Indications at a protest in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse in early May refuted adhering to government orders and revealed hostility to the head of the Public Health Department. [Crop of a photo by Mark McKenna]
The stress of COVID-19 infection that eventually eliminated four locals at Alder Bay Assisted Living supposedly started with a methamphetamine dealer who dismissed public healths advice and refused to separate himself, Humboldt County Public Health Nurse Erica Dykehouse apparently informed famous author Michael Lewis, who was penning a column for Bloomberg.
Lewis column, “Confessions of a California COVID Nurse,” concentrates on Dykehouses contact tracing examinations, in which she works backwards from a positive COVID-19 test, looking for everybody the new favorable case may have exposed to the fatal virus. It offers some illuminating insight into the task, as a well as a level of information about cases that local authorities to date have declined to offer.
Humboldt County Joint Information Center lead public details officer Heather Muller declined to confirm the case-specific information of Lewis reporting.
” Some pieces of details were shown the press reporter that might compromise the personal privacy of those involved,” Muller wrote in an e-mail to the Journal. “Because of that, the Joint Information Center can not confirm this information.”
In other places in the column, Dykehouse is priced estimate as saying that while requirements has changed repeatedly throughout the pandemic, because June her contact investigations have usually concentrated on a single question: Who have you been within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes? Aside from the case-specific information, the largest takeaway from the column is Dykhouse stating more and more people are no longer complying with contact examinations and are rather hanging up on her, not returning her calls or lashing out.
A lot of these individuals are getting their medical info off Facebook, said Erica. Its the very first time in this job Im experiencing individuals hanging up on me– except with STDs, said Erica. We feel like were losing control of the scenario, one of the county health officers stated.
In her e-mail to the Journal, Muller said Dykehouses views do not necessarily show those of the county.
” The interview shows the impressions and experiences of the employee who took part in it and does not always show the more comprehensive experience of Public Health staff members or the status of the ongoing operation,” she wrote before rotating to stressing the significance of timely testing. “When a county as small as ours gets a particularly big cluster of cases we run the risk of overwhelming our resources. This is why testing and contact tracing are so important.”.
Since July 1, Humboldt County has confirmed 95 brand-new COVID-19 cases, 42 percent of the countys overall caseload to date.
Lewis is the author of more than a dozen books, including Liars Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short and Flash Boys. His full Bloomberg column deserves a read and can be found here.
” Two cases stuck in Ericas mind. One was a couple in their 70s, both possibly infectious. She d found them, told them to quarantine, and they had actually turned right around and hosted a huge Fourth of July BBQ. She found them either dismissive or outright impolite when she attempted to get in touch with guests who may have been infected. “You have these whole little socials media that are hostile,” she stated. “Most of the time they are courteous enough just to hang up. Im trying to establish a thick skin.”
The other case that stuck in her head was the meth dealership. The Public Health nurses had actually gotten to him quickly after he d been contaminated and, though he was dismissive of their advice, said he would isolate himself. Erica suspected he was still slipping out in the evening, and her suspicion was validated when he infected a pal of his, who in turn infected his daughter-in-law. The friends daughter-in-law, who had no signs, went to her job at Alder Bay Assisted Living, a nursing house in Eureka. More than a dozen employee and citizens ended up being contaminated. Four died.”
Signs at a protest in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse in early May argued versus complying with government orders and expressed hostility to the head of the Public Health Department. The Public Health nurses had actually gotten to him quickly after he d been infected and, though he was dismissive of their advice, said he would separate himself. A lot of these individuals are getting their medical details off Facebook, stated Erica. Its the first time in this job Im experiencing people hanging up on me– except with STDs, said Erica. We feel like were losing control of the scenario, one of the county health officers said.