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Local health officials urge community residents and organizations to take steps to limit exposure to COVID-19 while sheltering wildfire evacuees.
“Protecting lives is the first priority in any emergency,” Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said. “Right now, our communities are facing multiple emergencies, so we have to protect ourselves and our families from fire and smoke while also preventing transmission of COVID-19.”
Dr. Frankovich noted that there is no way to eliminate the risk of virus transmission in a shelter setting, but there are ways to reduce it. Those housing wildfire evacuees, whether an individual household, church or community center, should put in place a COVID-19 safety plan that includes the following:
Basic COVID-19 safety precautions should be used whenever possible. Those include:
“Our friends and neighbors are in need of help, and Humboldt shows up when needed. We just want that to happen as safely as possible,” Dr. Frankovich said.
A Northern California Regional Evacuation Shelter has been established for wildfire evacuees at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds (1250 5th St, Ferndale, CA 95536). For more information about available services, go to humboldtgov.org/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3251. Call the Humboldt County Wildfire Evacuation Information Line at 707-268-2500 for evacuation information.
For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.
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