In today’s media availability, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, Humboldt County health officer, took a plethora of questions – from half an hour – from local reporters about various aspects of the county’s response to COVID-19 pandemic – testing, reopening schools, contact tracking, the effectiveness of cannabis as a cure – but began with a brief statement on the particular dangers of out-of-county travel (or travel inside) at this time.
Below: Questions from the local media in order that are asked by Dr. Frankovich in the video above.
1. Nearly 100 residents of the isolated community of Shelter Cove were tested for COVID-19 on Monday. What protocols are established if a large percentage of those tests return positive?
2. Yesterday, the county announced that there will be testing capacity testing here locally with a machine that allows it to run up to 250 test samples per day. With current issues regarding the availability of testing, appointment scheduling, staffing issues, etc … will it even be possible for Public Health to collect many samples daily? How will you leave this new time-tested testing capability?
3. Yesterday it was announced that Humboldt County has tripled its testing capacity. Does this mean that the turnaround time for test results will be faster? If so, for how many days?
4. All that is needed to increase the level of alert is one factor and the “spread of disease” is currently threefold; what is the metric that changes “moderately high weight” to “heavy weight”, “increasing spread” to “widespread transmission”, and “some outbreaks” to “several outbreaks”?
5. Now at ‘level 3’, at what point will Humboldt County have to turn around when it reopens?
6. In the new county dashboard, can you explain what the epidemiological curve is according to the graph / episode date? And what does this data mean compared to the total number of our cases that is documented per day? How do the two numbers show the spread of the virus in Humboldt County?
7. According to the Humboldt County Dashboard, 0% of our black community members tested positive for the virus. Is it true? Can you speculate on why?
8. With the city of Eureka using social media to invite tourists to the area and an upcoming street art festival with artists outside the area, the county and Dr. Frankovich are now welcoming visitors. in Humboldt County? Previously, tourism was discouraged. How is this traveling sports team different?
9. Yesterday, the Fortuna Unified School District board, backed by a poll in which 55% of parents agreed, voted to resume classes in person against the union’s recommendation. of teachers. Can you talk to your concerns if there are any? And the recommendations you make if asked? What are some strategies that can be used to alleviate viral transmission if they return in person as planned? ”
10. And finally, if you can, what does the current science that talks about the effects of not attending school have on children and on the essential workforce offer?
11. How can an elderly patient of COVID who is discharged from hospital care and advised to isolate at home be safely cared for?
12. Can a COVID-negative person be in the same family as a COVID-positive person? How?
13. What about traveling to care for a loved one? (IE the hospital says they will release my grandparents from the hospital to isolate themselves at home, but she has no one to take care of her (no one manages the meds, picks up RXs, brings food / shops etc.) So what happens when there are no close relatives to help a patient? One can love to travel to her county to take care of her; and how can she put the community of lovers in Wondering how to advise in this scenario.
14. Do face masks / covers improve breathing conditions when there is fire smoke?
15. Has anyone been exposed to or contracted COVID-19 at any places of worship in Humboldt County?
16. Do health officials monitor places of worship different from other places that are certified as open?
17. How big is the contact tracking team for Humboldt County?
18. Publications, such as Forbes, have published articles stating that cannabis helps prevent and treat COVID19. Can you share what you know about the virus and marijuana?