Today Dr. Ian Hoffman, Humboldt County Health Officer, questioned the state’s “surprise” decision to move Humboldt County down to the COVID red tier, making it one of only four counties in the state with the highest level of concern is. – And only one of those four is not subject to the territorial order to stay in the house.
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From Redwood News: “Can you explain why we disagree with the state’s working to bring Humboldt County back to the red level?”
Definitely, well, I talk about the different ways that we look at data. State CDPH has a methodology that looks at data with seven-day intervals, plus two more days, as they take a longer time to receive data. So we are actually looking at nine days old data. Here in Humboldt County we get direct data on an almost daily basis. So we are looking at the data in real time and give you an example, currently our case number is almost more than 100 which they have in the state.
From the Lost Coast Outpost: “If the county does not agree with the state’s decision to bring us into the red category, the health officer has the right to place a high, purple ban along with the local order. Why don’t you do it?
So it is a balancing act that many health officials and health officials have to do, it is very fine line during this epidemic. A health order in the toolbox is a tool and it is not a fragile one, it is a very strong one and it is one that our community does not have much enthusiasm for right now. If anything is going to change then we need to buy. So regardless of the level we are at, there are things we can do to keep our community safe.
Businesses that can open cannot choose and they can choose to protect their customers and their employees and, given the uncertainty we may have, we can return to home orders on the Purple Tier or regional stay. People can choose to gather but they can choose to keep their home safe by not gathering and decide not to reopen the church indoor services. We have never seen numbers deteriorate in public health and what we are hearing from a lot of people in the community is that they understand this and they continue to act like we are purple when we There are red tiers inside.
From the redheaded blackbelt: “Humboldt being in a less restrictive Red Tier, there is a travel ban between counties that can prevent non-essential travel and prevent people from traveling only to winter vacation in other areas of the state.” With restaurants and other locations available to the public in the county? “
So red vs. purple teers do not affect travel restrictions. A statewide travel advisory should none of us travel outside of our home region and apply to all California and then to the rest of California outside of Northern California, a regional stay-at-home order that tells you You should not go out of your home, except for necessary work or essential needs in the community.
So currently in Northern California, if you want to travel, you are advised to stay in your county or you do not drive more than two to three hours from your home and it really should be for the necessary trip or You know, going out, going on a hike, going to the beaches, these kinds of things are still very encouraged because we want to be healthy and active during this time.
From the redheaded blackbelt: “As the status of tiers in light of these new adjustments to the ability to see outside visitors makes you worried about AirBnB fares that continue locally? In relation to visitors during the New Year holiday weekend, what is observed when traveling in the county for recreational purposes and holidays?
So as I mentioned earlier, statewide, county travel consultants, in any area that is a regional stay-at-home order, a part of that order is to stay home and not move away from your home and you You know, in fact there is jurisdiction in each jurisdiction who will be in charge of any enforcement of those orders.
From Redheaded Blackbelt: “What advice would you give to restaurant owners who are questioning the reopening allowance and if they plan to close again in the next few days, considering plans for food supply, storage, staffing So reopening is worthwhile. Is delivery, etc. expensive and time consuming? “
I would caution anyone right now with any restaurant that plans to reopen that they should be worried that it might be reversible. You know, as I mentioned, triggers regional stay-at-home orders very easily and it applies immediately. Also if our number increases instead of going down the red tier, it can definitely be changed to purple tier, which will limit indoor food.
From the Times-Standard: “Dr. Hoffman on Tuesday expressed strong disagreement with the state’s decision to move Humboldt County from purple to a less restrictive, broader COVID risk level for the Red Enough Tier. Is the county moving to postpone tier? “
There is no process of level adjournment in that direction. The tier adjudication process is meant to move to more restrictive levels.
From KMUD News: Now that Humboldt is in the red color category, what can be allowed for indoor shopping and indoor dining? “
So all of this can be found on the blueprint for safe economy. If you have any more questions, do check it out. But indoor retail falls to 50 percent, with indoor dining allowed at 25 percent in the red tier.
Also from KMUD News: Do you predict that Humboldt will return to the purple tier? What will be the re-designation?
It is very difficult to say for sure. Again: With all the numbers it looks like they are not going down locally so we are worried about this. The thing going back to the Purple Tier is the state’s numbers will be 15 percent in the next few weeks and I think that’s likely.