45 New COVID Cases; Public Health to Offer Child Vaccination Clinics with Appointments Required

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Humboldt County Public Health confirmed 45 new cases today.

Today's cases — which make 204 so far this week on the heels of 118 confirmed last week — come after laboratories processed 312 samples. After recording a test-positivity rate of 10.1 percent in July — the highest for any month since the pandemic began — the rate in Humboldt County jumped to 15.9 percent in August and 15.2 percent in September. In October, it dipped to 12.1 percent and, through the first 10 days of the month, it sits at 13.6 percent in November, still far outpacing those of the state (2.3 percent) and nation (4.6 percent).

New countywide masking and quarantine orders, meanwhile, went into effect Monday morning.

Last week, the county issued a provider alert warning that the greater Fortuna area is seeing case rates higher than those of the rest of the county, while its vaccination rates continue to trail those of other parts of the county, as well.

A state database show 12 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 locally, with three under intensive care. The local hospital census peaked Sept. 3 with 42 COVID-19 patients.

 The Food and Drug Administration recently authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for children 5 to 11 years old and local pharmacies and pediatricians have begun making appointments.

Over the coming weeks, Public Health will hold several pediatric and family vaccination clinics for children ages 5 to 11. Appointments will be required and can be made on the state’s MyTurn.ca.gov vaccination portal. Boosters will not be available at these clinics.

"Pediatric clinics will offer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 only. Family clinics give priority to children ages 5 to 11, but parents and guardians of children who are getting vaccinated can receive any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine," a news release states. "Due to a sharp increase in demand, walk-ins are not allowed at family and pediatric clinics for children ages 5 to 11 at this time."

Public Health also reported recently that health officials are urging all eligible residents to get COVID-19 booster shots after federal regulators accepted recommendations recently to expand booster options to Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. (For more information on who is booster eligible, click here.)

Moderna boosters can be administered to those 65 years and older, those residing in long-term care facilities, people 50 and older with underlying medical conditions putting at them of increased risk and those at increased risk of exposure and transmission due to high-risk work setting, who received their initial vaccination six months or more ago. All residents age 18 and older who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine can receive a booster dose if at has been at least two months since their initial dose.

Public Health reported today that Humboldt's seven-day average case rate is currently at 14, meaning that for every 100,000 residents, 14 residents tested positive for the virus daily over the last seven days but varies by vaccination status.
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The current seven-day average case rate for fully vaccinated individuals is 13 per 100,000 residents while the case rate for unvaccinated individuals is 16 per 100,000 residents. View a more detailed depiction of the case rate graph here.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently published a study indicating unvaccinated individuals are 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 and 10 times more likely to be hospitalized than their fully vaccinated counterparts.

National, state and local health officials advise that vaccination remains incredibly safe and effective protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death from COIVD-19, and the county has a host of no-cost clinics scheduled over the next week.

Hoopa — Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hoopa High School (101 Loop Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available

McKinleyville — Sunday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
McKinleyville High School (1300 Murray Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available

Eureka — Monday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
Appointment required. No testing available.
$25 gift card for those receiving a first or second dose

Eureka Pediatric Clinic — Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
Ages 5 to 11. Pfizer only.
Appointment required. No testing available.

Willow Creek — Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available
$25 gift card for those receiving a first or second dose

Garberville — Wednesday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Public Health Office (727 Cedar St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available
$25 gift card for those receiving a first or second dose

Arcata – Thursday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Arcata Transit Center (925 E St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available

Trinidad — Thursday, Nov. 18, 4 to 7 p.m.
Trinidad Town Hall (409 Trinity St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Petrolia — Friday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mattole Resource Center (167 Sherman St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Honeydew Family Clinic — Friday, Nov. 19, 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Honeydew Elementary School (1 Wilder Ridge Road)
Ages 5-18 and family members.
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Arcata Family Clinic – Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arcata High School (1720 M St.)
Ages 5-18 and family members.
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Miranda Family Clinic – Sunday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.
South Fork High School (6831 Avenue of the Giants)
Ages 5-18 and family members.
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Today's confirmed cases bring the county's total to 9,653 with 438 hospitalizations and 117 COVID-19 related deaths.

