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COVID-19 Statistics | Jan. 11, 2022 | Lost Coast Outpost

Today, the Humboldt County Department of Public Health is reporting that a person aged 80 or older has died from COVID-19. The staff at the department’s operations center extend their deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one due to the virus.

223 new new cases of COVID-19 were reported, bringing the total number of residents who tested positive for the virus to 12,506. Two new hospital admissions, one in their 20s and one in their 60s, were also reported.

The California Department of Public Health has updated its guidance on workplace isolation and quarantine with the goal of allowing some vaccinated people to continue to work in specific situations if they are exposed to the virus and do not develop symptoms.

In the workplace, employees who have been vaccinated and eligible for a booster but have not yet received their booster dose and are exposed to a person with COVID can continue to work as long as:

  • A negative diagnostic test is obtained within three to five days after the last exposure
  • The employee will wear an appropriate mask around others for 10 days
  • The employee continued to have no symptoms.

When you are not at work, these employees should stay home and quarantine.

State health officials have extended booster eligibility to children ages 12 to 15 if it has been at least five months since they completed their initial vaccination series. Appointments can be made on the updated state vaccination portal My Turn.

Public Health continues to monitor rising case numbers that officials say indicate a highly transmissible Omicron variant is increasing rapidly in Humboldt County.

Health officials continue to say hospitalizations, not positive case numbers, are the best indicator of how the county has been affected in the latest wave of cases. Vaccines and boosters provide an increased level of protection against Omicron, Delta and other variants.

Those individuals who have been fully vaccinated or boosted show milder symptoms, shorter disease duration, fewer hospital stays, and less severe outcomes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rates of hospitalizations by vaccination status, unvaccinated adults are more than 8 times more likely to stay in the hospital than fully vaccinated adults. Domestically, this number is currently 17 times higher.

Public health officials continue to stress that residents, especially those who have not been vaccinated, continue to protect themselves and their families from all variants of COVID-19 by following mask requirements in public spaces, social distancing and getting vaccinated or boosted when they are eligible to do so.

As always, vaccination and testing services are available in Humboldt County free of charge. Although walks are allowed at most regular public health clinics and many drugstore vaccination sites, the increase in demand for boosters has caused delays at some sites. As a result, appointments are required for pediatric clinics and clinics in the public health main office. Appointments are highly 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.

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

See the table below for the dates, times, locations and services of public health immunization and clinic testing. Questions about clinic services can be directed to the Shared Information Center at 1-707-441-5000.

Fortuna – Wednesday, January 12, noon to 6 pm
Fortuna River Lodge (1800 Riverwalk Drive)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
There is no rapid test available at this clinic. PCR testing is offered by OptumServe by appointment only at Fortuna River Lodge.
Appointments for vaccinations are highly recommended.

Eureka – Thursday, January 13, 10am-5pm
(College of the Redwoods Gym Lobby) (7351 Tompkins Hill Rd.)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and Rapid Test are available on a first-come-first-served basis
Appointments for vaccinations are highly recommended.

Petrolia – Friday, January 14, from 11 am to 1:30 pm
Mattol Valley Resource Center (167 Sherman Street)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and Rapid Test are available on a first-come-first-served basis
Appointments for vaccinations are highly recommended.

Honey – Friday 14 January, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Hendeo Elementary School (1 Wilder Ridge Rd)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and Rapid Test are available on a first-come-first-served basis
Appointments for vaccinations are highly recommended.

Redway – Saturday 15th January, 10am-4pm
Healy Senior Center (456 Priceland Rd.)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and Rapid Test are available on a first-come-first-served basis
Appointments for vaccinations are highly recommended.

Eureka – Tuesday, January 18, 9-11:30 a.m.
Public Health Main Office (529 First Street)
Age 12 and over
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
No test available
$25 gift card for adults who receive the first or second dose
Required dates.

Eureka Pediatric Clinic – Tuesday, January 18, 1:15 to 3:45 pm
Public Health Main Office (529 First Street)
Ages 5 to 11 years old
Pfizer only
No test available
Required dates.

Willow Creek – Tuesday, January 18, 10am-3pm Closed noon-1pm
Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson / Moderna
PCR and Rapid Test are available on a first-come-first-served basis
$25 gift card for adults who receive the first or second dose
Appointments for vaccinations are highly recommended.

View the data dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download data from earlier. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org, by calling covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us, or calling 1-707-441-5000.

Sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine: MyTurn.ca.gov
Check availability at your local pharmacy: Vaccines.gov
Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo
Humboldt County COVID-19 Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/Dashboard
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Instagram: @humCoCOVID19
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Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert
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