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‘The Numbers Have Not Been Going Down, Locally’: Dr. Hoffman Takes Media Questions on the State’s ‘Surprise’ Downgrade of Humboldt County to a Less Restrictive COVID Tier | Lost Coast Outpost


#Today #Dr. #Ian #Hoffman, #Humboldt #County’s health officer, took questions on the state’s “surprise” decision to move #Humboldt #County down into the COVID red tier, making it one of only four counties in the state in anything less than the highest level of concern — and the only one of those four not also subject to a regional stay-at-home order.

#Video above, rough transcript below.

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#From the #Redwood #News: “Could you please explain why you disagree with the state’s methodology
to move #Humboldt #County back to the red tier?”

#Sure, well, let me talk about the different ways that we look at data.
The state CDPH has a methodology that looks at the data with a seven-day lag, plus two
more days, because it takes them that long to get the data.
#So we’re really looking at data that’s nine days old.
#Here in #Humboldt #County we get the data directly on a nearly daily basis.
#So we’re looking at the data in real time and to give you an example, currently our
case count is about 100 over what they have at the state.

#From the #Lost #Coast #Outpost: “If the county doesn’t agree with the state’s decision to
put us in the red tier, the health officer has the authority to keep higher, purple tier
restrictions in place with a local order.
#Why don’t you do that?”

#So this is a balancing act that many health officials and health officers have had to
walk, this very fine line throughout the course of this pandemic.
A health order is one tool in the toolbox and it’s it’s not a delicate one, it’s a very
strong one and it’s one that there isn’t much enthusiasm for right now in our community.
#We need buy-in if anything’s going to change.
#So regardless of the tier that we’re in, there are things that we can do to keep our community
safe.

#Businesses that can open may choose not to and they may choose to protect their customers
and their staff given the uncertainty around all this and given the uncertainty that we
could return to purple tier or regional stay-at-home orders.
#People may choose to gather but they may choose to keep their household safe by not gathering
and churches may decide not to reopen indoor services.
#We at #Public #Health have never seen the numbers look worse and what we’re hearing from a lot
of the people in the community is that they understand this and they continue to act as
if we’re in the purple tier while we’re in the red tier.

#From the #Redheaded #Blackbelt: “With #Humboldt being in the less restrictive red tier, is
there a travel restriction in place between counties which might inhibit non-essential
travel and prevent people in other areas of the state from taking a winter break trip
to the only county in the state with open restaurants and other venues available to
the public?”

#So red versus purple tier does not affect the travel restrictions.
There is a statewide travel advisory that none of us should be traveling outside of
our home area and that applies to all of #California and then for the rest of #California outside
of #Northern #California, there is a regional #Stay-at-Home order which says you shouldn’t,
you shouldn’t travel out of your home except for essential work or essential needs in the
community.

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#So currently in #Northern #California if you were to travel it’s recommended you stay in
your county or that you drive no more than two to three hours from your home and that
that should really be for essential travel or you know, getting outdoors, going on hikes
going to the beaches, those sorts of things are still highly encouraged because we want
to stay healthy and active during this time.

#From the #Redheaded #Blackbelt: “As for the potential of seeing outside visitors coming
to #Humboldt in light of these new adjustments to the tier status do you have a concern about
#Airbnb rentals continuing to operate locally? #In regard to visitors during the #New #Year holiday weekend, what oversight, if any, is
there on travel into the county for recreational purposes and vacationing?”

#So as I mentioned previously, statewide, county travel advisory, any region that’s in a regional
#Stay-at-Home order is a part of that order is to stay at home and not travel away from
your home and you know, really there’s jurisdictional oversight in each of the jurisdictions that
would be in charge of any enforcement of those orders.

#From the #Redheaded #Blackbelt: “What advice would you give to restaurant owners who are
questioning the reopening allowance and if it is worthwhile to reopen if only to be shut
down again in the next few days considering that planning for food prep, storage, staffing,
deliveries, etc. is costly and time-consuming?”

I would strongly caution anyone with a restaurant right now who is planning to to reopen that
they should be concerned that this could be reversed.
#As I’ve mentioned we could, you know, trigger regional #Stay-at-Home orders very easily and
that goes into effect immediately.
#In addition if our numbers go up instead of going down the red tier can certainly be turned
back into the purple tier, which would limit indoor dining.

#From the #Times-Standard: “Dr. #Hoffman on #Tuesday expressed strong disagreement with the state’s
decision to move #Humboldt #County from the purple, widespread COVID risk tier to the
less restrictive, red substantial tier.
#Is the county moving to tier adjudication?”

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There is no process for tier adjudication in that direction.
The tier adjudication process is for moving to more restrictive tiers.

#From KMUD #News: #Now that #Humboldt is in the red tier what can be allowed for indoor shopping
and indoor dining?”

#So all this can be found on the #Blueprint for #Safer #Economy website.
#If you have any more questions definitely check that out.
#But indoor retail goes to 50 percent, indoor dining is allowed at 25 percent in the red
tier.

#Also from KMUD #News: #Do you predict #Humboldt will move back into the purple tier?
#What would trigger re-designation?”

#Very difficult to say for sure. #Again: #All along the numbers have looked like they have
not been going down locally so we are concerned about that.
The thing that would trigger going back into the purple tier would be the state’s numbers
going up 15 percent over the next few weeks and I do think that’s likely.



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