COVID-19 Statistics | 27 Oct 2021 | Lost Coast Outpost

Humboldt County Public Health reported 68 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus to 9,293.

As of Tuesday, Humboldt County Public Health and other local vaccinators have administered a total of 158,334 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Local vaccination records are updated on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard (humboldtgov.org/dashboard). Highlights include:

  • Since the last weekly report on Oct. 21, 918 doses of vaccine have been administered and 475 additional residents have completed their vaccine series.
  • In total, 79,397 residents, or nearly 67% of the vaccine-eligible population aged 12 years and older, have been fully vaccinated.
  • Just over 73% of the vaccine-eligible population has received at least one dose.

Based on the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the completion of the vaccine series provides the highest protection against major illness, hospitalization and death. People who remain partially vaccinated, about 5% of Humboldt County residents, are strongly encouraged to complete the vaccination course to achieve full protection.

An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted yesterday to recommend emergency authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. A CDC advisory panel will meet next week to review and discuss the recommendations. In a news conference today, officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said they anticipate the vaccine’s release for this age group as early as next week.

The CDPH has also recommended that all eligible residents who are at increased risk for hospitalization and severe COVID-19 illness should receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster for at least six months after their second dose. The CDPH also recommended that adults who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a booster if it has been two months since their first dose.

The CDPH guideline states that eligible people can receive a single dose of any of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a “mix-and-match” booster dose upon completion of another primary vaccine series. Read the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Questions and Answers page to learn more about the booster recommendations and guidance from the state.

Boosters are offered at all Public Health vaccination clinics. Appointments are not mandatory but are recommended due to an increasing demand for supplemental doses and boosters. Sign up in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. For instructions in English and Spanish on how to use My Turn, visit humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo.

Vaccines are widely available at local pharmacies. Visit the vaccines.gov page to check the availability of a specific vaccine or booster, or text a zip code to 438829 to find a pharmacy that offers vaccines near you.

Public health officials recommend that residents, especially those who have not been vaccinated, get tested if they experience symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. Testing is available seven days a week through OptumServe in the Wharfinger building in Eureka and most weekdays at mobile locations across the province. For more information about testing, visit humboldtgov.org/covidtestregistration.

Due to the increasing use of home testing for COVID-19, Public Health encourages residents to report positive test results to better identify transmission of the virus in the community.

Those with a positive home test for COVID-19 should isolate and inform their closest contacts to limit the spread of disease. False positive test results are unlikely when an antigen test is used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, according to the CDC’s guidelines for antigen testing. Public health officials emphasize that positive home test results should be reported to a health care provider or to the public health department if there is no provider.

Individuals who need documentation of test results for work or travel can obtain PCR tests through Public Health or their healthcare providers. PCR follow-up tests for a rapid home test are most accurate 24 to 48 hours after an initial positive test at home. For more information, visit the Humboldt County Home-Testing FAQ, or call the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000.

The county’s vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. Residents who receive their first or second dose of vaccine at a Public Health office in Eureka, Willow Creek, or Garberville can choose a $25 Renner Petroleum or Coming Attractions Theaters gift card. Incentives are only offered in those locations on a first come, first served basis.

Please see the schedule below for specific vaccination and testing clinic dates, times, locations and available services:

Arcata — Thursday, October 28, 10am-4pm
Arcata Veterans Building (1425 J St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available

Petrolia — Friday, October 29, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mattole Resource Center (167 Sherman St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available

Honeydew — Friday, October 29, 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Honeydew Elementary School (1 Wilder Ridge Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available

McKinleyville — Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Church of the Happy Healer (1944 Central Ave.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available

Eureka — Monday, Nov 1. 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Closed from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Public Health Headquarters (529 I St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
No tests available
$25 gift card for those who receive a first or second dose

Willow Creek — Tuesday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available
$25 gift card for those who receive a first or second dose

Garberville — Wednesday, Nov 3, 10am to 3pm Closed from 12pm to 1pm
Public Health Bureau (727 Cedar St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available
$25 gift card for those who receive a first or second dose

Pfizer is authorized for individuals 12 years of age and older, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for individuals 18 years of age and older. County residents ages 16 and 17 can receive a vaccination at a public health clinic without the physical presence of a parent or guardian, as long as they have a signed consent form. Children under 16 must still be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

View the Data Dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to 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 covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or by calling 707-441-5000.

Register for COVID-19 Vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov
Check vaccine availability at a 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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