COVID-19 Statistics | 20 July 2021 | The lost outpost of the coast

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COVID-19 Statistics | 20 July 2021 | The lost outpost of the coast

23 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Humboldt County today, bringing the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus to 4,798. Three new hospitalizations were also reported, including a person in their forties and one in their fifties. Age and one in his sixties.

The Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory has identified more than a dozen cases of the delta variant since it was first detected in the county in early May. Gene sequencing identified only one case of the variant in May, but by June the delta variant had been identified in 25% of the sequenced samples.

According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the delta variant is estimated to be 64% more transmissible than the alpha variant which in turn is 50% more transmissible than the original virus.

What the CDC refers to as breakthrough cases is to be expected with any vaccine, and Humboldt County has seen infections in vaccinated people just as it has in the rest of California with the emergence of the delta variant. However, with very few exceptions, these cases are mild in otherwise healthy people.

Vaccination protects against serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. The CDC reports that only 3% of COVID-related hospitalizations in the United States and less than 1% of deaths have occurred in fully vaccinated people. In Humboldt County, those numbers were lower, with only two of 222 hospitalizations and none of the 53 COVID-related deaths in Humboldt County occurring in the fully vaccinated population.

Public health officials advise unvaccinated and partially vaccinated community members to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible, because partial vaccination may leave a person vulnerable to variants such as delta. Complete vaccination means both doses in a series of two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Full protection is achieved two weeks after completing the vaccination series. Officials urge those who are hesitant or who have questions to discuss their concerns with their primary care provider or speak to a public health nurse by calling the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000.

Unvaccinated residents over two years of age are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. Some California counties have begun issuing warnings recommending indoor masks be hidden in public regardless of vaccination status, and Los Angeles County has reinstated indoor masking requirements.

The vaccine is available at public health clinics and most local pharmacies. All public health clinics are welcome without prior reservation, or register in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. See the clinic’s schedule for the next seven days below.

Fortuna – Wednesday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
River Lodge Convention Center (1800 Riverwalk Drive)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Arcata – Thursday, July 22, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Arcata Transit Center (925 E St.)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Redway – Friday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dean Creek RV Park (4112 Redwood Drive)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Fortuna – Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Redwood AutoXpo (Veterans Memorial Building, 1426 Main Street)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Arcata – Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Arcata Farmers Market (Arcata Plaza, 808 G St.)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Arcata – Sunday, July 25 from noon to 4 pm
Community celebration of park adoption (Mad River Pkwy. E)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for children up to 12 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is permitted for those 18 years of age or older.

To check the availability of these vaccines, as well as Moderna, at your local pharmacies, visit Vaccines.gov Or text a zip code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby. Most pharmacies allow walking.

View your Humboldt County dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives To download today’s data.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or by calling covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us Or call 707-441-5000.

Sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine: MyTurn.ca.gov
Check if the vaccine is available 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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