Teresa Frankovich, Humboldt County Health Officer, has taken countless questions in today’s media coverage – from the half-hour price – to local reporters about various aspects of the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic – testing, reopening schools, monitoring contacts, the effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment – but it began with a brief statement of the specific dangers associated with traveling from the region (or traveling) at this time.
Below: Questions from the local media in the order in which they ask them about Dr. Frankovich in the video above.
1. On Monday, nearly 100 residents of the isolated Shelter Cove community were tested on the COVID-19 test. What protocols would be put in place if a large percentage of these tests returned positive?
2. Yesterday, the county announced that it will locally triple its testing capacity with a machine that will allow you to run up to 250 test samples per day. It will address current issues related to the availability of testing, meeting scheduling, staffing, etc. Is it possible for public health to collect so many samples every day? How will this new test time affect testing?
3. It was announced yesterday that the Humboldt County had tripled its testing capacity. Does this mean that turnaround time for test results will be faster? If so, in how many days?
4. One factor is the increase in the alert level and there are currently three “spreads of the disease”; What is the metric that shifts “medium load” to “high load”, “propagation increases” to “extended transmission” and “some foci” to “many foci”?
5. Now, at “level 3”, at what point will Humboldt County have to reopen when reopened?
6. In the new district panel, can you explain what the epidemiological curve is according to the episode graph / data? What does this data mean compared to our number of cases documented each day? How do both numbers show the spread of the virus in Humboldt County?
7. According to the Humboldt County County Dashboard, 0% of our black community members tested positive for the virus. It’s true? Can you speculate why?
8. When the city of Eureka uses social media to invite tourists to the area and the upcoming street art festival with artists from other areas, the bathrobe and Dr. Frank’s visitors to Humboldt County? Previously, tourism was discouraged. How is it different from the arrival of tourist teams?
9. Yesterday, the board of the Fortuna University Center, with the support of a survey in which 55% of parents agreed, voted in favor of continuing in personal classes against the recommendation of the teachers’ union. Can you talk about your concerns, if any? And the recommendations you would give if you asked them? What are the strategies that could be used to reduce the transmission of the virus if they return in person according to plan? ”
10. Finally, if possible, what does current science offer, which speaks of the effects that non-attendance will have on children and on the necessary workforce?
11. How is it possible to safely care for an elderly COVID patient who is discharged from hospital care and is advised to isolate him at home?
12. Can a person who is negative for COVID be in the same household as someone who is positive for COVID? How?
13. What about traveling to take care of a loved one? (IE at the hospital says they will release my grandparent from the hospital for self-isolation at home, but she has no caregiver (no one to administer the medication, pick up RX, get her food / groceries, etc.). who would help the patient? Can the loved one travel to his / her region to take care of him / her and how could this endanger the loved one’s community upon return? Are you interested in how you can advise in this scenario.
14. Do face masks / masks improve breathing conditions at all when fire smoke is present?
15. Has anyone been exposed or reported to COVID-19 at any place of worship in Humboldt County?
16. Do health officials monitor different places of worship than other places with a certificate of opening?
17. How big is the contact monitoring team in Humboldt County?
18. Publications such as Forbes have published articles claiming that cannabis helps prevent and treat COVID19. Can you share what you know about this virus and marijuana?