Covid 19 & Your Health

Practical Health Information

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children over 6 months old. The approval follows a unanimous vote from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory team for emergency use authorization for Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines for young children. 

Getting Your Child Vaccinated

To get your very young child protected, talk to the child’s pediatrician or health care provider. The young child vaccines, especially those for children under 5, may not be available through Public Health vaccine clinics. Pharmacies are not authorized to vaccinate children ages 2 and under. Visit to learn more about children's vaccines.

Vaccines for older kids and adults are easy to get in Humboldt County. Humboldt’s vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. Walk-ins are welcome at all Public Health clinics and some pharmacy vaccination sites. Appointments can also be made at


Two kinds of free tests are on hand at the Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way) in Eureka, and at Public Health Clinics around the County.  You will get a rapid antigen test unless you can tell them you require the slower PCR test. Appointments for antigen testing can be made at or by calling 888-634-1123.

Test to Treat at the Wharfinger

You have the option to get free pills if you need them. If a person tests positive, is 12 or older and requires it due to the state of their health, Paxlovid antiviral medication can be given at no charge. A registered nurse is on site with a Telehealth link to a medical doctor in order to dispense medication, should the patient choose.

The service runs daily from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at 1 Marina Way in Eureka. The site is closed from 11:00 AM to 12 noon and 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Bring a list of any medications you are taking.

Masks Optional - Though Strongly Recommended

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman has revoked the County's Universal Masking Order and issued a new order that took effect February 16, 2022. Masks are still required in certain situations, but optional in many public places. 

However, people in Humboldt are still getting very sick and sometimes dying from this disease. New variants are even easier to catch than the first Covid-19 strains. As long as Humboldt County continues to be an area of high transmission, it is strongly recommended that everyone over age 2 continue to wear a mask when indoors around others not of your household.

More details here.

15 mask hacks to make your mask fit better

Getting Your Shots  

About Covid-19 Vaccines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Sign Up to be Vaccinated in Humboldt  - Vaccines are now available at sites here in Humboldt for those who need them most. 

Get Your Digital Vaccine Record. People who are already vaccinated can get a QR code and copy of their digital record with the California Department of Public Health.

Covid-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy - Safety studies now show that vaccination is safe for parent, for unborn child, and when breastfeeding.

Why Get Vaccinated if You've Already Had Covid-19

What if You are Sick? 

Do You Need to Get Tested? Covid symptoms can include a fever, cough, headache, or other signs. See the list of common Covid symptoms. Don't guess about whether it's Covid-19, a cold or the flu - get tested and find out for sure. Early treatment can help, should your illness prove severe.

If You Have Covid-19 Symptoms, or a Confirmed Case - read about what you can do (and what you must do) to keep yourself and others safe.

Getting Tested for Covid-19

Testing is available, free, in Eureka. 7 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week, on the lower floor of the Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way in Eureka. Walk-ins are welcome.

Not in Eureka? Register online at to get test invitations from sites near you, or call 888-634-1123.

Self-testing kits are now found at most local pharmacies, but are not always in stock. It's a good idea to call ahead to see if they have a kit available. Like other Covid testing, self-test kits can detect a current infection or show that you don't have one, whether you are vaccinated or not. Read about self-test kits.

What about 'Long Covid'? Up to 30% of people who get Covid, including mild or non-symptomatic cases, may have serious symptoms weeks or months after the initial illness. Learn more about post-Covid conditions, how to care for someone with Long Covid, and support organizations.

Vaccination and 'Long Covid' - does vaccination lessen the chance of getting a prolonged illness? Here's what's known as of February 2022.

Sick Leave for California Workers 2022's special COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave provides covered employees up to 80 hours of COVID-19-related paid leave. Up to 40 of those hours can be used for the time it takes to get vaccines, isolation & quarantine, and/or caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed. Up to an added 40 hours are paid for only when an employee, or family member for whom the employee provides care, tests positive for COVID-19.

Back at work, but suffering from 'Long Covid'? Here's what the Department of Labor has to say about your rights in the workplace.

No health insurance?  Enroll in Covered California now.  Although testing is free, care during the illness still costs money. Make sure you and your loved ones have coverage. 

Do you need to see a doctor?  

Covid-19 Symptoms, Home Care, and Managing Stress, from Mad River Hospital

Doctors live online from Providence Medical, $79 visit fee or they take insurance. (Providence is St. Joseph’s Hospital’s owner group.) 

Doctors online for Open Door Clinic patients.

What to do if you are sick, from the CDC

Caring at home for a Covid-19 patient  from the CDC

Call 707-268-2999  for Community Mental Health Support for Covid 19.  

Local professional staff are available if you are feeling anxious, worried, or depressed in ways related to the current health crisis, and need someone to talk to.

Safety Practices

Masks are recommended for everyone in high infection areas, especially unvaccinated people and anyone whose immune system may be compromised. They are required by law in some circumstances. A 6 foot distance is also recommended. The combination of masks and a 6 foot distance is a practical way to keep vulnerable community members safe.

Prevent Getting Sick  from the Centers for Disease Control

Covid-19 and Wildfire Smoke - breathing smoky air makes you more vulnerable.

Wildfire Smoke Safety Steps - when air quality is poor, what precautions can you take to protect your family's lungs?

Safe at School  Recommendations for how kids can stay healthy while attending school in person, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Keep Pets from Getting Sick,  from the CDC 

How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?  Web MD article with details.

Safe & Effective Cleaning Products  how to choose COVID-killing products that cause the least harm to your health and the environment.

Food, Groceries & Safety, from the CDC

Employers must notify workers within 24 hours if there has been a known COVID case in the workplace. Read the law here.

Paid Sick Leave - California Law has required employers to provide sick leave for this virus, and has provided assistance in doing so through 2022. For 2023, when the California State of Emergency may expire at the end of February, this is not set up yet (as of January).

Travel guidance from the CDC.  Also, check this Mayo Clinic map to see rates of Covid in the areas you might travel to across the USA or inside your state.