Public Health Confirms 28 New COVID-19 Cases, Two Hospitalizations

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Humboldt County Public Health reported today that it has confirmed 28 new COVID-19 cases since Friday  after laboratories processed 334 samples with a test-positivity rate of 8.4 percent. Two new hospitalizations were also reported, including a resident in their 40s.

According to a state database, five people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 locally, including two under intensive care.

Over the past week, more than half the 60 cases confirmed locally were in residents under the age of 30, including 16 in residents 10 to 19 years old and five in children 9 and younger.

Last week, Public Health reported that it was increasingly seeing cases of infection in children under the age of 9 amid an upwelling in cases of the Delta variant, which now accounts for one in four infections nationally. The Delta variant is believed to be more contagious than other COVID-19 varieties and to result in more severe illness.

On the vaccination front, the county reported last week that 48 percent of the local population and 54.8 percent of eligible residents are now fully vaccinated. Sixty-two percent of eligible residents have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to a press release.

All of the Public Health vaccinations clinics scheduled this week will include the one-shot Johnson & Johnson and the Pfizer vaccine, the only one authorized for those 12 to 17.

Clinic schedule:


Ferndale – Tuesday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Humboldt County Fairgrounds (1250 Fifth St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Redcrest – Wednesday, July 14, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Redcrest Community Center (115 Sorenson Road) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Eureka — Thursday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Betty Chinn Center (133 Seventh St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Eureka — Friday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

McKinleyville – Monday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Azalea Hall (1620 Pickett Road) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

To make an appointment in advance or view additional vaccination opportunities and to request help with transportation, visit www.vaccines.gov or www.myturn.ca.gov.

Last week, an advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a likely link between certain mRNA vaccines and extremely rare instances of heart inflammation, which most commonly occurred in young men and ususally cleared itself or with minor treatment. Both the CDC and the FDA continue to recommendation vaccinations for those 12 and older.

To date, Humboldt County has confirmed 4,675 cases, with 216 hospitalizations and 51 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths.

The county dashboard lists 4,472 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. In March, it dropped to 4.5 percent before inching back up to 5.9 percent in April. In May, it jumped to 8.3 percent but fell back to 5.9 percent in June. In July, it has risen to 6.7 percent even as vaccinations have rendered fewer local resident susceptible to infection.

Nationwide, more than 33.6 million cases have been confirmed with 604,710 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Of those, 3.7 million cases and 63,472 related deaths have been confirmed in California, according to the Department of Public Health.

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 the Wharfinger Building in Eureka is open seven days a week and no-cost appointments can be made by clicking here or calling (888) 634-1123 and other newly opened screening site information can be found here.

The testing site moved to the Wharfinger Building. Read more here.

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 covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at hhsphb@co.humbldt.ca.us 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 JIC release below:

July 12, 2021 - 28 New Cases Reported Since Friday

Twenty-eight new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Humboldt County since the most recent report Friday. The total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus is 4,675.

Two new hospitalizations have also been reported since Friday, one person in their 40s and another in their 60s.

Since the last weekly data update on July 6, the county has reported 60 cases of COVID-19 and four hospitalizations. More than half of the cases were in residents under the age of 30, including 16 residents between the ages of 10 and 19 and five children under the age of 10. The residents who were hospitalized over the last week were two people in their 40s and two in their 60s.

View the latest update on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard at humboldtgov.org/Dashboard.

Health officials broadly agree that vaccination remains the single best way to prevent COVID-19 infection. Vaccine is available at Public Health clinics and at most local pharmacies. Walk-ins are welcome at all Public Health clinics, or sign up in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. See the clinic schedule for the next seven days below.

Ferndale – Tuesday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Humboldt County Fairgrounds (1250 Fifth St.)

Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Redcrest – Wednesday, July 14, from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Redcrest Community Center (115 Sorenson Road)

Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Eureka – Thursday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center (133 Seventh St.)

Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Eureka – Friday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way)

Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

McKinleyville – Monday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Azalea Hall (1620 Pickett Road)

Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for children as young as 12 years old. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older.

To check availability of these vaccines, as well as Moderna, at local pharmacies, visit vaccines.gov or text a ZIP code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby. Most pharmacies allow walk-ins.

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 covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us 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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