Public Health Reports Six New COVID-19 Cases, One Hospitalization, as County Nears Vaccine Milestone


Humboldt County Public Health confirmed six new COVID-19 cases today and reported that nearly 50,000 vaccination doses had been administered locally as of Tuesday.

Today's cases were reported after laboratories processed 201 samples with a test-positivity rate of 3 percent. The county reported one new hospitalization.

Public Health also reported yesterday that it and partners are expanding capacity of vaccination clinics this week after receiving 1,655 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Providence health care system. Four large-scale clinics will be held this week, the county reported, estimating that more than 3,500 doses will be administered.

In the latest update of vaccine numbers, the county reported that 49,378 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. More than 18,800 local residents had been fully vaccinated and 23.4 percent of local residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, while more than 55 percent of residents age 75 and older are fully vaccinated, the county reported.

Vaccination clinics remain by appointment only and residents are urged to fill out a vaccine interest form so they can be notified when they are eligible.

When the state of California updated its COVID-19 risk tiers yesterday, Humboldt County remained in the red "substantial" tier, meaning restaurants, movie theaters, churches and other organizations are allowed to continue limited indoor operations.

Data shows the county with a seven-day average test-positivity rate of 2.3 percent and a daily case rate of 5.3 per 100,000, both of which decreased from the previous week. California as a whole, meanwhile, has a 2 percent test-positivity rate and 5.5 cases per 100,000.

The state has announced that beginning next week outdoor sports events and live performances will be cleared to reopen with fans and spectators, so long as facial coverings are worn at all times, venues follow tier-based capacity restrictions and provide reserved, assigned seating. (Read more here.)

Currently, local residents over the age of 65, healthcare workers, teachers, first responders, food and agricultural workers, and residents ages 16 to 65 with one of a specific list of high-risk medical conditions or disabilities are eligible to receive their shots, with the first vaccine clinic for the food and ag sector set for next week. The clinics remain by invitation only to control exposure risks and ensure vaccinations are administered according to the county's priority tiers, with residents urged to complete the county's vaccination interest form to be notified when they are eligible.

Residents are also urged to continue to follow COVID safety guidelines as vaccinations roll out, which could take months.

To date, Humboldt County has confirmed 3,432 cases, with 136 hospitalizations and 34 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths.

The county dashboard lists 3,331 people as having "recovered" from the virus locally, though that just means they are no longer contagious and does not account for long-term health impacts, which local healthcare workers have told the Journal can be substantial, even in previously healthy patients.

The county’s test positivity rate has gone from 3.6 percent in November, to 7.3 percent in December and 9.9 percent in January, before dropping to 6.5 percent in February. Through the first 19 days of March, it had dropped to 5.1 percent.

Nationwide, more than 29.8 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, with 541,289 related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In California, 3.6 million cases have been confirmed with 56,850 deaths, according to the Department of Public Health.

The state has issued a travel advisory strongly discouraging all non-essential travel and urging anyone returning from non essential, out-of-state travel needs to self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days upon their return.

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 protected] or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at [email protected] 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.

Read the county release below:

Mar. 24, 2021 - Nearly 50,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered; 6 New Cases Reported Today

707-441-5000 ; [email protected] ; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm Opens in new window
Humboldt County Public Health and other approved local vaccinators have administered a total of 49,378 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, March 23.

The Vaccine Data section of the Humboldt County Data Dashboard has been updated. Some highlights include:

18,804 Humboldt County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which represents 13.8% of the county’s total population and 16.7% of residents age 16 or over who qualify for vaccination currently.
Nearly 1 in 4 or 23.4% of county residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, which means they have some protection against the virus.
55.3% of residents age 75 and over are fully vaccinated, and 28.5% of residents ages 65 to 74 are fully vaccinated.
To access the Dashboard, go to To view vaccine data only, visit

Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Humboldt County today, bringing to 3,432 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit or Local information is available at or during business hours by contacting [email protected] or calling 707-441-5000.

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