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Posted on: August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021 - 41 New Cases Reported Today

Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Humboldt County today. The total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus now stands at 5,970.

Four hospitalizations were also reported, including one person between the ages of 10 and 20, one person in their 40s, one in their 50s and one in their 60s. Currently, 33 county residents are hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19.

The graph below shows average weekly case rates between Dec. 26, 2020 and Aug.7, 2021 in unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals. In the week ending Aug. 7, the average case rate for unvaccinated individuals rose to 75 per 100,000 residents, nearly triple the rate for vaccinated individuals, which is 26 cases per 100,000 residents. For additional information, please view a more detailed depiction of the data here.


Chart showing case rates (per 100K) since December 2020 with the unvaccinated case rate at 21, vaccinated at zero. Unvaccinated case rates climb to 28 in January, down as low as three in late April, then up to 26 in mid-May, while unvaccinated cases rates never exceeded two. On June 15 when COVID restrictions were lifted, the unvaccinated case was 10 and vaccinated case rate was zero. Then by mid-July cases for everyone began to climb. On August 7, the unvaccinated case rate rose to 75 and vaccinated case rate was 26.

Case rates continue to climb to unprecedented levels in the community, due to the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant. Vaccination combined with precautions such as universal masking and physical distancing are vital to containing the spread.

All available vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe outcomes, hospitalization and death from the virus. Vaccine is available at Public Health clinics located throughout the county, and walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment in advance, go to MyTurn.ca.gov.

See the schedule of upcoming Public Health clinics below: 

Fortuna – Sunday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     Fortuna River Lodge (1800 Riverwalk Dr.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Wednesday, Aug. 18, from noon to 3 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Thursday, Aug. 19, from noon to 3 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Friday, Aug. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Most local pharmacies also offer COVID-19 vaccines, and many allow walk-ins. Visit vaccines.gov to check availability, or text a ZIP code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby.

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for children as young as 12 years old. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 and older. Full protection from the vaccine is achieved two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

On Aug. 11, the Joint Information Center incorrectly reported the number of vaccine doses administered by local vaccinators since the previous week’s update on Aug. 4. The correct number is 1,787 doses. The Joint Information Center regrets the error. 

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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