[Archived] Related News

This is an archived version of the COVID-19 Related News page prior to April 2020.  Please see the current Related News page for up to date information.





Other News Related to COVID-19

March 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Meeting

The Humboldt County COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for March 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Follow the link to view: Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 3-30-20

March 30, 2020 - Health Officer Issues Updated Order for Humboldt County

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich issued an updated Health Order further clarifying and enhancing the Shelter in Place requirements for county residents. Read more: Mar30_Updated Order (PDF)


March 30, 2020 - Sheriff Declares Local Emergency

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal declared a Local Emergency this afternoon in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more: Mar30_LocalEmergencyDeclared (PDF)

March 28, 2020 - PPE Distributed to Agencies Throughout County

In the past week, the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services (OES) has distributed 30,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local health care facilities and first responders throughout the county.  Read more: Mar28 Supplies Distributed (PDF)

March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Meeting to be Held on Monday

Humboldt County residents are encouraged to participate in a virtual town hall meeting regarding the local response to COVID-19 on Monday, March 30, 2020 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Read more: MAR27 Townhall Advisory (PDF) 

March 26, 2020 - Courts Press Release

Press Release - Superior Court of California County of Humboldt (PDF)

March 25, 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Teresa Frankovich

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich answers questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and response here in Humboldt County. Topics include commercial lab reporting vs the public health lab, how local testing works, how we are supporting our healthcare workers, and more.



March 25, 2020 - Board Chambers Closed to Public

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Governor of the State of California has issued Executive Order N-29-20 and Order N-25-20 establishing social distancing measures and suspending provisions of the Brown Act. For this reason, we ask that you:

View the meeting and comment remotely.

A link to view the meeting will be posted on https://humboldt.legistar.com. Public comment on all agenda items as well as general public comment will be taken at the prescribed time for public comment via email to cob@co.humboldt.ca.us. Please submit only one comment per agenda item number and only one general public comment.

PDF of this notice can be viewed here:  Board Chambers Closed to Public (PDF)

March 24, 2020 - Shelter in Place Enforcement FAQ Sheriff Honsal

Sheriff William F. Honsal answers community questions regarding the Shelter in Place order and enforcement in Humboldt County.



March 23, 2020 - Resources for Children at Home

With schools closing and the local shelter-in-place order in effect, we’ve gathered local and online resources for children to enjoy.  Read more in our News Release: Resources for Children at Home (PDF).

March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 FAQs - Dr. Frankovich




March 20, 2020 - Sheriff says County shelter in place order ‘law of the land’

March 20, 2020 - Governor Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order 

Governor Newsom’s Stay at Home Order.

March 19, 2020 - Shelter in Place Frequently Asked Questions

Shelter in Place FAQs

March 19, 2020 - Order of the Health Officer Directs Humboldt County Residents to Shelter in Place

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich issued an Order of the Health Officer today, March 19, directing Humboldt County residents to shelter at their place of residence in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective beginning at midnight tonight until 11:59 p.m. on April 9 unless it is extended or rescinded by the County Health Officer. Read the press release here (PDF), and read the order here (PDF).

March 19, 2020 - 2 p.m. Announcement About Shelter in Place

The Humboldt County Health Officer will make an announcement today at 2 p.m. announcing an order directing residents to shelter in place beginning at midnight. The announcement will be broadcast Access Humboldt’s television Channel 10 and its YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/accesshumboldt/videos.

March 18, 2020 - Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Allow Timely Delivery of Vital Goods During COVID-19 Outbreak 

Read more about timely delivery of vital goods.

March 18, 2020 - California Releases New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools

Read more about guidance for K-12 schools.

March 18, 2020 - Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Ongoing Safety Net Services for Most Vulnerable Californians During COVID-19 Outbreak 

Read more about ongoing safety net services,

March 18, 2020 - Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic  

Read more about protection for renters and homeowners.

March 18, 2020 – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions - What is social distancing?


March 17, 2020 - Local Health Officials Provide Information on Social Distancing

Many Humboldt County residents are seeking additional guidance on recommended social distancing measures following school and business closures across the county. Read more about COVID-19 Social Distancing (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 

COVID-19 General FAQ (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - Contact the Humboldt County Joint Information Center with COVID-19 Questions

Do you have questions about COVID-19? Email the Humboldt County Joint Information Center at COVIDInfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or call 707-441-5000.

¿Tienen preguntas acerca de COVID-19? Mande correo electrónico al Centro de lnformación Conjunta COVIDInfo@co.humboldt.ca.us o llame 707-441-5000.

Do you have questions about COVID-19? Email the Humboldt County Joint Information Center at COVIDInfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or call 707-441-5000. ¿Tienen preguntas acerca de COVID-19? Mande correo electrónico al Centro de lnformación Con junta COVIDInfo@co.humboldt.ca.us o llame 707-441-5000

March 16, 2020 – COVID-19 FAQs - What is Social Distancing?



March 16, 2020 – COVID-19 FAQs - Learn more about Testing



March 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

DHHS has received a lot of questions about COVID-19. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich sat down with one of DHHS’s Public Education Officers on Tuesday, March 3, to answer some of the most common questions from county residents.

March 4, 2020 - CDC changes guidance for returning travelers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just updated its guidance for travelers returning from countries with high rates of COVID-19 transmission including Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan. Read more about CDC changes to guidance for returning travelers (PDF).

March 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Q&A with Humboldt County Health Officer



March 2, 2020 - Public Health provides guidance for returning travelers

As an increasing number of countries around the world begin to experience person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 infections, there are questions about what travelers should do when they return to the U.S. Read more about Public Health guidance for returning travelers (PDF).

Feb. 21, 2020 - Public Health responds to COVID-19 concerns

The Department of Health & Human Services Public Health Branch recently announced the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Humboldt County. The ill individual and close contact continue to do well and are self-isolating at home while being monitored for symptoms by the Public Health Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Unit.  Read more about Public Health COVID-19 response.