Daily COVID Report / Aug. 18

COVID REPORT: Thirty-Six (36) New Cases Confirmed Today; Three New Hospitalizations


Press release from the Humboldt County Public Health Division:

Thirty-six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Humboldt County today. The total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus now stands at 6,288. Three new hospitalizations were also reported, including two people in their 60s and one person in their 80s.

Given the surge in local cases, many residents are using at-home rapid antigen tests to screen for COVID-19. Unlike PCR tests, rapid antigen tests require a higher level of virus in the sample before the test will turn positive, meaning false-positive results are unlikely. As a result, local health officials have advised that a positive rapid test result does not require confirmatory PCR testing unless required for documentation purposes at work, school or if directed by a medical professional. 

Instead, the infected individual is advised to isolate for at least 10 days from the date of the positive tests, even if they do not have symptoms. Symptomatic individuals should isolate for at least 10 days from the day the symptoms began. They may be released from isolation after 10 days as long as symptoms have improved and 24 hours have passed without fever. 

Anyone with a positive test should also notify their close contacts of exposure. Unvaccinated close contacts should quarantine for 10 days, and fully vaccinated close contacts do not need to quarantine but should test 3-5 days after the exposure.

Vaccine remains broadly available at this time and is the most effective way to prevent COVID-19. While breakthrough cases do occur, all available vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from the virus. Vaccine is available at Public Health clinics located throughout the county, and walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment in advance, go to MyTurn.ca.gov.

See the schedule of upcoming Public Health clinics below: 

Orick – Thursday, Aug. 19, from noon to 2 p.m.
Orick Elementary School (120918 Hwy. 101)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Thursday, Aug. 19, from noon to 3 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Trinidad – Thursday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m.
     Trinidad Elementary School (300 Trinity St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Friday, Aug. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Carlotta – Friday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
     Cuddeback Elementary (300 Wilder Road)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

McKinleyville – Saturday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Church of the Joyful Healer (1944 Central Ave.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Saturday, Aug. 21, from noon to 5 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Arcata – Sunday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Carlson Park (Mad River Pkwy. E)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Ferndale – Sunday, Aug. 22, from noon to 5 p.m.
     Humboldt County Fair – main parking lot (1250 Fifth St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson 

Most local pharmacies also offer COVID-19 vaccines, and many allow walk-ins. Visit vaccines.gov to check availability, or text a ZIP code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby.

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for children as young as 12 years old. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 and older. Full protection from the vaccine is achieved two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

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


Aug. 18

= historic data. All data from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center.

Cases

New Cases

36

Seven-Day Average

64
Case Updates
Testing

Number of Tests

278

% Positive

12.9%

So Far

Cases

Total Cases

6,288

Hospitalizations

292
Testing

Total Tests

110,976

Demographics
As of Monday, July 19

Age

Average Age

36
Sex

Men

48%

Women

52%
Region

Northern Humboldt

988

Humboldt Bay Area

3353

Southern Humboldt

394
By Zip Code
Town Zip Total cases
Eureka 95501 935
The O3 95503 844
Arcata 95521 732
Fortuna 95540 569
McKinleyville 95519 505
Hoopa 95546 313
Rio Dell 95562 142
Redway 95560 79
Ferndale 95536 60
Loleta 95551 60
Trinidad 95570 54
Garberville 95542 49
Bayside 95524 48
Willow Creek 95573 44
Blue Lake 95525 43
Hydesville 95547 42
Scotia 95565 31
Kneeland 95549 26
Miranda 95553 24
Samoa 95564 21
Carlotta 95528 17
Fields Landing 95537 14
Orleans 95556 13
Myers Flat 95554 13
Whitethorn 95589 10
Weott 95571 9
Redcrest 95569 8
Honeydew 95545 7
Orick 95555 6
Alderpoint 95511 6
Per Capita
Town Zip Cases per capita
Hoopa 95546 8.31%
Honeydew 95545 6.93%
Redway 95560 5.39%
Samoa 95564 4.86%
Myers Flat 95554 4.53%
Loleta 95551 4.37%
Fields Landing 95537 4.31%
Hydesville 95547 4.29%
Rio Dell 95562 4.15%
Scotia 95565 4.02%
Fortuna 95540 3.98%
Eureka 95501 3.98%
Arcata 95521 3.41%
Weott 95571 3.32%
The O3 95503 3.31%
Blue Lake 95525 3.0%
Willow Creek 95573 2.83%
Bayside 95524 2.78%
Redcrest 95569 2.71%
McKinleyville 95519 2.64%
Miranda 95553 2.63%
Kneeland 95549 2.48%
Trinidad 95570 2.37%
Garberville 95542 2.36%
Orleans 95556 2.07%
Ferndale 95536 2.07%
Alderpoint 95511 2.07%
Orick 95555 1.78%
Carlotta 95528 1.14%
Whitethorn 95589 1.02%

Data from CalREDIE. Zip codes not listed have experienced five cases or fewer. Zip code populations from the American Community Survey, 2018.


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