In a press convention this afternoon, Dr. Ian Hoffman — Humboldt County’s public well being officer — stated that he’ll quickly signal an order reinstituting a common masking order within the county.
“We’re saying at the moment a return to common masking for Humboldt County,” Hoffman stated. “I might be placing in a well being order within the coming days that can go into impact at 12:01 am on Saturday, August seventh. This might be in impact for all folks vaccinated and unvaccinated, and all public settings — indoor, and together with out of doors, crowded, public settings and public occasions.”
A minimum of 20 California counties have returned to obligatory masking after the newest surge in COVID circumstances and elevated hospitalization charges, each pushed by the rise of the virus’ Delta variant.
Hoffman stated the county will announce this afternoon that 82 new circumstances have been confirmed at the moment — the highest-single day rise in COVID circumstances because the starting of the pandemic. In the meantime, COVID-related hospital occupancy not too long ago surged to 23, which is larger than the final peak in January. An in any other case wholesome man in his 30s was killed by the illness earlier this week.
Dr. Roberta Luskin-Hawk — CEO of the native Windfall Well being Care group, which runs St. Joe’s and Redwood Memorial — stated that the younger man who died was in any other case wholesome, and that his passing has hit the nursing employees on the hospital arduous.
“In keeping with the ICU nurses, who have been fairly distraught — he had no normal underlying ailments, no immunodeficiency, nothing else — and regardless of their greatest efforts, [he] died,” Luskin-Hawk stated.
Each docs continued to induce vaccination because the quickest and surest route out of the present disaster. Although vaccinated folks might generally — extra hardly ever — contract the virus and unfold it to others, vaccination may be very strongly protecting in opposition to extreme illness and dying.
“Vaccination is the important thing to ending this pandemic,” Hoffman stated. “We have to get vaccination charges up with a view to get out of this.”
UPDATE: Full video of the press convention beneath: