For this type of report, the Emergency Operations Center takes the questions from the media, and staff reads them on camera to officials for their response. The resulting video, called a Media Availability, is then provided to news outlets at the end of the day.
Here are some of the main points covered in the October 16th Media Availability session with a summary of answers from Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich, followed by questions we would have liked to ask in response if appropriate.
Question by The North Coast Journal: We understand the OptumServe site has been extended by the state at least through November, but that its status beyond then is uncertain. If the site were to close, how would that impact overall testing capacity in Humboldt County and public health’s ability to set up mobile testing in outlying areas?
Answer by Dr. Frankovich:
Well, it’s correct. Right now we understand it…