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Monday, January 24, 2022

COVID reports: One death, one new hospitalisation, 113 confirmed cases; Vaccines against Omicron offer more protection, officials say

Humboldt County Public Health today reported the death of a resident aged 80 or older due to COVID-19. Staff at the Department Operations Center extend their condolences to all those who have lost a loved one to the virus.

An additional 113 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, taking the total number of residents to 12,619 who have tested positive for the virus. A new hospitalization, a resident in his 70s, was also reported.

As of Tuesday, Public Health and other local vaccinators have given a total of 171,028 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Local vaccination data is updated on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard. Highlights include:

  • Since the last weekly report on January 5, a total of 973 vaccine doses were given, and an additional 477 residents completed their vaccine series.
  • As of Tuesday, about 63% of the county’s total population had been fully vaccinated.
  • A total of 85,372 residents, or approximately 71% of the county’s vaccine-eligible population aged 5 years and older, were fully vaccinated. About 7% of the population aged 5 years and older have been partially vaccinated as of this reporting period.

The California Department of Public Health has updated its guidance on isolation and quarantine for workplace settings, which aims to allow certain vaccinated people to work in specific conditions if they have been exposed to the virus and do not develop symptoms. .

State health officials recently expanded booster eligibility for children aged 12 to 15 if they have completed at least five months of their primary vaccination series. The appointment can be made on the state’s updated vaccination portal MyTurn.

As public health continues to monitor rising cases, officials say the highly permeable Omicron variant is rising rapidly in Humboldt County.

Health officials say hospitalizations, rather than the number of positive cases, are the best indicator of how recent cases are affecting the county. Vaccines and boosters provide an increased level of protection against Omicron, Delta, and other variants.

Individuals who have been fully vaccinated or outnumbered usually develop milder symptoms, shorter illness duration and have fewer hospitalizations and less severe outcomes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hospitalization rate based on immunization status, unvaccinated adults are 8 times more likely to be hospitalized than adults who are fully vaccinated. goes. The number is currently 17 times higher at the local level.

Public health officials continue to emphasize that residents, especially those who are unvaccinated, can do so in public settings by adhering to mask requirements, socially distancing, and by vaccination or promotion if eligible to do so. All continue to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19 types.

As always, Humboldt County vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. Although walk-ins are allowed at most routine public health clinics and many pharmacy vaccination sites, there have been delays in some places due to increased demand for boosters. As a result, there is a need for appointments to pediatric clinics and clinics in the main office of public health. Appointments are strongly recommended for all other clinics and are the best way to make sure a shot is available during your visit. Appointments can be made at MyTurn.ca.gov.

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Vaccines, including boosters, are available at local pharmacies. To check availability of a specific vaccine, visit the Vaccines.gov page to locate a nearest pharmacy offering vaccines, or text your zip code to 438829.

See the schedule below for specific public health vaccination and testing clinic dates, times, locations and services available. Questions about clinic services may be directed to the Joint Information Center at 1-707-441-5000.

Fortuna – Wednesday, January 12, noon to 6 p.m.
Fortuna River Lodge (1800 Riverwalk Drive)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
There is no rapid testing available in this clinic. PCR testing is offered through Optumserve by appointment only at Fortuna River Lodge.
Appointments for vaccination are strongly recommended.

Eureka – Thursday, January 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Full
Redwoods Gym Lobby College (7351 Tompkins Hill Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid testing available on first come first serve basis
Appointments for vaccination are strongly recommended.

Petrolia – Friday, January 14, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mattol Valley Resource Center (167 Sherman St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid testing available on first come first serve basis
Appointments for vaccination are strongly recommended.

Honeydew – Friday, January 14, 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Honeydew Elementary School (1 Wilder Ridge Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid testing available on first come first serve basis
Appointments for vaccination are strongly recommended.

Redway – Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Healy Senior Center (456 Bryceland Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid testing available on first come first serve basis
Appointments for vaccination are strongly recommended.

Eureka – Tuesday, January 18, 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
age 12 and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
no test available
$25 gift card for adults receiving first or second dose
appointments are required.

Eureka Pediatric Clinic — Tuesday, January 18, 1:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
ages 5 to 11
pfizer only
no test available
appointments are required.

Willow Creek – Tuesday, January 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid testing available on first come first serve basis
$25 gift card for adults receiving first or second dose
Appointments for vaccination are strongly recommended.

Arcata – Wednesday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
D Street Neighborhood Center (1301 D St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid testing available on first come first serve basis
Appointments for vaccination are strongly recommended.

View the data dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or visit humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download past data. For the latest COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or by contacting [email protected] or by calling 1-707-441-5000.

Sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov
Check Vaccine Availability at Local Pharmacy: Vaccines.gov
Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/Dashboard
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