Public Health reported today that Humboldt County has recorded its 35th COVID-19 death — this one in a resident in their 80s — as well as eight new cases of the virus.
The new cases were reported after laboratories processed 276 samples with at test-positivity rate of 2.9 percent, bringing the county's cumulative case count to 3,448.
The 40 cases confirmed this week are the fewest since the first week in November, when the county tallied 34 cases.
Humboldt County Public Health reported yesterday that it expects to receive nearly 7,000 COVID-19 vaccination doses from the state next week, representing a 25-percent increase from this week's allocation.
Gov. Gavin Newsom also announced
yesterday that California will open up vaccination eligibility to all residents age 50 and older April 1, with those age 16 and older then becoming eligible beginning April 15, based on an expected increase in vaccination supply. County health officials, however, warned that a "significant increase in supply" would be necessary to begin vaccinating all residents over the age of 16.
The county reported Tuesday 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
Tuesday, 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 3,448 cases, with 134 hospitalizations and 35 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths. Two previously reported hospitalizations have been removed from the county's count, Public Health reported today, one because its as ruled not to be COVID-related and the other because the person was not a county resident.
The county dashboard lists 3,347 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, nearly 30 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, with 543,975 related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control
. In California, 3.6 million cases have been confirmed with 57,336 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at email@example.com 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. 26, 2021 - One Death, 8 New Cases Reported Today
707-441-5000 ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm Opens in new window
A Humboldt County resident in their 80s has died after testing positive for COVID-19. Public Health and Emergency Operations Center staff share their sympathies with all who have lost friends or loved ones to the virus.
Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported today. One case recorded previously was determined to be from another jurisdiction. The total number of county residents who have tested positive is now 3,448.
Two previously reported hospitalizations are being removed from the county’s count. One of those positive cases was admitted to a local hospital for treatment unrelated to the virus, and the other was assigned to another jurisdiction earlier this week, so that person’s hospitalization was also removed.
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 email@example.com or calling 707-441-5000.
Some Safeway and CVS Pharmacy locations are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments. See if there are appointments available for your age group or sector at one of these locations by clicking on the links below.
CVS Pharmacy: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?icid=cvs-home-hero1-link2-coronavirus-vaccine.
Local COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/Dashboard
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