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 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County. 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.
Humboldt County Public Health officials are currently ascertaining whether one active case of COVID-19 infection in Humboldt County could be the first instance of community transmission, meaning the source of infection is unknown. More information 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.
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:30 PM
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.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the County order, click here. To read the county order in full, click here. For more information from Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, please 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 will take place will be held via teleconference.
Arcata City Council will hold a special meeting regarding COVID-19 on Thursday, March 26 at 6 PM.
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 beginning Wednesday, March 18. 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
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.
Local Senior & High Risk Community Resources
Access to capital programs remain in place, including special disaster assistance at the state and federal levels.
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.