Ald Bay’s death tied the mythic dealer who denies the isolate, a Humboldt County Public Health nurse, says; She also says that the locals are precocious

Signs of a protest in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse in early May argued against compliance with government orders and hostility to the head of the Department of Public Health. [Crop of a photo by Mark McKenna]


The strain of the COVID-19 infection that eventually killed four residents in Elder Bay Assisted Living allegedly began with a methamphetamine dealer who rejected public health advice and refused to isolate himself , Humboldt County Public Health Nurse Eric Dykehouse reportedly told noted author Michael Lewis, penning a column for Tha Bloomberg.

Lewis’s column, “Confessions of a California COVID Nurse”, focuses on Dykehouse’s contact tracing investigation, in which he works backward from a positive COVID-19 test, trying to find a new positive case for everyone fatal. May be in contact with the virus. It provides some illuminating insights into the job, as well as a level of detail about the cases that local authorities have refused to give to date.


“Two cases get stuck in Erica’s mind. There was a couple in the 70s, both possibly infectious. He got them, asked them to quarantine, and they had turned right around and hosted a big Fourth of July BF. When he tried to contact the guests who might have been infected, he found that he was either dismissed or outright rude. “You have these whole little social networks that are hostile,” she said. “Most of the time they are just polite enough. But I am trying to develop a thick skin.”

The second case that stuck in his head was a myth dealer. He was found by public health nurses shortly after becoming infected and, although he rejected her advice, said he would isolate himself. Erica suspected she was still freaking out at night, and her suspicions were confirmed when she infected one of her friends, who in turn infected her daughter-in-law. The friend’s daughter-in-law, who had no symptoms, went to work at Elder Bay Assisted Living, a nursing home in Eureka. More than a dozen staff members and residents were infected. Four died. “

Humboldt County Joint Information Center chief public information officer Heather Muller declined to confirm the case-specific details of Lewis’s reporting.

“Parts of the information shared with the reporter may compromise the privacy of those involved,” Muller wrote in an email. magazine. “Because of this, the Joint Information Center cannot confirm this information.”

Elsewhere in the column, Dykehouse is quoted as saying that the criteria have changed repeatedly during the epidemic, since his contact investigation since June has typically focused on a single question: You can be more than 15 minutes old. Who are within 6 feet by the time? But aside from the case-specific details, the largest takeaway from the column is the Dykehouse saying that more and more people are no longer cooperating in contact investigations and instead hanging on to it, not returning calls or dropping it out Are removing

Quickly, they were cooperative. Although no one was happy to hear that he had COVID-19, people respected his authority. People behaved like they did before the epidemic, when it told that they needed to separate themselves. … and they tried their best to comply – at least by mid-May, the state’s asylum-place order was lifted. From that point on, her diary tells the story of a disclaimer change. People were less and less interested in what he had to say: they seemed to know everything they needed to know. “Many of these people are getting their medical information from Facebook,” said Erica. People stopped returning her calls. People broke up on him. People also beat him fiercely. Erica said, “For the first time in this job, I am experiencing people who are hanging on me except STDs. ‘Most of the time you call and say,’ I am a nurse from public health ‘and they talk to you or call you back. We are used to people who trust us. Now they do not. it’s so weird. ‘… But by the end of June, Erica and her colleagues felt that everything was heading in the wrong direction. “We feel that we are losing control of the situation,” one of the county’s health officials said. ‘People are getting it and we don’t know where.’

In her email to magazine, Muller said Dykehouse’s views do not reflect those of the county.

“The interview reflects the impressions and experiences of the employee who participated in it and does not necessarily reflect the broad experience of public health workers or the state of ongoing operations,” he wrote before stressing the importance of timely testing Was. “When the smaller a county is, the greater the risk of our resources being overshadowed in such cases. That’s why testing and contact tracing is so important.”

Since July 1, Humboldt County has confirmed 95 new COVID-19 cases, to date 42 percent of the county’s total caseloads.

Lewis is the author of more than a dozen books, including Poker poker, Moneyball, Weak side, The big short And Flash boy. All his Bloomberg The column is a must read and can be found here.

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