[UPDATE 6:32 p.m.] SoHum Has First Positive Test for COVID-19
Below is an embedded video from Facebook. Not everyone will be able to see this but the essential information is in the quoted area below:
KMUD’s reporter Tanya Horlick received this message from Redwoods Rural Health Center,
RRHC’s Board would like us to be transparent with the community. We have our first positive COVID-19 test in Southern Humboldt. All RRHC team members obtained specimens through drive up testing and were wearing personal protective equipment. RRHC’s team is working with Public Health to follow-up with anyone who had direct contact with the individual who tested positive. Everyone in the community is encouraged to maintain recommended social distancing, regular hand washing and other precautions, such as wearing masks. [It’s apparent] our community isn’t insulated from this type of disease.
We are posting something on RRHC’s Facebook soon too. Not a lot of information to disclose to the public due to patient privacy. RRHC will be able to answer questions as we learn more from Public Health in the week to come.
UPDATE 6:32 p.m.: Press release from Redwoods Rural Health Center:
A Redwoods Rural Health Center (RRHC) patient tested positive for COVID-19. The test specimens were obtained by RRHC team members by drive-up testing methods and all RRHC team members were wearing personal protective equipment. RRHC’s team is working with Public Health to follow-up with the individual who tested positive. To our knowledge, this is the first positive COVID-19 case in Southern Humboldt. Everyone in the community is encouraged to maintain recommended social distancing, regular hand washing and other precautions, such as wearing masks. Our community is not insulated from this type of disease. RRHC Boardmember Shiela O’Toole reflected, “This will definitely be a wake-up call for the community and hopefully save people from contacting the virus. We wish the best to this patient and hope they will recover fully.” Public Health is expected to have more information to add to their reporting synapsis next week.
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