Meanwhile, the county's Joint Information Center is urging locals to get tested, calling it "one of the most helpful things county residents can do for the community at large," because it allows Public Health to catch cases early and limit spread. The state-run OptumServe testing site at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka is open seven days a week and no-cost appointments can be made by clicking here or calling (888) 634-1123.
The Humboldt County Data Dashboard includes hospitalization rates by age group, death rates by age group and case totals by ZIP code, the latter of which are reported in "a range of 0 to 5 for case count until the area surpasses 5 total cases," according to the county. After that threshold has been reached in a ZIP code, the exact number will be included.
Basics of COVID-19
The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.
Emergency warning signs needing immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to awaken, and bluish lips or face.
In an emergency situation:
Call ahead to the emergency room or inform the 911 operator of the possibility of a COVID-19 infection and, if possible, put on a face mask.
Symptoms or possible exposure:
In the case of a possible exposure with symptoms — fever and cough or shortness of breath — contact your doctor’s office or the county Department of Health and Human Services, which has a hotline that can be reached during business hours at email@example.com or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (707) 445-6200.
St. Joseph Health has also set up a virtual assessment tool as an aid to assessing risk factors for contracting the illness, which can be found here.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started a rumor-control webpage that can be found here. For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.
Feb. 11, 2021 - 33 Additional Cases Reported Today; County to Receive 3,550 Vaccine Doses
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33 Additional Cases Reported Today
A total of 3,009 Humboldt County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, after 33 new cases of the virus were reported today.
County to Receive 3,550 Vaccine Doses
The State of California has allocated a total of 3,550 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Humboldt County for next week, 1,600 Moderna and 1,950 Pfizer. Public Health will use 500 of those at its second dose mass vaccination clinic, and the remainder will be allocated to local approved vaccinators.
Vaccination priority recently expanded to include additional groups, though appointments continue to be offered as vaccine supply allows. Currently, the following groups qualify for vaccination:
Phase 1A health care workers
Humboldt County residents age 70 and over
Emergency services workers
K-12 and early childhood education, including educators and support staff
Licensed child care providers.
Health care providers who are approved vaccinators are reaching out to their qualifying patients directly. Public Health is contacting individuals who are not already a part of a qualifying workforce using information submitted through the online Vaccine Interest Form. All county residents are urged to fill out the form to be notified when an appointment is available for their tier.
To complete the Interest Form in English, visit humboldtgov.org/InterestForm.
Para completar el formulario de interés de vacunas en español, visite humboldtgov.org/formulariadeinteres.
Joint Information Center Closed Friday, Open Monday
The Humboldt County Joint Information Center will be closed Friday, Feb. 12, for the county holiday, but will be open Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 15, to answer COVID-related questions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.
Local COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/vaccineinfo
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/dashboard
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Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert