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Posted on: September 27, 2021

Sept. 27, 2021 - 1 Death, 4 Hospitalizations, 63 New Cases Reported Since Friday

A Humboldt County resident in their 50s has died from COVID-19, marking the 94th death in the county. Department Operations Center staff share their condolences with the family, friends and caregivers of those who have died.

Four hospitalizations have also been reported since Friday, including a person in their 20s, one in their 30s, one in their 40s and one in their 50s. Sixty-three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bringing to 8,415 the total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus.

Executives at Pfizer said the company will seek emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, indicating they will submit data and a formal request for authorization to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the coming days. While FDA officials have not provided a specific timeframe, the agency took a little more than a month to review the data before authorizing the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year olds earlier this year. An estimated 9,724 Humboldt County residents are children ages 5 to 11. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

No cost testing for COVID-19 is available seven days a week in Eureka at the Wharfinger Building and at mobile testing sites operated by OptumServe throughout the county Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is recommended.

For questions about testing, or to make an appointment, visit lhi.care/covidtesting or phone 888-634-1123. Turnaround times for test results through OptumServe average 48 to 72 hours. Delays have been reported recently. Anyone who hasn’t received their results from OptumServe should call them at 888-634-1123. Public Health does not have access to OptumServe test results.

Appointments for Public Health vaccination clinics are not required but are now strongly recommended due to an anticipated increase in demand. Sign up in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. For instructions in English and Spanish on how to use My Turn, go to humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo.

See the schedule below for specific clinic dates, times, locations and available services:

Willow Creek — Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Public Health (77 Walnut Way)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available

Garberville — Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Public Health (727 Cedar St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available

McKinleyville — Thursday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Dollar General (1180 Murray Road)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available

Trinidad — Thursday, Sept. 30, 4 to 7 p.m.
     Trinidad Town Hall (409 Trinity St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available

Garberville — Friday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Garberville Farmers’ Market (Garberville Town Square.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available

Check availability of a specific vaccine at vaccines.gov, or text a ZIP code to 438829 to locate a pharmacy offering vaccines nearby.

Pfizer is authorized for those 12 and older, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. County residents age 16 and 17 can receive a vaccination at Public Health clinics without a parent or guardian physically present as long as they have a signed consent form. Children under 16 still must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

View the Data Dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download data from a previous time.

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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