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Posted on: March 12, 2020

COVID-19 News & Updates

COVID-19 Information

UPDATED: Friday, May 7 at 4:45 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.

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday, May 7. The total number of Humboldt County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 now stands at 3,935. Please click here for more information.

  • Humboldt County has been assigned to the moderate or “orange” 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 took effect on Wednesday, April 7. Please 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 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. OptumServe testing is also available locally in Arcata on Mondays between 8 AM to 5:30 PM at the Arcata Community Center, located at 321 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway. 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.

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases locally, Arcata City Hall has limited access to the public. Click here to learn more.

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

State & County News Updates

UPDATED: Friday, May 7 at 4:45 PM

  • Tests of local COVID-19-positive samples has identified more than 40 total cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, known as the UK variant, which is now the most dominant strain of the virus in the state and nation. This variant is associated with a 50% increase in transmission and can lead to more severe illness as well as hospitalizations and deaths in unvaccinated individuals. Click here for more information.
  • Local health officials urge all community residents to get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and note that testing options have expanded to additional locations across the North Coast. Click here to learn more.
  • A recent spike in local cases of COVID-19 has been tied to the more infectious B.1.1.7 variant, sometimes referred to as the UK variant. Humboldt County Public Health officials urge residents to protect themselves and the community by following COVID-19 prevention measures and getting vaccinated as soon as possible. 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.
  • After seeing the COVID-19 case rate decline for weeks, Humboldt County is currently experiencing an uptick in cases, many of which are related to one or more superspreader events. 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.
  • 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 Humboldt County Office of Economic Development has launched an updated Business Reopening Certification process to support local businesses in reopening or staying open with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Click here for more information.
  • 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.



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