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One hundred twenty-one additional cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Humboldt County since Friday, bringing to 8,716 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus. Four hospitalizations have also been reported since Friday, including two people in their 50s, one in their 60s and one in their 70s.
Humboldt County continues to be designated as an area of high transmission by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To contain the spread of the virus, Public Health officials encourage members of the community to wear a mask and get tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19 or if symptoms develop. Officials also encourage all eligible residents to get vaccinated. As always, testing and vaccination services are provided free of charge.
No-cost testing is available through OptumServe seven days a week at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka and at mobile testing sites throughout the county most weekdays. To make an appointment, visit lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1123. Turnaround times for test results through OptumServe average 48 to 96 hours.
On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the OptumServe test site at the Fortuna River Lodge will be closed. Public Health will offer PCR testing at the Fortuna Senior Resource Center (2280 Newburg Road) from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Visit home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=cdph1060 to sign up.
Health officials widely agree that vaccination is the most effective way to prevent severe outcomes from COVID-19. Appointments for Public Health vaccination clinics are not required but are now strongly recommended due to a recent increase in demand for additional doses and boosters. 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, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m. Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available
Eureka — Thursday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. College of the Redwoods main parking lot (7351 Tompkins Hill Road) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available
Eureka — Friday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Agriculture Building (5630 S. Broadway) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available
Hoopa — Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hoopa High School (101 Loop Road) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available
McKinleyville — Sunday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. McKinleyville High School (1300 Murray Road) 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 email@example.com or calling 707-441-5000.
Sign up for COVID-19 vaccination: MyTurn.ca.govCheck for vaccine availability at a local pharmacy: Vaccines.govLocal COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfoHumboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/DashboardFollow us on Facebook: @HumCoCOVID19Instagram: @HumCoCOVID19Twitter: @HumCoCOVID19Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert###