19 | Humboldt County Public Health reports 2 new hospitalizations, 137 new cases – Times-Standard

The following is a press release from Humboldt County Public Health:

Humboldt County Public Health reported two new hospitalizations today, a resident in his 60s and one in his 70s. No new deaths were reported.

An additional 90 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 were announced, as well as 47 new probable cases between Tuesday 15 November and Tuesday 22 November. The total number of confirmed cases in the county stands at 22,521. An additional 5,461 cases are reported as probable.*

Health officials are urging community residents to take precautions this season after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported an increase in cases of COVID-19 and earlier-than-expected flu activity and cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV ) throughout the state and country.

Anyone can contract any of these respiratory illnesses, but those most at risk of developing severe complications from influenza, COVID-19, and RSV are usually young children and infants, as well as adults 65 and older, as well as people with compromised immune system.

Respiratory illnesses such as influenza, COVID-19, and RSV can be prevented with good respiratory hygiene, including regular hand washing, avoiding close contact with people experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, and disinfection of highly sensitive surfaces. Masking is also an effective countermeasure, with N95 or KN95 respirators providing the highest degree of protection. As with COVID-19, infants and toddlers under 2 should not wear a mask.

Following these tips, as well as getting a seasonal flu shot and keeping up-to-date on vaccinations and revaccinations against COVID-19, are important measures to protect yourself and those around you.

Local COVID-19 vaccination data updated:

  • Since the last weekly report on November 16, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has consolidated two vaccine databases, resulting in the removal of 396 individuals in Humboldt County who have completed their vaccine series. Public Health is awaiting clarification from CDPH on what criteria were followed to determine the reclassification.
  • A total of 91,874 people, or approximately 68% of the county’s total population, had been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.
  • OptumServe offers rapid antigen testing and PCR testing services at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka five days a week. Entrants will only receive a rapid antigen test unless the entrant specifically states that they require a PCR test. You can make an appointment for an antigen test by calling 888-634-1123. Wharfinger testing takes place Sunday to Thursday from 7am to 7pm and is closed from 11am to noon and 4 to 5pm. Additional testing locations and schedules are available at humboldtgov.org/2787/Test-Registration.

See the schedule below for specific dates, times, locations and services available at public health vaccination and testing clinics. Please note: several regularly scheduled clinics are canceled during Thanksgiving week.

Eureka – Monday, November 28, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m
Eureka Public Health (529 I St.)

Eureka – Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Weather dependent. Clinic will be canceled if it rains.)
Eureka Boat Boarding (1701 Waterfront Drive, under the Samoa Bridge)

Eureka – Tuesday, November 29, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
Agricultural Building (5630 Broadway)

Willow Creek – Tuesday, Nov. 29, 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:

  • You have a positive antigen (Ag) test for COVID-19, or
  • have been diagnosed with the disease COVID-19 by a healthcare provider, or
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 after being in close contact with a person who has a PCR-confirmed test result, or
  • You were a deceased person whose death certificate listed COVID-19 as the cause or a significant contributing factor in their death, in the absence of a positive PCR test result.

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