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Posted on: July 17, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for Residents & Business Owners

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COVID-19 Resources


Arcata City Hall COVID-19 Procedures & Contact information can be found here. Please contact us if you need further assistance with finding additional COVID-19 resources.

COVID-19 Tenant Protection Programs

The City of Arcata and the State of California have temporary measures in place to support tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19. Both programs are available to renters currently residing in Arcata. You will find an overview of both programs here. For more information, email citymgr@cityofarcata.org or call 707-822-5953.

Housing Services

Arcata House Partnership is committed to safely serving community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to learn more about the services they provide.

COVID-19 Business Resilience Emergency Loan Program

In response to business impacts related to COVID-19, the City of Arcata is committed to providing technical and financial support to Arcata’s businesses. Information about the City’s new COVID-19 Business Resiliency Emergency Loan Program as well as the City’s existing loan programs can be found here. For more information on this program and for additional resources, please email comdev@cityofarcata.org or call 707-825-5955.

COVID-19 Outdoor Dining & Retail Guidance for Arcata Businesses

The Arcata City Council unanimously voted to allow restaurants and businesses to offer outdoor seating for dining and retail operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance will remain in place until stay at home orders are lifted to allow unrestricted dining and retail operations, or until the City revokes these interim provisions. All permit fees will be waived for any outdoor dining and retail Encroachment Permits obtained prior to Thursday, December 31, 2020. Click here for more information.

Additional Resources for Local Businesses

  • To find the latest COVID-19 small business resources, provided by the North Coast Small Business Development Center, click here.
  • Small business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Group, especially if you have concerns about a serious disruption to your business. Please click here to sign up.
  • State resources provided by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development can be found here.
  • Click here to for COVID-19 facts on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office.
  • Resources regarding sick leave, family leave, disability and unemployment insurance provided by California’s Employment Development Department can be found here.

Community Meal Resources

  • Food for People services can be found here.
  • Humboldt County Office of Education School Meal pick up times and locations for all children under 18, can be found here.
  • Oh SNAP! meal services available to Humboldt State University students can be found here.
  • The Humboldt Senior Resource Center has modified in-house dining service until further notice, including the senior lunch program at the Arcata Community Center. As of now, HSRC’s three Senior Dining Centers will continue offering their Home Delivered Meals and offer a take-out meal service once a week. 5 frozen meals will be provided once a week on Wednesdays at the Arcata Community Center. Reservations for take-out meal service is required 7 days in advance and may be done so by calling 707-825-2027. For more information, click here.

Food Storage

To learn more about food storage to prevent food waste during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, please click here.

Support Local Businesses

Please click here for more information about Arcata businesses that are open online, offering virtual classes, selling gift certificates and offering food delivery, take-out and outdoor dining services. In addition, the Arcata Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), with the support of the Arcata Police Department, has a complied a list of essential businesses and services available in Arcata. Click here to access this list.

Resources for Individuals with Underlying Health Conditions

  • For more information on designated shopping hours for Seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions at local grocery stores and pharmacies, please click here. In addition to what is mentioned in the document, Wildberries Marketplace is providing a shopping hour for seniors daily from 6 AM to 7 AM.
  • Cooperation Humboldt has been coordinating a program to connect seniors those with underlying health conditons to volunteers to run errands for them, including picking up groceries or prescriptions. Click here for more information on how to access this service or become a volunteer.

Additional Community Resources

A comprehensive list of additional resources available in Humboldt County can be found here.

Stay at Home Activities for Children

Health Resources

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.

Please remember these basic steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19:

  • Abide by shelter in place orders and follow all recommended guidelines on social distancing. Avoid situations where you are in close contact with people who could be ill and not yet experiencing symptoms.This is where transmission of the virus is most likely.
  • Wear a mask or face covering in all public spaces.
  • Seniors age 65 and older should stay home.
  • Stay home if you are feeling like you have allergies, if you are sick or if you have a fever.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, and throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands immediately.
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who do not live in your household.
  • Do not visit senior centers or health care facilities.
  • Call a medical provider and self-isolate at home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Do not go directly to a health care provider, call first to arrange for testing.
  • If you are severely ill and in need of immediate medical attention call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

For more detailed information on COVID-19, please click here.

City of Arcata COVID-19 GIS Dashboard

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 Johns 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. *Please note this application currently works on desktop computers using supported browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge.





































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