Thursday, July 7, 2022

COVID report: Six new cases, man in his 50s hospitalized

Humboldt County Public Health today reported six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of residents to 10,658 who have tested positive for the virus. A new hospitalization was also reported by a resident in his 50s.

State health officials are encouraging Californians to enjoy the holidays, but urging residents to get vaccinated and promoted to protect themselves from Delta and Omicron variants. Residents 5 years of age and older are eligible for vaccination and anyone 16 years of age and older is encouraged to receive a booster if it is six months or more from the completion of their initial vaccine series has gone.

Although the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, health officials cite new data that suggests primary vaccination and booster shots can reduce effects, including hospitalization and death. No cases have been detected locally, but the Omicron variant has been confirmed across the country. The events of the edition are projected to increase over the next several weeks following the holiday celebrations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone who is sick or uninfected and has come into contact with someone with COVID-19 to avoid travel. All passengers are advised to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and to isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms after travelling.

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The public health test is available through OptumServe at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka until Thursday, December 23. The Wharfinger site will be closed on Friday and Saturday and will re-open for regular business on Sunday, December 26 at 7 a.m. Walk-ins will be accommodated, but appointments are recommended and can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123. Turnaround time for test results through OptumServe averages two to three days.

The COVID-19 Joint Information Center (1-707-441-5000) will also remain closed on Thursday and Friday for a holiday. English and Spanish-speaking call-takers will resume regular operations on Monday to answer questions related to COVID-19 vaccination, testing and preventive measures. Emailed questions to covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us during the holiday will also be answered on Monday.

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, the sharp increase in demand for boosters has led to delays in some locations. 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 the availability of a specific vaccine, visit the vaccines.gov page to locate a nearest pharmacy offering vaccines, or text a zip code 438829.

See the schedule below for specific public health vaccination and testing clinic dates, times, locations and services available:

Eureka – Monday, December 27, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
no test available
$25 gift card for adults receiving first or second dose
appointments are required.

Eureka – Tuesday, December 28, 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
age 16 and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
no test available
appointments are required.

View the data dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or visit humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download past data. Due to the number of employees during the holidays, some weekly dashboard data will not be updated until next week. 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 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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