Humboldt County Health Officer Drs. Teresa Frankovich goes mask-free in today’s media availability video. She tells up-front that people complained about her being unable to understand. “[W]E wants to make sure that the information is accessible to everyone, ”she says, stating that her interviewers are upset and masked.
Here is the Q-and-A:
(0:52) d Times Standard Asks, “When is Humboldt County the next peak in cases?” With about 50 new cases in the first four reporting days of this month, how close is the county to raising the risk level to four?
Frankovich says that the new case count is related and the positivity rate is definitely increasing. However, we have not yet hit the four level threshold. Factors include a constellation of measures, including contact tracing and testing capability, epidemiological data, and the state of our health care system.
“So I don’t know,” she says. “I hope we can avoid it.”
(1:57) d Times Standard Asks, “With more than 40 percent of cases in HCounties that affect people Younger than 29 years Age, how to allow is considered safe To meet the person in schools? I amT is odd in many ways that school district boards meet through the Zoom on safety concerns, but are properly sending hundreds of students to teaching in person. “
School board meetings function well through the Zoom, but most children do better in a school setting with onsite education, Frankovich says. There is no completely safe option, so it is a matter of balancing risk and benefit within the community. She explains that for other types of social ceremonies there is more benefit from having instruction inside the students.
(3:33) Redwood News asks, “As of this morning, 32 cases are still under investigation, looking at the county dashboard. This week has seen a greater increase in this number than other transmission types. Can you talk about why there is such a large number under investigation? What problems or bottlenecks are you seeing during your contact tracing checkup? [that] Is it more difficult to determine the form of transmission? “
Frankovich explains that sometimes it takes a little work to determine how a new case is with the previous one, especially when there are a bunch of new cases.
(6:37) Redwood News asks, “You have talked about the recent cases of Whoopa and how they are included in our county data but not necessarily on the same day that Hoopa gets the results. You get copies of the results and Then vet them. Can you talk about what this vetting process looks like? How late is the time between when Hope receives a positive test result and the day it is counted and added. For Humboldt County data?
The point-of-care test used in HUPA has its own limitations, says Frankovich. The county has often retired him to his lab, which has high-end equipment. It is not always necessary, she adds, but it is an important component of maintaining an accurate count.
(6:31) Redwood News asks, “Can you confirm that Humboldt County has not received any additional funds to rent Contactor? If so, how are you working on that team? How has it increased since the onset of the epidemic? Do you need more people? Is this interrupt contact tracing check?
It is a constant work-in-progress, says Frankovich. “We are constantly changing our teams.” She is coming to the county to support the response to the epidemic, she says, and the county is hiring staff and volunteers where needed.
She says “the county can start recruiting new contact tractors” because we are clearly seeing that some of these cases are complex and have many contacts and we really need to have a lot of boots to work with . ‘
(8:51) North Coast News asks, “The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance allowing the issuance of citations for businesses not complying with health orders related to coronovirus citations, which It will range from $ 100 for people to $ 10,000. For businesses that do not comply with local and state health orders. Is this something that can happen in Humboldt? Who can make that decision and who is the enforcement? Will be assigned to work?
The county’s response has leaned toward education rather than enforcement, Frankovich says. “We feel that businesses have suffered a lot in this epidemic and they are important to the families who live and work in this community,” she says, adding that most people want to follow . “And it’s helpful.”
Nevertheless, officials are working on a codified response that proceeds from warnings through warnings.
(10:29) North Coast News asks, “There is a lot of talk about mass voting by mail. Do you think that main voting is a safer option than gathering in elections?
If elections are conducted in a safe manner – one that allows for social disturbances to be overcome – that could be an option, Frankovich says, after encouraging everyone to vote. If this is not possible then mail-in is a safe option.
(11:30) North Coast News asks, “What do you think about the possibility of restricting travel from California and Oregon to close the Oregon border and limit proliferation?”
Separating itself like an island is “a tempting idea”, Frankovich says. She says, “Practically, I don’t see that happening – for many reasons.” But we can encourage local residents and outsiders not to travel.