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Beginning with this report, as part of our effort to inform the communities we serve, the Curry Coastal Pilot and Del Norte Triplicate will begin making a daily report, at about 6 p.m., with the latest relevant information about COVID-19.

Although the communities we serve are in two different counties and two different states, residents frequently travel to neighboring communities for work and shopping. The virus is not contained by city, county or state boundaries. And we all need to know the rules at play in the jurisdictions we might visit.

Unless there is urgent information that must be shared, we plan to make just one post daily with the best information we can gather — and compile what is relevant for our Friday print editions.

If you have a suggestion for information you would like to see in this daily (Monday through Friday) report, please send an email to: piloteditor@countrymedia.net.

The information here is as of late afternoon Tuesday, July 13. Unfortunately, all jurisdictions do not report information in the same format, so some information has not been provided for us to share:

California and Del Norte County

California, updated July 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. with data from July 13:

Tests reported — 5,674,955

Total cases — 336,508 (2.2% increase)

Total deaths — 7,087 (0.7% increase)

On July 13, California imposed some restrictions statewide, including Del Norte County. This included shutting down indoor dine-in restaurants and bars. In other counties, especially in Central and Southern California, further restrictions are in place. Get the latest information about rules for various counties online here

Del Norte County reported no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today and said all active cases have completed the self-isolation period and are recovered. The county is experiencing a delay in reporting of results from commercial labs. Due to this delay in local health departments receiving test results, the community is encouraged to be vigilant in following social distancing guidelines, wearing face coverings in public and minimizing contact with those outside your household.

New confirmed COVID-19 cases: 0

Current hospitalizations: 0

Total tests: 3032

Total confirmed cases: 61

Total active cases: 0

Total inactive cases: 61

Total hospitalizations: 2

Total deaths: 0

Transmission

Contact to a Known Case: 43 cases (70%)

Travel-Acquired: 1 cases (2%)

Community Transmission: 17 cases (28%)

Under Investigation: 0 cases (0%)

Gender

Males: 30 cases (49%)

Females: 31 cases (51%)

Age Range

0-17 years: 16 cases (26%)

18-49 years: 34 cases (56%)

50-64 years: 7 cases (11%)

65+ years: 4 cases (7%)

Mean Age: 32

Symptomatic Cases: 35 cases (57%)

Asymptomatic Cases: 26 cases (43%)

Passive Case Finding: 24 cases (39%)

Active Case Finding: 37 cases (61%)

For more information about these numbers is available here.

Oregon and Curry County

COVID-19 has claimed seven more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 244, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. The last time Oregon saw seven deaths in a single day was on April 28.

OHA reported 380 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 statewide as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 12,805.

OHA did not report any new cases in Curry County and there has been no report of new cases in the county since July 7.

Oregon's new cases are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (21), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Coos (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (9), Douglas (2), Hood River (3), Jackson (7), Jefferson (2), Josephine (6), Klamath (2), Lane (8), Linn (2), Malheur (35), Marion (46), Morrow (7), Multnomah (76), Polk (1), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (76), Union (3), Wasco (3), Washington (53) and Yamhill (6).

Oregon data as of July 14, 2020, 12:01 a.m. (data is now updated Monday through Friday):

Total cases — 12,8051

Total deaths — 244

Positive tests — 12,151

Negative tests — 292,651

Total tested — 304,802

On Monday, July 13, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown mandated that face masks be work in outdoor public spaces whenever a social distance of six-feet between people cannot be mandated. The order is effective Wednesday, July 15. Oregon has a three-phase plan for reopening the state, with requirements that counties must meet so certain activities can resume. Curry County has been in Phase 2 since June 5. Subject to public health guidelines, physical distancing, gathering size limits, and sanitization guidelines, the following activities may be allowed in Phase 2: Recreational sports; pools; venues like movie theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades; some additional in-office work; bars and restaurants able to stay open until midnight; social, civic, and faith-based gatherings can meet in larger, physically-distanced groups.

More Oregon data is available here

Information about the three-phase reopening plan is available here

The latest data from Curry County is as of July 10, 2020:

Active positive cases — 2

Recovered cases — 7

Negative cases — 777

Completed tests — 786

Deaths — 0

The latest information from Curry County is posted here

Pelican Bay State Prison

Although Pelican Bay State Prison is in California, employees live in both Del Norte and Curry counties. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation maintains a website with the latest information about efforts to control COVID-19 at facilities throughout the state, including PBSP, and updates data regularly for both staff and inmates here.

As of information available at the time of this posting, there been no reports of confirmed positive tests of Pelican Bay inmates and only two confirmed positive employees, both of whom were reported to have recovered and returned to work. According to data from July 13:

  • There are 2,423 incarcerated persons with active cases of COVID-19 statewide. To view more detailed case and testing information, see the CDCR and CCHCS Patient Testing Tracker.
  • There are currently 755 active CDCR/CCHCS employee COVID-19 cases statewide (1,270 cumulative; 515 returned to work).The Employee Tracker has data about CDCR staff by facility.
  • There are currently 78 incarcerated persons receiving medical care at outside health care facilities across the state.
  • There have been three COVID-related staff deaths:
    May 30, staff member from California Rehabilitation Center
    June 3, staff member from Ironwood State Prison
    July 13, staff member from North Kern State Prison
  • There have been 35 inmate deaths.

CDCR is engaged in testing employees statewide and tested at PBSP yesterday and today. Results will be provided to employees and if there are confirmed positives, they will be reported to the county health department.

Across the country

The Centers for Disease Control keeps tab on COVID-19 across the country.

Information updated on July 14, 2020, showed:

  • Total cases — 3,355,457 (58,858 new cases since the day before)
  • Total deaths — 135,235 (351 deaths since the day before).

Around the world

The World Health Organization publishes a regular situation report with a great amount of detail about COVID-19 around the world.

The July 14, 2020, report is here

Of 12,964,809 cases, a total of 196,775 had been reported in the previous 24 hours. Of 570,288 deaths, 3,634 had been reported in the previous 24 hours.

About COVID-19

Basic information about COVID-19 is available at the Centers for Disease Control website

What you need to know

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Symptoms may include:

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This website has a handy self-checker questionnaire

Testing

Del Norte County provides a website here with information about testing, which includes some options for Oregon residents, as well as California residents. As of today, the information may be a little dated, but it's a good start if you would like to be tested.

CVS Pharmacy in Crescent City also provides testing, appointment required, for California residents only. Information here

In Curry County, check this website for testing information.

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