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 rose to 10.1 percent before jumping to 15.9 percent in August and 15.2 percent in September before dipping to 12.3 percent last month.

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's report below.

Humboldt County Public Health reported today 45 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing to 9,653 the total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus. There were no new hospitalizations or deaths.

Public Health will hold several pediatric and family vaccination clinics in the coming weeks to provide children ages 5 to 11 the recently authorized Pfizer pediatric vaccine. Appointments will be required and can be made on the state’s MyTurn.ca.gov vaccination portal. Pediatric clinics will offer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 only. Family clinics give priority to children ages 5 to 11, but parents and guardians of children who are getting vaccinated can receive any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to a sharp increase in demand, walk-ins are not allowed at family and pediatric clinics for children ages 5 to 11 at this time.

Boosters are not currently available to the general public at family clinics.

Walk-ins are allowed at most Public Health and many pharmacy vaccination sites, although people without appointments may see significant delays. Appointments are strongly recommended. The best way to ensure you receive a shot is to make an appointment at MyTurn.ca.gov. Vaccines, including boosters, are widely available at local pharmacies.

To check the availability of a specific vaccine, visit the vaccines.gov page, or text a ZIP code to 438829 to locate a nearby pharmacy offering vaccines.

Data Update:  Since the last weekly data update on Nov. 5, the county has recorded 201 new cases of COVID-19. One death of an unvaccinated person was also reported during that period. The average age of deaths due to COVID-19 is 79 among the fully vaccinated residents and 66 in the unvaccinated. All of the five hospitalizations reported over the last week were unvaccinated residents.

Age ranges of reported hospitalizations are as follows: 1 person in their 30s 1 person in their 40s 1 person in their 60s 2 people in their 70s The seven-day average case rate in Humboldt County is currently 14, meaning that for every 100,000 residents, about 14 tested positive daily over the last seven days.

Case rates vary considerably by vaccination status, as illustrated by the graph below, which depicts average weekly case rates since Dec. 2020 in unvaccinated and fully vaccinated residents.
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See the schedule below for specific vaccination and testing clinic dates, times, locations and available services:

Hoopa — Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hoopa High School (101 Loop Road) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

McKinleyville — Sunday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. McKinleyville High School (1300 Murray Road) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Eureka — Monday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m. Public Health Main Office (529 I St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna Appointment required. No testing available. $25 gift card for those receiving a first or second dose.

Eureka Pediatric Clinic — Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m. Public Health Main Office (529 I St.) Ages 5 to 11. Pfizer only. Appointment required. No testing available.

Willow Creek — Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m. Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available $25 gift card for those receiving a first or second dose

Garberville — Wednesday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m. Public Health Office (727 Cedar St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available $25 gift card for those receiving a first or second dose

Arcata – Thursday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arcata Transit Center (925 E St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Trinidad — Thursday, Nov. 18, 4 to 7 p.m. Trinidad Town Hall (409 Trinity St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Petrolia — Friday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mattole Resource Center (167 Sherman St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Honeydew Family Clinic — Friday, Nov. 19, 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Honeydew Elementary School (1 Wilder Ridge Road) Ages 5-18 and family members. Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

Arcata Family Clinic – Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arcata High School (1720 M St.) Ages 5-18 and family members. Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available Miranda Family Clinic – Sunday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.

South Fork High School (6831 Avenue of the Giants) Ages 5-18 and family members. Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available

View the Data Dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download data from a previous time. 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 1-707-441-5000. Sign up for COVID-19 vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov Check for vaccine availability at a local pharmacy: Vaccines.govLocal COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfoHumboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/Dashboard Follow us on Facebook: @HumCoCOVID19 Instagram: @HumCoCOVID19 Twitter: @HumCoCOVID19 Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert

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