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Posted on: December 13, 2021

Dec. 13, 2021 - 3 New Hospitalizations, 88 New Cases Reported Since Friday

Humboldt County Public Health reported today 88 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing to 10,434 the total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus. Three new hospitalizations were also reported, two residents in their 40s and one in their 70s.

The California Department of Public Health announced today that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks indoors in public settings for the next month to help stop the spread of the Delta and Omicron variants during the holidays.

Humboldt County has already been under a similar mask order since Aug. 6 due to the high community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the county and increased hospitalizations that strained the rural health care system.

The statewide mandate starts Wednesday, Dec. 15 and ends Jan. 15, 2022. The state also updated its guidance for testing prior to mega events. Any attendee who cannot provide proof of full vaccination status is required to provide a negative antigen test within one day or negative PCR test within two days prior to entry into the event. A mega event is considered 1,000 attendees or more in indoor venues or 10,000 or more in outdoor settings.

Over the weekend, 247 individuals were vaccinated at Public Health clinics held in Hoopa and Eureka that included pediatric, first and second doses and additional doses and boosters.

Last week, the state expanded Pfizer booster eligibility for 16- and 17-year-olds if it has been at least six months since their initial Pfizer vaccination series.

Public Health officials said expanding boosters to that age group would increase protection against the Delta and new Omicron variants. Omicron has been identified in California and 29 other U.S. states so far and Public Health is continuing to conduct genetic testing locally while awaiting the arrival of the fast-spreading variant.

Stricter travel requirements by the CDC also went into effect last week for international passengers flying into the U.S. All international passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative test prior to boarding taken one day before their departure.

Residents who have travelled internationally in the past two weeks and test positive with at-home tests are asked to call the Joint Information Center at 1-707-441-5000 to report their results to Public Health. Those who have not travelled outside the U.S. and test positive with an at-home test for COVID-19 should notify their primary care provider or Public Health, if there is no provider, and isolate to limit the spread of disease.

Travelers leaving Humboldt County who are flying internationally should contact the airline prior to travel and stay current on their destination’s specific COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements. Information can be found for most countries at the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisory website.

All eligible adults aged 16 and older are encouraged to get a booster. Health officials also stress that those who are partially vaccinated should complete their vaccination series. A person who is fully vaccinated is half as likely to pass on the infection as someone who is unvaccinated. According to data from the CDC, an unvaccinated person is nearly six times more likely to get COVID-19 and 14 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than a vaccinated person.

Public Health is offering family vaccination clinics throughout December to give priority to children aged 5 to 11 and provide family members a convenient way to get their vaccines.

Vaccines, including boosters, are available at local pharmacies. To check the availability of a specific vaccine, visit the vaccines.gov page, or text a ZIP code to 438829 to locate a nearby pharmacy offering vaccines.

Humboldt County’s vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. Although walk-ins are allowed at most regular Public Health clinics and many pharmacy vaccination sites, a sharp increase in demand for boosters has caused delays at some locations. As a result, appointments are required for pediatric clinics and for clinics at Public Health’s main office. Appointments are strongly recommended for all other clinics and are the best way to ensure a shot is available during your visit. Appointments can be made at MyTurn.ca.gov.

See the schedule below for specific Public Health vaccination and testing clinic dates, times, locations and available services:

Eureka Booster Clinic — Tuesday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
     
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
     Ages 16 and older.
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna.
     No testing available.
     Appointments required.

Eureka Pediatric Clinic — Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1:15 to 3:30 p.m.
     
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
     Ages 5 to 11. Pfizer only. 
     No testing available.
     Appointments required.

Willow Creek — Tuesday, Dec. 14, 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.
     $25 gift card for adults receiving a first or second dose.
     Appointments strongly recommended.

Eureka Booster Clinic— Wednesday, Dec. 15, noon to 5 p.m
     
Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna.
     No rapid testing available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe on the lower floor of the Wharfinger Building.
     Appointments strongly recommended.

Eureka— Thursday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
     
Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna.
     No rapid testing available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe on the lower floor of the Wharfinger Building.
     Appointments strongly recommended.

Blue Lake Family Clinic— Friday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     
Blue Lake Resource Center (111 Greenwood Road)
     Ages 5-18 and family members.
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna.
     PCR and rapid testing available.
     Appointments strongly recommended.

Arcata — Saturday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
     Red Roof Inn (4975 Valley West Blvd.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna.
     PCR and rapid testing available.
     Appointments strongly recommended.

McKinleyville Family Clinic — Sunday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     McKinleyville High School (1300 Murray Road.)
     Ages 5-18 and family members.
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna.
     PCR and rapid testing available. 
     Appointments strongly recommended.

Eureka — Monday, Dec. 20, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
     
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna.
     No testing available.
     $25 gift card for adults receiving a first or second dose.
     Appointments required. 

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 1-707-441-5000.

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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