Humboldt County Public Health announced today that four new hospitalizations were made, including one for a resident aged 50, one for a patient in their 60s, two for patients in their 70s. There were no new deaths.
A total of 119 additional confirmed positive cases were reported. 45 new probable cases were also announced for the period Tuesday, Sept. 13 through Tuesday, Sept. 20. The total number confirmed cases in the county is 21,831. Additional 5,105 cases are reported to be probable.*
Both of the new bivalent boosters—the Moderna (18 and older) and Pfizer (12 and older) versions—are being distributed at all Public Health vaccine clinics. Moderna stock may be less than the Pfizer (12 and older) versions, but both mRNA boosters are still viable, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Online bookings are now possible MyTurn.ca.gov. Walk-ins are welcome.
The new boosters can be used once per day and are intended to fight both the original virus strain and Omicron subvariants BA.4 or BA.5, which are the dominant COVID-19 viruses in America.
Individuals must have completed their primary dose(s) within two months to be eligible for an updated boost. The California Department of Public Health recommends that people wait three months after a COVID-19 infected to receive a bivalent boost. The updated booster can be received regardless of previous booster doses. The bivalent boosters have been updated to replace the monovalent booster vaccines that were used for people 12 years old and older. Monovalent boosters are still available for children aged 5-11.
The COVID-19 data dashboard has been updated to include local vaccination data. Highlights include:
- 44 additional residents have completed their vaccine series since the last weekly report, Sept. 14.
- A total of 91,538 individuals, or approximately 67% of the county’s total population, have been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.
Vaccines are still readily available in Humboldt County. Testing and vaccinations are also available at no cost. All Public Health clinics accept walk-ins, as well as some pharmacy vaccination sites. Preregistration is required for vaccines for infants and toddlers 6 months to 5 years of age. Appointments can also be made at MyTurn.ca.gov. Public Health can be reached at 707-445-6201 for more information about clinic services.
OptumServe offers PCR testing and rapid antigen testing at the Wharfinger building seven days a semaine. Walk-ins are not eligible for PCR testing. Appointments for antigen testing can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123. Wharfinger testing takes place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; it is closed from 11 am to noon and from 4 to 5 pm.
For specific Public Health vaccination and testing clinic dates and times, locations, as well as available services, please see the schedule below.
Arcata— Thursday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Arcata Transit Center (925 E St.)
Honeydew— Friday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Honeydew Elementary (1 Wilder Ridge Road)
Petrolia— Friday, Sept. 23, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mattole Valley Resource Center (167 Sherman St.)
Eureka— Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Jefferson Community Center (1000 B St.)
* “Confirmed cases”These are the total confirmed positive PCR results or detection of SARS/CoV-2 by genome sequencing. “probable cases”Individuals who:
- Have a positive antigen (Ag) test for COVID-19, or
- A health care provider has diagnosed you with COVID-19.
- Having symptoms of COVID-19 after coming into contact with a person with a confirmed PCR-confirmed test, or
- Were a decedent who’s death certificate listed COVID-19, as a cause or significant contributor factor of their death, even though there was no positive PCR test.
Register for COVID-19 vaccination MyTurn.ca.gov
Verify the availability of vaccines in your local pharmacy Vaccines.gov
Local COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo
Data Dashboard for Humboldt County COVID-19 humboldtgov.org/3246
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Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert