Today, the Humboldt County Joint Information Center reached out to the cannabis community with a message about the dangers of COVID spreading among the industry. Dr. Teresa Frankovich warned them in the video above that the testing labs “are seeing some COVID cases in this community.” (See below for full transcript.)
She assured people in the cannabis business, “We want to make sure people understand that Public Health’s interest in this is simply to protect workers and the community at large.” She goes on to urge testing and offer information on what to do if you are experiencing symptoms.
On June 24, we received word that nine people working in the cannabis industry in Southern Humboldt but living elsewhere in the county had tested positive for COVID-19. Citing concerns for privacy, Frankovich refused to confirm that this was true. However, she did say that people are counted in their home area. The bulk of those testing positive that week were located in the greater Humboldt Bay area which includes the population centers of Arcata, Eureka, and Fortuna thus making it likely that the workers traveled from there to Southern Humboldt.
On June 30, the Humboldt County Joint Information Center released a tip sheet for cannabis employers:
If you work in or have contact with those working in the cannabis industry, please consider getting tested and following the tips provided.
Below is a transcript of what Frankovich said in the video:
I’m Dr. Terri Frankovich and this is the COVID minute. I just wanted to take a moment to reach out to individuals working in the cannabis industry in our county and let them know that we have been concerned because we are seeing some cases in this community, and we want to make sure people understand that Public Health’s interest in this is simply to protect workers and the community at large.
If you’re interested in being tested, you can go to our county website. You can call the Joint Information Center at 441-5000. Or, if you’re ill and concerned, I would suggest calling your health care provider. If you don’t have a health care provider, call the Health Department at 268-2182. That’s our confidential communicable disease line and a nurse will be able to speak with you and help arrange testing.
And this is your COVID minute.
Here’s a screengrab showing contact information: