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Humboldt Health Alert

Posted on: February 4, 2022

Feb. 4, 2022 - 1 Death, 3 New Hospitalizations, 142 New Cases

Humboldt County Public Health reported today the death of a resident in their 60s due to COVID-19. Staff in the Department Operations Center extend their condolences to all who have lost a loved one to the virus.

Three new hospitalizations, two residents in their 60s, and another in their 70s, were reported. An additional 142 new cases were also reported, bringing to 17,864 the total number of confirmed positive cases of the virus locally.

Daily reported positive cases of COVID-19 have continued to fall below the peak of record-high numbers in January, but health officials caution that community transmission of the virus and confirmed cases remain high and an increase in hospitalizations tend to lag a few weeks after the peak.

Residents, including those who are unvaccinated, are encouraged to continue to take protective measures against COVID by washing hands frequently, wearing a well-fitted mask approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distancing six feet from others when possible and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. The state remains under a mandatory mask order in all indoor public spaces through Feb. 15.

Since the last data update on Jan. 28, the county has recorded 1,055 new cases of COVID-19. Three new deaths were reported, one unvaccinated person and two fully vaccinated. Nine new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 were reported. Seven were unvaccinated and two were fully vaccinated. Age ranges of reported hospitalizations in the seven-day period are as follows:

  • 1 person in their 50s
  • 6 people in their 60s
  • 1 person in their 70s
  • 1 person aged 80 or older

The graphs below, which depict average weekly case rates and weekly hospitalizations and deaths in unvaccinated and fully vaccinated local residents, show that more severe outcomes from COVID-19 are higher among unvaccinated individuals.

Chart showing hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status since May 2021. Unvaccinated hospitalizations start at six, rising steadily to 266 as of January 2022. Fully vaccinated hospitalizations started at zero in May, climbing to 65 in January 2022. Unvaccinated deaths climbed from 0 to 52, and fully vaccinated deaths started at 0 and end at 17 as of mid-January 2022.

As depicted in the graph above for the period between May 30, 2021, and Jan. 23, 2022, 17 deaths of fully vaccinated Humboldt County residents from COVID-19 were reported. The average age of those deaths was 79. During that same period, 52 deaths of unvaccinated residents were reported. The average age of those deaths was 67. During that same period, 65 fully vaccinated residents were hospitalized with an average age of 73. An additional 266 unvaccinated individuals were hospitalized with an average age of 58. View a more detailed depiction of the hospitalization and death rates graph here.

The current seven-day average case rate in Humboldt County is approximately 91, meaning that for every 100,000 residents, approximately 91 tested positive daily over the last seven days. Case rates vary considerably by vaccination status, as illustrated in the graph below, which depicts average weekly case rates since January 2021 in unvaccinated and fully vaccinated residents.

Chart showing case rates (per 100,000 residents) since February 2021 with the unvaccinated case rate at eight, vaccinated at zero. Unvaccinated case rates drop to 4 in April, climb to 24 in mid-May, while vaccinated case rates never exceeded three. On June 15, when COVID restrictions were lifted, the unvaccinated case rate was 13 and vaccinated case rate was one. Then by mid-July, cases for everyone began to climb. The local case rate for unvaccinated people rose to a high of 79 residents per 100,000, declined to 18, and recently went up to 145, but has gone down again to 57. The case rate for fully vaccinated individuals reached a high of 30 in early August and declined to 6 before increasing to 12 and up to 153 and down again to 60.

The most recent seven-day average case rate for the period ending Jan. 23, for fully vaccinated individuals is 60 per 100,000 residents, while the case rate for unvaccinated individuals is 57 per 100,000 residents. View a more detailed depiction of the case rate graph here.

COVID-19 vaccines remain effective against the virus, but CDC data shows their effectiveness at preventing infection or severe illness wanes over time, especially in people aged 65 or older.

As always, Humboldt County’s vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. While walk-ins are allowed at all Public Health clinics and some pharmacy vaccination sites, appointments are recommended for all vaccinations and are the best way to ensure a shot is available during your visit. Appointments can be made at MyTurn.ca.gov.

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

See the schedule below for specific Public Health vaccination and testing clinic dates, times, locations and available services. Questions about clinic services can be directed to the Joint Information Center at 1-707-441-5000.

Eureka — Friday, Feb. 4, 1 to 8 p.m.
     
Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way)
     Ages 5 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     No rapid testing available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe by appointment on the lower floor of the Wharfinger Building.
     Appointments for vaccinations recommended.

Eureka — Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     
Eureka High School (1915 J St.)
     Ages 5 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available on a first-come first-served basis
     Appointments for vaccinations recommended.

Eureka — Monday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
     
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
     Ages 12 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     No testing available
     $25 gift card for adults receiving a first or second dose
     Appointments recommended.

Eureka — Tuesday, Feb. 8, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
     
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
     Ages 12 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     No testing available
     $25 gift card for adults receiving a first or second dose
     Appointments recommended.

Eureka Pediatric Clinic — Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1:15 to 4 p.m. 
     
Public Health Main Office (529 I St.)
     Ages 5 to 11
     Pfizer only
     No testing available
     Appointments recommended.

Willow Creek — Tuesday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
     
Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way)
     Ages 5 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available on a first-come first-served basis
     $25 gift card for adults receiving a first or second dose
     Appointments for vaccinations recommended.

Rio Dell — Wednesday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     
Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department (50 Center St.)
     Ages 5 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available on a first-come first-served basis
     Appointments for vaccinations recommended.

McKinleyville — Thursday, Feb. 10, 2 to 7 p.m.
     
Church of the Joyful Healer (1944 Central Ave.)
     Ages 5 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available on a first-come first-served basis
     Appointments for vaccinations recommended.

Petrolia — Friday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
     
Mattole Valley Resource Center Family Clinic (167 Sherman St.)
     Ages 5 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available on a first-come first-served basis
     Appointments for vaccinations recommended.

Honeydew — Friday, Feb. 11, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
     
Honeydew Elementary School Family Clinic (1 Wilder Ridge Road)
     Ages 5 and older
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
     PCR and rapid testing available on a first-come first-served basis
     Appointments for vaccinations recommended.

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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