Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Frankovich and Sheriff Honsal Clarify the COVID-19 Situation Here
Late yesterday, Humboldt County’s Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich and Sheriff Billy Honsal answered questions sent to them by the media. They deal with a number of subjects. And the videos really deserve to be watched. We’ve added some important points they address in a summary below each video but this is by no means comprehensive.
Frankovich says we’re in the early days of the outbreak here. But she says she can’t tell us how long before we here reach the peak number of cases but she warns that the surge is likely coming.
She clarifies what it means that we now have community spread in the area. She says we’re still continuing to test as it allows us to track the spread and we’ll do tracking of the possible spread from the person. However, as the virus becomes widespread, it may no longer make sense to try and track contacts of those who are ill. It would take more manpower than we have.
She says there may be some value to masking when you are out and about.
She emphasizes that people shouldn’t congregate in parks or play team sports. Don’t jog or bike in groups unless they are your family unit.
Frankovich says that rentals and motels shouldn’t rent to people from out of the area except for those that are essential workers.
Sheriff Honsal covers a number of subjects. Including why shutting down the county is the last thing we will do. He said that we don’t have resources to put checkpoints on all the roads and airports.
He also talks about why County government is forbidding tourism. “Our hospitals are set up for our population,” he said. If people come from out of the county, they could impact our medical system.
He addresses concerns about not shutting down the airport. He said he requires an order from the governor or president, he said. And we have a lot more travelers on roads than we have on airplanes.
Honsal addresses renters not paying rent.