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Posted on: March 12, 2020

COVID-19 News & Updates

COVID-19 Information

UPDATED: Friday, November 27 at 5:55 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.

Humboldt County’s total COVID-19 case count stands at 850, as 31 additional cases were reported on Friday, November 27. Humboldt County has officially been assigned to the widespread or “purple” tier under the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy" by the California Department of Public Health. The state’s Limited Stay at Home Order is currently in effect locally. For more information, please click here.

Local demand for testing has increased as the local 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 will soon expand free COVID-19 testing to include Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the current weekday schedule. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, testing will be 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. Click here to learn more.

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

Stay at Home Orders

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 24 at 2 PM    

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.
  • Residents may also leave their home to seek or provide some nonessential services outlined by the State and County. 
  • Those who leave their homes are expected to wear a mask or face covering and maintain social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of 6 feet away from those not in their household.

Click here to see the order in its entirety. For answers to frequently asked questions about essential services pertaining to this order, please click here.

The Humboldt County Department of Public Health also has an order in place that directs all individuals living in Humboldt County to shelter in place. 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. To read the original County order in full, please click here

  • On Tuesday, May 19, the Humboldt County Health Officer issued an Order to modify the Shelter-in-Place Order and allow additional businesses to reopen once their safety plan is approved. Please click here to learn more.
  • On Tuesday, November 3, the Humboldt County Health Officer issued a revised Order of the Health Officer to reflect California's four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Click here to read the revised order in full.
  • The California Department of Public Health has issued a Limited Stay at Home Order for counties assigned to the purple tier under the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Humboldt County has officially been assigned to the widespread or purple tier by the California Department of Public Health, and the state’s Limited Stay at Home Order will take effect locally on Thursday, November 26. For more information, please click here, and click here to review the order in full.

State & County News Updates

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 25 at 5:45 PM    

  • The OptumServe testing site located at Redwood Acres in Eureka will soon expand free COVID-19 testing to include Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the current weekday schedule. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, testing will be 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.
  • As of Tuesday, November 24, Humboldt County has been placed in the purple tier  by the California Department of Public Health, and restrictions for the State's Limited Stay at Home Order will take effect beginning Thursday, November 26. For more information, please click here.
  • 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.
  • Humboldt’s internal data show the county’s case rate at over 7.0, and it is expected that the county will move into the Purple Tier tomorrow, Tuesday November 24, under the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.”  The Purple Tier means that the COVID-19 outbreak in Humboldt County is widespread and is growing with many undetected cases. For more information, please click here.
  • On Thursday, November 19, the California Department of Public Health issued a “Limited Stay at Home Order” for counties assigned to the purple tier. Humboldt County is currently in the red tier and is not affected at this time.  For more information, please click here.
  • Mental health and substance use challenges are increasing as the pandemic stretches into the winter months, prompting local health officials to remind residents of resources that can be accessed remotely.  Please click here to learn more.
  • A local travel advisory issued on Tuesday, November 17 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 State of California has moved a number of counties, including Humboldt County, into more restrictive COVID-19 tiers in response to the fastest increase in cases and hospitalizations seen since the beginning of the pandemic. Humboldt County has been reassigned to the “red” or "substantial community risk" tier. For more information, please click here.
  • 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.
  • The Humboldt County Health Officer issued a revised Order of the Health Officer to reflect the state’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Click here to review the order in full.
  • The California Department of Public Health updated state orders in relation to political rallies and protests. The changes clarify that political rallies are subject to the same rules as political protests, and face coverings are required at both. Click here for more information.
  •  The California Department of Public Health released partial guidance for live artistic, theatrical and musical performances, which will be allowed outdoors and only in counties in the orange (moderate) and yellow (minimal) risk levels of the state's“Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” Click here and here to learn more.
  • Local public health officials are calling attention to the long-term effects of living through a pandemic and are encouraging residents to engage in activities that address physical and mental wellness. 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 State of California has released guidance to assist residents in safely planning wedding ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click here.
  • The California Department of Public Health has released long-anticipated guidance that outlines state requirements for all private gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is intended for private and family gatherings. It does not replace existing sector guidance. Please click here to review the guidance in full, and here for more information.
  • 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.
  • Public Health’s Communicable Disease team today issued blanket isolation and quarantine orders to help Humboldt County be better positioned for an increase in new COVID-19 infections. Please click here and here to learn more
  • Small businesses with certified Reopening Plans from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be eligible for up to $12,500 in grant funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Please click here for more information.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom announced in-depth guidance for employers to reopen safely and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace. Click here to learn more.
  • The OptumServe public testing site located at Redwood Acres continues to experience an increase in demand for appointments and has been at or near maximum capacity for the last three weeks. Click here to learn more.
  • There is a face covering mandate for the State of California. Please click here to learn more.
  • The Humboldt County COVID-19 Compliance Tip Line is now active. If you are concerned that a person or business is not complying with the Shelter in Place Order, you are welcome to call (707) 441-3022.

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.