COVID-19 Statistics | October 27, 2021 | Lost Coast Outpost

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

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

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

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

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted yesterday to recommend authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. A CDC advisory committee will meet next week to review and discuss the recommendations. At a press conference today, officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said they plan to roll out the vaccine to this age group as early as next week.

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

The CRPD guidelines say that eligible people can receive a single dose of any of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a “mix-and-match” booster dose after the completion of a different primary vaccine series. For more information on the state’s recommendations and recall advice, read the COVID-19 vaccine recall Questions and Answers page.

Reminders are available at all Public Health vaccination clinics. Appointments are not mandatory but are recommended due to increased demand for additional doses and reminders. Register in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. For instructions in English and Spanish on using My Turn, visit humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo.

The vaccines are widely available at local pharmacies. To check the availability of a specific vaccine or booster, visit vaccines.gov, or text zip code to 438829 to locate a nearby pharmacy offering vaccines.

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

Due to the increasing use of home testing for COVID-19, Public Health recommends that residents report positive test results so that transmission of the virus in the community can be better identified.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 at home must isolate and notify their close contacts to limit the spread of the disease. False positive test results are unlikely when an antigen test is used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, according to the CDC’s Antigen Testing Guidance page. Public health officials stress that positive home test results should be reported to a health care provider or to public health if there is no provider.

People who need test results documents for a job or travel can get PCR tests through public health or their health care providers. PCR follow-up tests for a rapid home test are more accurate 24 to 48 hours after a first positive home test. For more information, visit the Humboldt County Home Testing FAQs or call the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000.

County vaccination and screening services are available free of charge. Residents who receive their first or second dose of vaccine at a public health unit in Eureka, Willow Creek, or Garberville can choose a $ 25 Renner Petroleum or Coming Attractions Theaters gift card. Incentives are offered on a first come, first served basis at these locations only.

Consult the calendar below for the dates, times, locations and services available for vaccination and screening clinics:

Arcata – Thursday, October 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arcata Veterans Building (1425 J St.)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and rapid tests available

Pétrolia – Friday, October 29, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mattole Resource Center (167 Sherman Street)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and rapid tests available

Honeydew – Friday, October 29, 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Honeydew Elementary School (1 Wilder Ridge Road)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and rapid tests available

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

Eureka – Monday November 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Main Office of Public Health (529 I St.)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
No test available
$ 25 gift card for those receiving a first or second dose

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

Garberville – Wednesday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Public health office (727 rue Ceder)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and rapid tests available
$ 25 gift card for those receiving a first or second dose

Pfizer is licensed for persons 12 years of age and over, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are licensed for persons 18 years of age and over. County residents between the ages of 16 and 17 can get vaccinated 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 always be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Visit the online data dashboard at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download data from a previous period.

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or by contacting [email protected] or calling 707-441-5000.

Register for the COVID-19 vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov
Check the availability of vaccines 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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