LOCAL COVID-19

Fri
31
Jul

Total county COVID-19 case count stands at 83


Humboldt County EMS Director Mike Sexe is pictured with a multi-oxygen administrator and a BreathSaver Plus bag, important resources in getting oxygen to patients quickly. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a greater need for such equipment. The items were purchased through a Discover Recovery Fund gift through the Humboldt County Community Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Humboldt County Department of Health reported no new Novel Coronavirus cases in the county on Thursday, July 30. There have been four new positive cases so far this week.
That comes after Humboldt County’s largest number of positive cases reported in a single week last week, 11 cases reported July 19-25.
This week’s numbers bring the total number of positive cases in the county since reporting began, to 83. Of that number, 73 cases have been identified as recovered. Humboldt County Public Health notes that some recovered cases may not able to be positively determined and no contract tracing would be available concerning those patients.

Fri
24
Jul

Eleven new cases in Humboldt County since Monday

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health (HCPH) have identified 11 additional COVID-19 cases in the county since Monday, raising the county’s total case count to 80 since the pandemic began in and Humboldt’s first case was confirmed during the third week in April.
Of the new cases, five were confirmed on Friday, July 24. Of the new cases, three are county residents in the 18-40 age group and two residents are in the 41-60 age group.
The breakdown of total cases by age group in Humboldt County is as follows: (0-17) five; (18-40) 37; (41-60) 29; (61-80) eight; and (81+1). Humboldt County’s first and only death attributed to the disease was reported on June 1.
Iowa now has 40,960 cases of coronavirus and 820 deaths.
Gov. Kim Reynolds extended Iowa's public health emergency proclamation for another 30 days on Friday but did not add any new restrictions despite surging cases in some parts of the state.

Wed
15
Jul

Four COVID-19 cases in the county since Monday

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health have reported four new positive cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County, one Tuesday, July 14, one on Wednesday, July 15 and two on Thursday, July 16. Three of the subjects are in the 18-40 age category and one is in the 41-60 age group.
The positive cases brings Humboldt’s total positive case count to 66. One Humboldt County resident in the 61-80 age range has died from the disease. The number of recovered cases was not immediately available, but is at least 50.
The breakdown of positive cases in the county by age groups is as follows: (0-17) four; (18-40) 30; (41-60) 26; (61-80) five; (81+) one.

Wed
08
Jul

Three new COVID-19 cases reported in county

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health have announced three new COVID-19 cases in the county during the past 24 hours, raising the total positive case count to 58. The total recovered cases in Humboldt County is 43.
Of the new cases, two are residents in the 18-40 age group and one is in the 61-80 age group. One Humboldt County resident, in the 61-80 age group, has died from the disease.
Tuesday’s report come after seven new cases were reported last week.
Humboldt County Public Health continues to strongly encourage all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose.

Fri
05
Jun

Humboldt County reports 41 cases of COVID-19

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health have identified another five positive cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County during the past five days, raising the total number of cases to 41.
Of the 41 positive cases (as of June 22) since the county reported its first case on April 18, there have been four cases in children (ages 0-17), 15 cases in adults ages 18-40, 19 cases in adults 41-60, two adults ages 61-80, and one adult age 81+. One COVID-19 patient in the 61-80-age group in the county has died from the disease.
Of the 41 positive cases in the county, 29 have recovered. The breakdown by gender is roughly half female and half male, with a few more males than females. Since June 1, Humboldt County has reported 23 positive COVID-19 cases.
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Mon
01
Jun

Humboldt County reports 1st COVID-19 death

The Humboldt County Department of Public Health today announced the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. The individual was in the 61-80-age group.
“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Humboldt County Public Health Director Joleen Sernett. “Humboldt County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”
Iowa Code Chapter 22 prohibits the release of patient information that could lead to the identification of any individual. Humboldt County Public Health is following Iowa law by not releasing any further information.

Fri
29
May

18 COVID-19 cases reported in Humboldt Co., 12 have recovered

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health have identified four additional cases of COVID-19 in the county. One Humboldt County resident is in the 18-40 age group and three residents are in the 41-60 age group. The four new cases bring the total positive cases in the county to 18. According to the coronavirus website, two cases were identified on May 28, one on May 30 and one on May 31.
The state website reports that as of Monday, 333 citizens have been tested in Humboldt County with 18 positive tests. There have been no Humboldt County deaths. Twelve of the 18 cases have recovered.

Thu
28
May

Distance learning during a pandemic


Taft second grader Jazlyn Himrod joins her classmates in Mrs. Miller's class from a safe distance at home. It has become the norm since school has been closed since March 16. Submitted photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
More than 100 fidgety kindergarten students gathered around their computers last Thursday evening for the last class session of an unanticipated and highly eventful 2019-20 school year.
As kindergarten instructor Staci Matson asked parents to put their computers on mute so the virtual Zoom class could begin, the class seemed worlds away from what a normal end of the school year day would be.
It served as a goodbye to retiring Elementary Principal and a welcome to new Elementary Principal Ryan Fedders (Taft).
Bruder has been joining many of the weekly Zoom meetings for elementary students and sat in front of his computer for 13 last Thursday.
Matson said she has been Zooming her kindergarten class one day a week since classes ended in mid-March.

Wed
27
May

Another COVID-19 positive case reported

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health have identified one additional case of COVID-19 in the county. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon. The Humboldt County resident is in the 41-60 age group.
As of Wednesday, May 27, there are 14 total positive COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County and nine of those patient cases have recovered. Humboldt County Public Health continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic. When cases of COVID-19 first began being reported in Iowa, they were related to travel outside of the state. Now, however, there is a widespread community transmission. This means the virus is spreading from person-to-person, and often without known contact with a positive case.

Fri
22
May

Humboldt County reports additional COVID-19 cases

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health have identified six additional cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.
Three cases were reported last Thursday afternoon, May 21, and three additional cases were reported late Sunday afternoon, May 24.
Four people are in the 41-60 age group and one is in the 61-80 age group, and one is in the 81+ age group. The six new positive cases brings the total positive cases to 13 in Humboldt County. The seven previous cases are considered recovered and none of those required hospitalization.
Humboldt County reports 1,770 test assessments.
Humboldt County Public Health reminds citizens that as the case count rises and the state opens up, it is important to remember to follow the guidelines set forth by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
You can help to reduce and potentially prevent the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to follow the current recommendations:

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