Public Health

Public Health
Del Norte County Public Health is engaged in a broad range of activities designed to promote good health in individuals, families and the community. We provide clinical and preventive services, and work with local health care providers and other community partners to connect people with the resources they need. 

We educate, advise, coach, and guide people toward healthier lives for themselves and their families. We plan and prepare for emergency situations and keep vital records of changes in our population and analyze health data.

Public Health services are available to all the residents of Del Norte County. 

Temporary Changes in Service Due to COVID-19 Pandemic:

As of March 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm, all county offices are closed to the public. Services are available through each specific department. Please see the notice for points of contact for each DHHS branch. 

Public Health services are still available by appointment. Please call 707-464-0861 during our hours of business: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm. 

Health Update: Novel Coronavirus

Del Norte County Public Health is working closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. The department is taking action to protect the public and keep the community informed.​​ 

Del Norte County Public Health is not directly collecting specimens from patients. Decisions about testing should be made by the healthcare provider, in consultation with the Health Officer as needed. 

Daily Update of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Del Norte County 

Friday, March 27, 2020                                                                      05:13 pm 

Total Number of Tests Administered                                                         48

Number of Pending Tests Results                                                              9

Number of Negative Tests                                                                         39

Number of Positive COVID-19 Cases                                                        0

As testing capacity increases, so does the difficulty in tracking each and every test administered. These results reflect the approximate number of tests.

Stay at Home Order

On the evening of March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order for all Californians. This order went into effect immediately and is in place until further notice. For more information about the order, please visit the state's website. We will give more local guidance soon. 

Public Health Officials Declare Emergency

On March 17, 2020, Del Norte County Public Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, declared a Public Health Emergency in conjunction with a Local Emergency declared by County Administrative Officer, Jay Sarina. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community, but officials are preparing for its inevitable presence. Read the full press release, the Declaration of a Local Public Health Emergency, and the Proclamation of a Local Emergency

Homemade Masks

If you would like to volunteer to sew masks, please follow this guidance

If you have questions, check this list of our most frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus situation in Del Norte County.
Read letters from our Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, to the community and see our press releases regarding COVID-19.
Handouts, posters, flyers about coronavirus and hand-washing as well as guidance for specific populations, such as businesses, restaurants, schools, etc. 

For more information, please visit the CDC website or the CDPH website

Alerts and updates are given to the community regarding specific and general health concerns and situations.

Del Norte County is currently undergoing its very first Community Health Assessment in order to better understand the health needs of our community. Keep yourself updated in our process. 
Del Norte County Public Health coordinates several committees and coalitions dedicated to improving the health in our community.
Del Norte County Public Health has a variety of programs and services focusing on the prevention of disease and the promotion of healthy behaviors in the community. For a quick look at our programs and services, download our brochure.
Del Norte County Public Health serves local health providers by providing resources on relevant topics such as Communicable Disease, Immunizations, Maternal and Infant Health, etc. 

Now Hiring!

Del Norte County Public Health is hiring and entry-level and experienced Public Health Nurse (PHN) and Registered Nurse (RN)! Explore our current vacancies. We'd love to have you as part of our team! 

Heather Snow 

Warren Rehwaldt, MD
Public Health Officer

Public Health Branch

Del Norte County 
Department of Health & Human Services
Public Health Branch

400 L Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone: (707) 464-0861
Fax: (707) 465-6701

Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm