With the highly contagious Omicron variant confirmed to be here in Humboldt County, officials are urging residents to redouble layered mitigation measures to reduce spread of the virus, including vaccination, masking, testing and distancing. Here's a look at the resources available locally.
While a growing body of evidence suggests Omicron can still infect and transmit among fully vaccinated — and even boosted — it also suggests vaccination and boosting for those eligible significantly reduces risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death. Vaccines are free and appointments can be made at local pharmacies, or by visiting www.vaccines.gov. Humboldt County Public Health also has the following clinics scheduled for the coming days:
Trinidad — Thursday, Jan. 6, 2 to 7 p.m.
Trinidad Town Hall (409 Trinity St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available Appointments strongly recommended.
Eureka — Friday, Jan. 7, 1 to 8 p. m.
Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna. No rapid testing available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe by appointment on the lower floor of the Wharfinger Building. Appointments strongly recommended.
Eureka Family Clinic — Saturday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jefferson Community Center (1000 B St.) Ages 5-18 and family members. No boosters. Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna. PCR and rapid testing available. Appointments strongly recommended.
Eureka — Monday, Jan. 10, 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 No testing available $25 gift card for adults receiving a first or second dose Appointments required.
Masking remains the law of the land in indoor public spaces in Humboldt County, and strongly recommended just about everywhere else when mixing with people from outside your household. All masks, however, are not created equal. Medical-grade N95 masks are the gold standard, but health officials say most masks that fit properly with no gaps around your nose, chin or the sides of your face and that are made from multiple layers of tightly woven fabric (you shouldn't be able to see light through it when held up to a light source) will provide protection. Disposable surgical masks can add another layer of protection when worn with cloth masks that provide a snugger fit.
Frequent testing is crucial to monitor the spread of all COVID-19 variants. Anyone who is experiencing COVID-like symptoms is urged to get tested. Testing is available by appointment at a number of local pharmacies — including CVS and Walgreens — and walk-in testing sites are open at the locations below, though appointments are recommended and can be made at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.
Eureka's Wharfinger Building
daily from 7 to 11 a.m., noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
McKinleyville's Azalea Hall
on Mondays from 8 to 11 a.m., noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Trinidad Town Hall
on Tuesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
Fortuna's River Lodge
on Wednesdays, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and noon to 5:30 p.m.
Hoopa Volunteer Fire Department
on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
Arcata's D Street Neighborhood Center
on Fridays from 8 to 11 a.m., noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Rapid take-home tests are also available at some local pharmacies and for purchase online, though supplies are limited amid a national shortage. Additionally, some have been distributed to local school districts and family resource centers, and may be available there. Officials urge anyone who tests positive at home to notify their doctor and Humboldt County Public Health by calling 441-5000.
For questions about other resources, mitigation measures or COVID-19 information, the county's Joint Information Center can be reached by calling 441-5000.