COVID-19 Info Page

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Humboldt County, please visit:

 https://humboldtgov.org/2018/Humboldt-Health-Alert. 

For additional multilingual COVID-19 Fact Sheets, please visit: https://covid19healthliteracyproject.com/#languages. 

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Mask up!

Wash hands frequently! 

COVID-19 and Public Charge:

What Immigrant Communities Need to Know

All of us have a role to play in keeping our communities healthy. This is especially true when our communities face a public health emergency like COVID-19. Immigrant families may be wondering which resources are available to them during this time. Below is some information about immigrants’ rights in health care settings:

 

  • It is safe and smart to see the doctor if you need care.

    • Immigration officials have announced that testing and care for COVID-19 will not count under the Trump administration’s “public charge” policy

    • ICE has also announced that it will not carry out enforcement operations near hospitals, coronavirus testing sites, or other health care facilities.

    • Your doctor is required to honor your right to privacy.

  • You can still see a doctor without medical insurance.

    • This includes care you receive in the emergency room, at community and migrant health centers, free clinics, and public hospitals.

    • If you don’t have a doctor, call a local community health center for assistance.  You can find a health center here: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

    • You do not need to share any information about your immigration status unless you apply for Medicaid or other health coverage for yourself.

  • CLICK HERE to learn more about your rights when accessing health services.

    • If you feel your rights or the rights of someone you know have been violated, you can file an immigration enforcement civil rights complaint. To learn more about filing a complaint, click here

 

 

ON PUBLIC CHARGE:

On February 24, the Trump administration implemented a new wealth test for people applying for their green card. This wealth test -- also known as the public charge test -- affects only a select group of immigrants. Here are the facts on public charge:

 

  • Public charge does not apply to all immigrants. To learn more about who is affected by the rule, visit Protecting Immigrant Families or Keep Your Benefits.

  • Many federally-funded health and nutrition programs are NOT included in the public charge test - and are still safe to use. These include:

    • Emergency Medicaid

    • State and locally funded health care

    • Community Health Centers

    • Disaster assistance

    • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) replacement for school meals

    • Disaster SNAP (also known as D-SNAP or disaster food stamps)

    • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    • Unemployment insurance

    • “Recovery Rebates” authorized under the “CARES Act” pandemic relief law

    • The Paycheck Protection Program and other U.S. Small Business Administration loans authorized under the CARES Act

    • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

    • School meals (free and reduced price lunch)

    • Food banks and homeless shelters

    • Child care related services

  • A family member’s use of public benefits will not affect an immigrant’s green card application. There is no benefit to dis-enrolling U.S. citizens or other eligible family members from health and nutrition programs.

 

For more information, visit www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org and learn more about how to keep our communities healthy and strong.

Redwoods Rural Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

As a vital component of the nation's health care safety net, Redwoods Rural Health Center is playing an important role in delivering critical services and assisting our local community during the COVID-19 emergency.  

We ask all patients (medical and dental) to be pre-screened in a separate room prior to checking in, as an additional safety measure necessary for reopening and to protect the most vulnerable. We ask that you please arrive 10 to 15 minutes earlier to accommodate the new process. As usual, masks or facial coverings are required, temperature check will be conducted, and a team member will assess a questionnaire. Thank you for keeping our community safe! (Exception are perinatal patients, please see Perinatal & Child Well Visits section below).

 

MEDICAL:

*We continue to offer medical telelealth appointments (via phone and video to established patients. We further encourage patients to return for routine care and non-urgent visits (chronic conditions, preventive visits, well child exams). Call 707-923-2783 to schedule medical telehealth or physical appointments. See RRHC COVID-19 Prevention Activities section below for our preventive measures. 

*RRHC offers drive-up COVID-19 testing for clients who meet the CDC criteria Please call triage nurse for pre-screening first:  707-923-2783. Due to the increase in active cases and corresponding shortage of tests, we are unable to offer surveillance testing to public at large.  As the situation improves, we will resume testing asymptomatics, starting with essential workers and first responders. Stay tuned for more information regarding this. 

