It is currently reported in the media that Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich sent many questions – half an hour’s worth – from local journalists about various aspects of the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic – testing, school renewal, contact tracking. , the effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment, but started with a brief statement of the particular dangers currently posed by travelers from the county (or to the country).
Below: Local media questions in the order in which they were asked in Dr. Frankovich̵7;s video above.
1. Nearly 100 residents of the isolated Shelter Cove community were tested for COVID-19 on Monday. What protocols would apply if a large proportion of those tests were positive?
2. Yesterday the county announced that they would triple the test capacity on site using a machine that would allow you to perform up to 250 samples per day. With the current problems of being able to test for tests, scheduling an appointment, staffing problems, etc., will it even be possible for public health to collect so many samples every day? How will this new test capacity affect the test turnaround time?
3. It was announced yesterday that Humboldt County has tripled its testing capacity. Does this mean that the turnaround time of test results will be faster? If so, in how many days?
4. All that is needed to raise the level of risk is one factor, and there are currently three ‘spreads’; what are the metrics that shift “medium burden” to “high burden”, “increasing prevalence” to “widespread” and “some outbreaks” to “many outbreaks”?
5. Now, at Level 3, when will Humboldt County have to retreat again?
6. Can you explain what epidemiological curve the episode chart / data shows in the new county factsheet? And what does this data mean compared to the total number of our cases that are documented every day? How do both numbers show the spread of the virus in Humboldt County?
7. According to the Humboldt County Scoreboard, 0 percent. Our black community members tested positive for the virus. Is it true? Can you guess why?
8. Is the city of Eureka using social media to invite tourists to the area and the upcoming street art festival with the participation of outside artists, or the county and dr. Frankovich now greets visitors to Humboldt County? In the past, tourism was discouraged. How is this different from the arrival of traveling sports teams?
9. Yesterday, the Fortuna Unified Secondary School District Board, in support of a poll in which 55% of parents agreed, voted to continue personal lessons against a teachers ’union recommendation. Can you talk about your worries, if any? And the recommendations you would make if asked? What strategies could be used to reduce the spread of the virus if they return in person as planned? ”
10. And finally, if you can, what does current science offer in terms of the impact that absenteeism will have on children and necessarily on the workforce?
11. How can an elderly COVID patient who is discharged from hospital care and advised to be isolated at home be safely cared for?
12. Can a person who is COVID-negative be in the same household as a COVID-positive person? How?
13. And how to take care of a loved one when traveling? (IE Hospital says they are going to release my grandfather from the hospital to be isolated at home), but she has no caregiver (no one to prescribe medication, take RX, get food / groceries, etc.). So what happens when there are no loved ones nearby to help the patient? Can a loved one travel to his county to look after her? .
14. Do masks / face coatings improve the airway at all in the presence of fire smoke?
15. Has anyone in Humboldt County encountered or contracted COVID-19?
16. Do health officials monitor places of worship differently from other places where they are confirmed to be open?
17. How many is the Humboldt County Contact Search Team?
18. Publications such as Forbes have published articles claiming that cannabis helps to prevent and treat COVID19. Can you share what you know about the virus and marijuana?