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Posted on: September 14, 2022

Sept. 14, 2022 - 1 Death, 2 New Hospitalizations, 82 New Cases

Humboldt County Public Health reported today the death of a resident in their 60s. Two new hospitalizations were also reported including a resident in their 40s and one aged 80 or older.

An additional 72 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 were announced as well as 10 new probable cases for the period between Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Tuesday, Sept. 13. The total number of confirmed cases in the county stands at 21,712. An additional 5,060 cases are reported as probable.* 

The new Moderna and Pfizer bivalent boosters are available for the general public. 

Both the Moderna (18 and older) version of the booster and Pfizer (12 and older) booster are single-dose and include components of the original virus strain and the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, which are now the dominant COVID-19 viruses in the U.S. 

To be eligible, individuals must have completed their primary series dose(s) at least two months prior to receiving an updated booster. According to the California Department of Public Health, people should wait three months following a COVID-19 infection to receive a bivalent booster. Appointments at Public Health clinics are not available at this time and boosters are provided on a walk-in basis. However, currently appointments for boosters can be made through local pharmacies. 

People can receive the updated booster regardless of previous booster doses received. The updated bivalent boosters replace the previous monovalent booster vaccines for individuals 12 years of age and older. Children ages 5 to 11 can still boost their immunity with the monovalent boosters. 

Local vaccination data has been updated on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Highlights include:

  • Since the last weekly report on Sept. 7, an additional 54 residents completed their vaccine series.
  • A total of 91,494 individuals, or approximately 67% of the county’s total population, have been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.

Vaccines remain readily available throughout Humboldt County and vaccination and testing services are free of charge. Walk-ins are welcome at all Public Health clinics and some pharmacy vaccination sites. However, vaccines for young children ages 6 months to 5 years old require preregistration. Appointments can be made at MyTurn.ca.gov. Questions about clinic services can be directed to Public Health at 707-445-6201.

OptumServe offers rapid antigen testing and PCR testing services at the Wharfinger Building seven days a week. Walk-ins will receive only rapid antigen testing unless the attendee specifically states they require a PCR test. Appointments for antigen testing can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123. Wharfinger testing runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is closed from 11 a.m. to noon and 4 to 5 p.m. 

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

Trinidad— Thursday, Sept. 15, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
     Trinidad Town Hall (409 Trinity St.)

Redway— Friday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     Healy Senior Center (456 Briceland Road)

Arcata— Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
     St. Mary’s Church (1690 Janes Road)

Eureka— Monday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Public Health Main (529 I St.)

Eureka – Tuesday, Sept. 20 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Eureka Boat Launch (Waterfront Drive under the Samoa Bridge)

Willow Creek— Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
     Willow Creek Public Health (77 Walnut Way)

* “Confirmed cases” represent the total confirmed positive PCR test results or detection of SARS-CoV-2 by genomic sequencing, and “probable cases” are individuals who:

  • Have a positive antigen (Ag) test for COVID-19, or
  • Were diagnosed with COVID-19 disease by a health care provider, or
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 disease after being in close contact with a person having a PCR-confirmed test result, or
  • Were a decedent whose death certificate lists COVID-19 as a cause or significant contributing factor of their death, in the absence of a positive PCR test result. 

 

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/3246
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Sep 14 COVID Update (PDF)

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