Hospital pleas for public cooperation in COVID battle

HCMH CEO Michelle Sleiter is asking for the public's help as the hospital and the community deals with an overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases. There are currently 170 active cases in the county.

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health identified 24 additional cases of COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases countywide since the pandemic began to 528.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, another 10 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 538.
Of that number, 365 have recovered with three deaths. The number of active positive cases have climbed to 170, doubling in the past month. On Oct. 12, there were 78 active cases in the county.
Of the 24 cases identified on Tuesday, 3 were in the (0-17) age range; five were ages 18-40, six were ages 41-60, eight were ages 61-80 and two were ages 81 and above. Of the 10 new cases reported Wednesday, two were ages 0-17, two were ages 18-40 and six were ages 41-60.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital CEO Michelle Sleiter released the following message Tuesday afternoon.
November 10, 2020 (Day 243 in this fight)
I personally want to take a moment to reach out to our community and help everyone understand the current/critical state of COVID-19 in Humboldt County. COVID-19 continues to impact our lives more and more each day and is putting significant strain on our hospital. We are fighting every day for you and need your help. Please understand how important this is and the role that you play in helping us slow the spread. Wear a mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, stay home when you are sick and practice social distancing by limiting your groups and activities.
We are doing our part to care for every patient and be here when you need us, but we can’t do this alone. Please be mindful of the decisions you make and how this could potentially impact others, especially the most vulnerable.
On behalf of HCMH and every employee, thank you for your constant support, encouraging words, patience and choosing HCMH to be your healthcare partner. We will continue to fight this fight beside you, one day at a time.
For more information about COVID-19 in Humboldt County, our services or employment opportunities please visit
Message to parents:
Please be mindful of the activities your children are participating in outside of school and school sponsored events. While most children 0-17 testing positive for COVID-19 are experiencing mild or no symptoms, we do know that they continue to spread this silently. This spread is getting to our vulnerable populations and we need your help to slow this down. We just ask that you understand the situation and be mindful of the activities/gatherings that may have a negative impact on our already compromised situation.

Thank you for understanding,
Michelle Sleiter, HCMH CEO

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