Covid 19 & Your Health
Practical Health Information
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman has issued a Universal Masking Order that began Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, for all people age two and older regardless of vaccination status.
Under the terms of the order, masking is required in:
- All indoor public spaces
- Outdoor spaces that are crowded or where people cannot maintain physical distance of six feet or more
- Outdoor public events.
Additionally, masking is recommended but not required in private settings.
Getting Your Shots
What if You are Sick? Do You Need to Get Tested?
Covid symptoms can include a fever, cough, headache, or other signs. See the list of common Covid symptoms. Don't guess about whether it's Covid-19, a cold or the flu - get tested and find out for sure.
If You Have Covid-19 Symptoms, or a Confirmed Case - read about what you can do (and what you must do) to keep yourself and others safe.
Testing is available, free, in Eureka. 7 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week, on the lower floor of the Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way in Eureka. Walk-ins are welcome.
Not in Eureka? Register online at lhi.care/covidtesting to get test invitations from sites near you, or call 888-634-1123.
Self-testing kits are now found at most local pharmacies, but are not always in stock. It's a good idea to call ahead to see if they have a kit available. Like other Covid testing, self-test kits can detect a current infection or show that you don't have one, whether you are vaccinated or not. Read about self-test kits.
Call 707-268-2999 for Community Mental Health Support for Covid 19.
Local professional staff are available if you are feeling anxious, worried, or depressed in ways related to the current health crisis, and need someone to talk to.
Masks are recommended for everyone, especially unvaccinated people and anyone whose immune system may be compromised. They are required by law in some circumstances. A 6 foot distance is also recommended. The combination of masks and a 6 foot distance is a practical way to keep safe.
Prevent Getting Sick from the Centers for Disease Control
Covid-19 and Wildfire Smoke - breathing smoky air makes you more vulnerable.
Wildfire Smoke Safety Steps - when air quality is poor, what precautions can you take to protect your family's lungs?
Safe Schools best practices for schools when reopening, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Keep Pets from Getting Sick, from the CDC
How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces? Web MD article with details.
Safe & Effective Cleaning Products how to choose COVID-killing products that cause the least harm to your health and the environment.
Food, Groceries & Safety, from the CDC
Paid Sick Leave - California Law requires employers to provide sick leave for this virus.