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Posted on: August 27, 2021

August 27, 2021 - 6 Deaths Reported; Public Health Estimates 100+ New Cases

Six Humboldt County residents have died as a result of COVID-19, including one person in their 30s, two in their 50s, one in their 60s and two over the age of 80. Ten COVID-related deaths have been reported in the county this week. Seventy-one have been recorded since the pandemic began.

“Each life lost to COVID-19 is a member of our community, someone’s family member, neighbor and friend,” said Public Health Director Sofia Pereira. “We grieve these losses for those who knew and loved them and for our entire community.” 

Nineteen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today, and Public Health estimates around 100 additional cases have been reported to the state’s database. Local review of those cases, however, has been delayed due to further reductions in state-assigned staff and reassignment of local staff to contact tracing and vaccination efforts. These cases are expected to be processed by Monday’s report and added to the homepage counter. Demographic data for these cases will be included in next Friday’s weekly update.   

Three new hospitalizations were also reported, including one person in their 30s, one in their 50s and one in their 60s.

The graph below shows average weekly case rates between unvaccinated and vaccinated residents in Humboldt County since Dec. 26, 2020, shortly after vaccines became available. As the graph illustrates, case rates continue to drop among vaccinated residents and rise among unvaccinated residents to nearly triple the rate of the previous peak in Jan. 2021. 

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 vaccinated case rates never exceeded two. On June 15 when COVID restrictions were lifted, the unvaccinated case rate was 10 and vaccinated case rate was zero. Then by mid-July cases for everyone began to climb. As of August 14, the unvaccinated case rate has risen to 83 and vaccinated case rate was down from 29 to 18.

Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to prevent severe outcomes from COVID-19. Immunocompromised individuals who received two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) are advised to get an additional dose of the same vaccine at least 28 days or more after their second dose.  

Starting Monday, Aug. 30, all three vaccines including Moderna will be offered on Mondays by appointment at the Public Health Main Clinic located at 529 I St. in Eureka. Vaccines are available throughout the week at mobile Public Health clinics. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. For instructions in English or Spanish about how to use My Turn, go to humboldtgov.org/2872/Vaccine-Info.

See the schedule of upcoming Public Health clinics below: 

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

Eureka – Monday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     Public Health Main (529 I St.)
     Moderna/Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Eureka – Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Samoa Bridge Boat Launch (1701 Waterfront Dr.)
    Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Eureka – Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Eureka – Thursday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     College of the Redwoods (7351 Tompkins Hill Road)
     Moderna/Pfizer

McKinleyville – Friday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Six Rivers Brewery (1300 Central Ave.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Samoa – Friday, Sept. 3, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
     Humboldt Bay Social Club (900 New Navy Base Road)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Vaccines are also available at many local pharmacies, and most allow walk-ins. 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. 

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. 

Given the rapid spread of the virus in the community, it is more important than ever to follow local health orders and guidance. The “COVID-19 FAQs” page of the county website has been expanded to include answers to frequently asked questions about gatherings and events, youth sports and at-home COVID-19 tests. Find out more at humboldtgov.org/COVIDFAQs.

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
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/Dashboard
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