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS & REFILLS:

*RRHC can process medication refills without an appointment. Patients should call the pharmacy first to request a refill. For patients prescribed schedule 2 medications, RRHC will try to refill medications electronically, if the pharmacy allows. If patients are part of RRHC’s medication delivery program, they are encouraged to call RRHC and we can meet them in the parking lot to curb-deliver their medications.

MOBILE MEDICAL OFFICE (MMO) in WHITETHORN:

*Mobile Medical clinic is open every Wednesday from 9am to 12:30pm. MMO is located in Whitethorn Construction yard. Call 707-923-2783 to schedule a visit at MMO in Whitethorn. All services and exams regularly available at the Redway clinic are available at the Mobile office as well. 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH:

*We continue to offer Behavioral Health appointments for established patients via phone or video only. If you would like to meet with your therapist via secure video chat, please call RRHC in advance of your appointment to set-up the connection. Behavioral Health team is taking limited number of new patients. Call 707-923-2783 to schedule Behavioral Health appointment today.

DENTAL:

*Dental Clinic is open 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, regular business hours, and current patients can call the office to speak with dental staff before scheduling an appointment. If you are in pain, have infection, swelling and/or broken teeth call RRHC Dental at 707-923-4313 to schedule your appointment. 

We are also scheduling dental hygiene appointments!

PERINATAL & WELL CHILD VISITS: 

*RRHC encourages expecting and new mothers to continue Perinatal Services at Redwoods Rural Health Center. Perinatal checks-ups are vital for the health of expecting moms and babies as well as new moms and babies.  Regular check-ups are one of the best ways to detect physical, developmental, behavioral and emotional problems, so babies and children can grow up happy and healthy.

 

RRHC has created an alternative entryway as well as separate exam rooms used specifically for young children and expecting mothers. Please give us a call if you have questions or to schedule your recommended perinatal care.  

ACUPUNCTURE: 

*Acupuncture is now open! McKinleyville office is open Tuesday through Thursday; Redway clinic is open Friday only. 

NUTRITION:

*Nutrition is now open regular hours. Phone appointments are encouraged. Please call Gina Paine at 707-923-2783 to schedule a nutrition & lifestyle education visit. 

RRHC's COVID-19 Prevention Activities

  • RRHC established a mandatory pre-screening  of all patients in a separate room prior to checking in, as an additional safety measure necessary for reopening and to protect the most vulnerable. We ask that you please arrive 10 to 15 minutes earlier to accommodate the new process. As usual, masks or facial coverings are required, temperature check will be conducted, and a team member will assess a questionnaire.

  • RRHC continues to implement the latest CDC guidelines. Some of the implemented safety measures include:

    • strategically placed sanitation stations 

    • installed physical barriers (e.g. plexiglass)

    • strategically placed HEPA air purifiers

    • compliance with mandatory facial coverings for staff and all patients

    • strategically spaced outdoor seating 

    • remote check-in of patients upon arrival

    • screening upon entry; patients, staff, vendors

    • alternate entryways for perinatal and well child visits, and more.

  • RRHC front desk and back office staff will help to ensure the door handles, counters, lobby chairs and other common spaces are wiped down with CaviCide wipes on an hourly basis. Employees are to wear gloves when using CaviCide wipes. All stethoscopes and other equipment is disinfected between each patient. Masks are worn at all times. 

  • Patients who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home.  RRHC can provide telephone and video visits for these clients as well as other patients. 

  • RRHC can process medication refills without an appointment. Patients should call the pharmacy first to request a refill. For patients prescribed schedule 2 medications, RRHC will try to refill medications electronically, if the pharmacy allows.

  • If patients are part of RRHC’s medication delivery program, they are encouraged to call RRHC and we can meet them in the parking lot to deliver their medications.

  • Dental is open  Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, though some aerosol procedures are still postponed.  

  • School based services are postponed until the schools reopen. ​

  • RRHC is actively monitoring our PPE supplies and looking at alternative sourcing options, should protective equipment and sterilization supplies become limited or unavailable.

NEW: COVID-19 Tenant Relief ACT of 2020

Medical Department Hours:

Monday -  Friday     8:20 am - 5:30 pm

Dental Department Hours:
Monday -  Friday     8:0
0 am - 5:30 pm

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Medical: 707-923-2783
Dental: 707-923-4313