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Posted on: August 26, 2021

August 26 COVID Update - 114 New Cases Reported Today

One hundred and fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Humboldt County today. The total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus now stands at 6,855. Three new hospitalizations were also reported, including one person in their 40s, one in their 60s and one in their 70s.

To date, Humboldt County Public Health and other approved local vaccinators have administered a total of 144,342 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Additional vaccination data points include: 

  • 71,232 county residents are fully vaccinated. 
  • 52.4% of the county’s total population, which is estimated at 135,940, is fully vaccinated, and 59.9% of the vaccination-eligible population age 12 and older is fully vaccinated.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory warning of severe illness associated with the use of products containing ivermectin to treat COVID-19. The medication, which is intended as treatment for parasitic infections in humans and livestock, is not authorized or approved for treatment or prevention of COVID-19. Poison control centers are noting an increase in calls reporting overdoses and people experiencing adverse effects, which can include gastrointestinal symptoms, low blood pressure, dizziness, loss of balance, seizures, coma or death. Read more from the CDC at emergency.cdc.gov/han/2021/han00449.asp

Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are at greater risk of serious, prolonged illness, according to the CDC. Health officials urge these individuals to get an additional dose of mRNA vaccine to make sure they have enough protection against the virus. They should receive an additional dose of the same vaccine at least 28 days after the second dose in the series. This recommendation applies to those receiving treatment for certain cancers, transplant recipients taking immunosuppressive drugs, those on high-dose corticosteroid medication, and those with a moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency. For more information, see cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.

Vaccines are available at Public Health clinics and many local pharmacies. To check availability of a particular vaccine at local pharmacies, visit vaccines.gov, or text a ZIP code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby. Most local pharmacies allow walk-ins. Walk-ins are also welcome at Public Health clinics, or appointments can be made in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. For instructions in English or Spanish for how to use My Turn, go to humboldtgov.org/2872/Vaccine-Info.

See the schedule of upcoming Public Health clinics below: 

Petrolia – Friday, Aug. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon
     Mattole Valley Resource Center (167 Sherman St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Friday, Aug. 27, from noon to 5 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Honeydew – Friday, Aug. 27, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
     Honeydew Elementary School (1 Wilder Ridge Road)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Saturday, Aug. 28, from noon to 5 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Redway – Sunday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
     Redwoods Rural Health Center (101 W. Coast Road)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Pfizer is authorized for those 12 and older, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Full protection from vaccination is achieved two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine. 

View the 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
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