Community Updates

Community Updates & Press Releases
For daily updates of case counts, please see our home page

4/6/2020: Del Norte Public Health Officer Dr. Warren Rehwaldt gives a community update regarding COVID-19. There are currently 2 confirmed cases in Del Norte, and he asks that we continue to do what we are doing as a community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. He also explains the importance of the shelter in place order to keep from having a pandemic in CA. There are now 3 confirmed cases in the neighboring Curry County, OR as well.  

4/2/2020: Del Norte Public Health Officer Dr. Warren Rehwaldt informs the community of the first positive COVID-19 test in Del Norte County. He also gives updates on the recommendations of wearing cloth masks in public. Read the full letter. (Spanish)

4/1/2020: Del Norte Public Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt gives an update on the current status of COVID-19 for Del Norte County. We are still one of ten counties in California who have not had a positive test for COVID-19. In this community update he offers tips for going outdoors while still following social distancing guidelines. He thanks business owners in the community for their participation in the closures, and reminds business to follow the guidelines. (Spanish)    

3/27/2020: Del Norte Public Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt ordered a declaration that all businesses that provide short term stays including hotels/motels, RV parks and private campgrounds, and similar lodging or housing shall not provide sleeping accommodations to any person for a period of less than 30 days, unless they have an exemption to the order due to COVID-19. Please read the full press release

03/23/20: Our Public Health Officer offers insight on the recent changes with Italy and Spain, and how we can try to stop this from becoming a epidemic for the health care system in the United States. He expresses the importance of following the shelter in place issued by the Governor of CA, and how it affects our community, and families at large. Read the full Public Health Officer Letter (English, Spanish, Hmong)  

03/19/20: We are updating our community on the recent public health emergency declaration, which included an order from our Public Health Officer, as well as discussing the testing situation, mandatory social distancing and closing dine-in features, and a request for those who have had and will cold or flu symptoms. 

03/17/2020: Del Norte County Public Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, has declared a Public Health Emergency in conjunction with 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

03/16/2020: Our health officer provides clarification and guidance about social distancing and testing in our community in our latest community update, with recommendations on social contact, traveling, preparedness, children at home, and our elderly population.  

03/16/2020: The School Board unanimously voted yesterday to close all Del Norte Unified District Schools from Monday, March 16 through April 10, with Spring Break remaining as scheduled from April 13-17. At this point, schools will resume as planned on Monday, April 20th. Please read the full press release. DNUSD Nutrition Services will still be providing meals for students. For more information, please see the food services release and bus schedule for food delivery. 

03/12/2020: In order to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of CVOID-19, CDPH recommends certain gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state of California for at least the remainder of the month of March. Del Norte County residents are asked to follow these recommendations now. View our press release and CDPH's guidance

03/09/20: We are urging our community to takes steps to prepare for the arrival of coronavirus (COVID19) in our county and be conscientious of new testing. We need to do everything we can as a community to make sure that those who are at greatest risk are still with us when the outbreak is all over. Please read the community update from our health officer. 

03/08/2020: The results of the suspected case of COVID-19 returned and are negative. There was no evidence of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please read our Press Release from 03/08/2020. 

03/05/2020: There is currently one suspected and unconfirmed case of a Del Norte County resident with symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please read our press release from 03/05/2020.

03/03/2020: The CDC is still the deciding authority on whether a patient should be tested and all requests must go through the local health department. As of this morning, we have received no requests from local healthcare partners to test any patients as no patients have yet been suspected of carrying the virus. 

02/26/2020: We are encouraging Del Norte County residents to be familiar with what we know about COVID-19 and ways our community can prepare to reduce risk. Learn more about how to prepare here. Please read our press release from 02-26-2020

02/25/2020: The CDC has issued travel notices and created a new travel webpage specifically for COVID-19. Travel notices are changing often, so please check the CDC website for the most updated information.  

02/21/2020: We understand that our community is concerned about the recent confirmed case and a suspected case of COVID-19 in Humboldt County. We would like to reassure the public that the risk remains low for both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. For more information, please read our press release from 02/21/2020. 

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