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.
May 5, 2021 - Nine New Cases Reported; 54% of Residents 16+ Have Received at Least One Vaccine Dose
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Nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, and one previously reported case has been determined through a confirmatory PCR test to be negative and has been removed from the count. The total number of county residents who have tested positive now stands at 3,903.
Humboldt County Public Health and other approved local vaccinators have administered 98,226 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine data on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard has been updated. Some highlights include:
60,462 Humboldt County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, meaning they have some protection against the virus. That represents 45% of the total population and 54% of the county’s population age 16 and older who currently qualify for vaccination.
About 37% of residents 16 and over are fully vaccinated, and 31% of the county’s total population is fully vaccinated.
70% of county residents age 65 and older are fully vaccinated.
Nearly 1 in 5 residents in the 20 to 29 age group — which represents the largest number of local cases — is fully vaccinated.
Public Health will hold a Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic for county residents age 18 and older at the Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department (50 Center St.) tomorrow, Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Sign up in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov.
Many local pharmacies are also offering vaccination. To streamline the scheduling process and eliminate the need to check multiple websites, the federal government developed a single website to check vaccine availability at all participating pharmacies. Please note that the website’s search function defaults to a 25-mile radius. To view more local options, expand the search to 50 miles when prompted to enter a ZIP code. Go to vaccines.gov to sign up.
Beginning today, vaccines.gov will replace the list of participating pharmacies in daily news releases.
The Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center will dismantle the Alternate Care Site (ACS) at Redwood Acres. The site was established early in the pandemic to handle a surge in hospitalizations and, if needed, could have treated up to 90 COVID-19-positive patients.
Emergency Services Manager Ryan Derby said the ACS was created out of an abundance of caution in an effort to preserve the local health care system. “We’re grateful it was there during some of the most uncertain times of the pandemic, but we now have a better grip on hospital capacity as it relates to this virus,” Derby said. “Due to the work of local health care providers to increase internal capacity, along with advanced planning, we feel it is safe and responsible to fully demobilize the ACS.”
View the Humboldt County Data Dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download today’s data.
For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.
Sign up for COVID-19 vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov
Check for vaccine availability 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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