COVID-19 State of Emergency

Current SituationCOVID Germ smallThere are currently 302* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County. As of March 20, 2020 a county-wide Shelter In Place order is in effect, as well as a state-wide Stay At Home order from Governor Newsom.

If you must leave your home for an essential reason, it is asked that you maintain a social distance of 6 feet between you and anyone not in your household. It is also imperative that everyone practice good hand washing technique by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You should wash your hands frequently and especially after being in public or touching frequently touched surfaces. If you do not have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer can be used.


*Please check Humboldt Health Alert for the most recent number of active cases

City of Fortuna State of Emergency Proclamation

City of Fortuna Press Releases
03-20-20 COVID-19 Press Release: Essential Infrastructure
03-20-20 COVID-19 Press Release: Shelter-in-Place and State of Emergency
03-17-20 COVID-19 Press Release: Service Disruptions
03-13-20 COVID-19 Press Release: Gathering Guidance

California Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Johns Hopkins University Global COVID-19 Case Map

Business Resiliency Emergency Loan Program

In response to business impacts related to COVID-19, the City of Fortuna is committed to providing financial support to Fortuna's businesses to help them weather the resulting economic downturn. On April 6, 2020, the Fortuna City Council adopted Resolution No. 2020-14, which creates an emergency business loan fund for a rapid response to COVID-19 impacts on local businesses. Loans of up to $25,000 are available to Fortuna businesses under the following general framework:

  1. They have a demonstrated reduction in income due to COVID-19.
  2. They are not able to secure a traditional bank loan.
  3. They meet with a SBDC business advisor (standing by today) to review the best use of funds to shore up their businesses.
  4. The loans will a five year term with payments deferred for 6 months and will require 2.5% simple interest.
  5. All loans will be underwritten and serviced by the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC).
The City Council meeting in which this Resolution was adopted can be viewed here. Additional information regarding the program can be found here.

Existing RREDC customers can apply by completing the following application: Fortuna Emergency Loan Application
New RREDC customers can apply by completing the following application: RREDC Emergency Loan Application

When both the RREDC loan application and the City of Fortuna application are completed, and all your information is together, the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) will send you a link to a secure website to upload the data. Please DO NOT EMAIL THE RREDC APPLICATION as email is not secure! However, FBID will be taking a copy of the City of Fortuna Application when you complete it (please omit the SSN) and send it to FBID Executive Director Dianna Rios. The information will be compiled into a spreadsheet for the City Manager and the City Finance Director. 

As part of the loan process, you need to be working at the North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC). If you have not started there, please sign up for an email list Then, call the North Coast SBDC to request a business advisor for help with funding during COVID-19. The number to call is (707) 445-9720, and


If you have questions about the Fortuna Business Resiliency Emergency Loan Program, please contact Dianna Rios or Merritt Perry.

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