COVID REPORT: Six Hospitalizations, 430 New Cases Confirmed Last Week; Antiviral drugs available


Humboldt County Public Health reported six new hospitalizations today, two residents in their 60s and four aged 80 or older. An additional 306 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported along with 124 new probable cases for the period between Tuesday May 10 and Tuesday May 17. The total number of confirmed cases in the county stands at 18,078. An additional 3,304 cases are reported as probable.*

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

  • Since the last weekly report on May 11, 106 additional residents have completed their series of vaccines.
  • A total of 90,104 people, or about 66% of the county’s total population, were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.

As part of the federal government’s national COVID-19 preparedness plan, the national Test to Treat initiative has been launched, with a Humboldt location in the Wharfinger Building. At Test to Treat sites, people are tested for COVID-19 and if a person tests positive, is 12 or older, and treatments are deemed appropriate for them, the antiviral drug Paxlovid will be administered free of charge. A registered nurse is on site with a telehealth link to a doctor to dispense medication, if the patient wishes.

Paxlovid was developed as an oral pill and created to help prevent high-risk patients from getting sick enough to require hospitalization. The drug is for people with mild or moderate initial symptoms of COVID-19 who are at risk of severe disease. This can include the elderly and those who are immunocompromised or have conditions such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.

The OptumServe test site at Wharfinger Building now serves as Humboldt County’s first Test to Treat site, and the service operates daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1 Marina Way in Eureka. The site is closed from 11 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. A medical care provider will be available to review patients’ current medications. Participants should have a list of their medications with them.

OptumServe continues to offer rapid antigen testing and PCR testing services at the Wharfinger site. PCR tests are only available without an appointment and must be specifically requested from the participant. Walk-in attendees should only receive rapid antigen tests unless they specifically indicate that they need a PCR test. Appointments for antigen testing can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.

Vaccines will be available at this weekend’s Redwood Coast Kite Festival & Artisan Fair in Eureka at Halverson Park. Humboldt County Public Health will join a vaccine team from the California Department of Public Health to provide free first and second vaccines and booster shots to attendees at the event on Saturday, May 21, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Additionally, vaccines remain readily available throughout Humboldt County and, as always, Humboldt’s vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. Walk-ins are welcome at all public health clinics and some pharmacy vaccination sites. Appointments can also be made at MyTurn.ca.gov.

Pfizer and Moderna’s second booster shots are available at all Humboldt County Public Health immunization clinics for people 50 and older, as well as some immunocompromised people, provided four months have passed. their first booster injection. Those interested in a second booster can also check with pharmacies for availability. 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 that offers vaccines.

Check the calendar below for dates, times, locations and services available for public health-specific vaccination and screening clinics. Questions about clinic services can be directed to Public Health at 707-445-6201.

Trinidad — Thursday, May 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Trinidad City Hall (409 Trinity St.)
5 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Walk-ins are welcome.

Redway — Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Healy Senior Center (456 Briceland Road)
5 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Walk-ins are welcome.

Eureka — Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Redwood Coast Kite Festival and Craft Fair
Halvorsen Park (1003 Waterfront Drive)
5 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Walk-ins are welcome.

Willow Creek — Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Veterans Park (100 Kimtu Road)
5 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Walk-ins are welcome.

Eureka — Monday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Main Office of Public Health (529 I St.)
5 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Walk-ins are welcome.

Eureka — Tuesday, May 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Main Office of Public Health (529 I St.)
5 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Walk-ins are welcome.

Willow Creek — Tuesday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Office of Public Health (77 Walnut Way)
5 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Walk-ins are welcome.

McKinleyville — Wednesday, May 25, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The McKinleyville Center (1615 Heartwood Dr.)
5 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Walk-ins are welcome.

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

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

Register for COVID-19 vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov
Check 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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Humboldt Health Alert: humboldtgov.org/HumboldtHealthAlert

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