One Death, 34 New Cases Reported Since Friday
A Humboldt County resident in their 70s has died with COVID-19, and 34 additional cases of the virus have been reported since Friday. The total number of county residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 now stands at 3,621.
This marks the 38th death related to COVID-19 in Humboldt County. Public Health and Emergency Operations Center staff share their sympathies with the person’s friends, caregivers and family.
Temporary Fix Developed for ‘My Turn’ Issue
Many COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available locally this week, and Humboldt County residents are encouraged to sign up now at MyTurn.ca.gov. Don’t wait to be contacted. Though My Turn is designed to provide notifications of upcoming openings, the best way to find an available appointment is to check the website regularly.
The state’s My Turn portal has put in place geofencing that restricts people who live more than 40 miles from a clinic site from viewing available appointments, which has meant that residents of much of Southern Humboldt have been unable to see or schedule appointments. This limitation has affected many, if not all, rural California counties, and local Public Health officials are addressing it directly with the state.
Until the state resolves the issue, when prompted to “Enter your address or zip code,” county residents should enter only “Humboldt County” on the “Let’s Find an Appointment” page of the My Turn website, the third page of the appointment scheduler. This means residents will input “Humboldt County” in two different places.
Anyone with questions can call the state’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 or call the Humboldt County Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000.
There are alternatives to My Turn, as well. Walk-in vaccination hours are scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the Arcata Community Center, which is located at 321 Dr. Martin Luther King, Pkwy. Also, the federal government supports scheduling vaccinations at local pharmacies through https://vaccinefinder.org/.
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Remains ‘Paused’
Administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is still on hold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to review cases of a rare but serious blood clot that developed in six women after they received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he anticipates a decision about whether to continue the pause will be made when the committee meets Friday.
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.
Some Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s and Walmart locations are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Learn who is eligible for vaccination and see if there are appointments available at one of these locations by clicking on the links below.
CVS Pharmacy: cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?icid=cvs-home-hero1-link2-coronavirus-vaccine
Rite Aid: https://www.riteaid.com/covid-19
Sign up for COVID-19 vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov
Local COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/Dashboard
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Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert