ones. Click here to learn more.
  • County health officials are assuring the public about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, while reminding them of common side effects, especially after the second dose of the series. Click here for more information.
  • 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 Humboldt County Health Officer issued a revised Facial Coverings Order to align local policy with State guidance. The revised order took effect at 12:01 AM on Thursday, September 3, 2020. 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 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.
  • Some 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.