Daily COVID Report / Aug. 4

COVID REPORT: Eighty-Two (82) New Cases Confirmed Today, a New Pandemic Record


Press release from the Humboldt County Public Health Division:

Eighty-two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Humboldt County today, the highest single-day count in the county and far exceeding the average daily cases at the height of the pandemic in January. The total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus now stands at 5,351. 

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman will issue a Universal Masking Order to take effect at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, for all people age two and older regardless of vaccination status. 

Under the terms of the order, masking will be required in:

  • All indoor public spaces 
  • Outdoor spaces that are crowded or where people cannot maintain physical distance of six feet or more
  • Outdoor public events.

Additionally, masking is recommended but not required in private settings.

Health officials noted today that hospital capacity is nearing its limit in the community, while Humboldt County vaccination rates remain below the statewide average of 63.1%. As of this week, 50.6% of the total county population is fully vaccinated and another 5.9% is partially vaccinated.

Dr. Hoffman said he hoped the universal masking order would reduce hospitalization and case rates and prevent lockdown and closure of businesses and schools. He said the order is made necessary by hospitalization levels, vaccination rates, case rates and the presence of variants and will be reconsidered on an ongoing basis and continuously reevaluated based on these factors. 

“We understand the impact this past 18 months has had on all of us,” the doctor said. “We are all exhausted by the pandemic, but our work is not done. We have to work together as a community to bring the spread of COVID-19 under control.” 

Dr. Roberta Luskin-Hawk, Chief Executive of St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County commented on the impact of COVID-19 hospitalizations and death in the local community. “People have gotten numb with numbers, but it’s real people. It could be your neighbor,” she said. “The death of someone who is unvaccinated is needless. It’s a tragedy for that person and for the people who love them, but it also has a devastating effect on the health care team because they feel like it didn’t have to happen.”

Eligible residents are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. All available vaccines are effective at preventing serious outcomes from COVID-19. Vaccine is available by appointment and to walk-ins at Public Health vaccination clinics located throughout the county, and most local pharmacies also offer COVID-19 vaccines. See the Public Health clinic schedule for the next seven days below, and sign up in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov.  

Eureka – Thursday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     College of the Redwoods Gym (7351 Tompkins Hill Road)
     Pfizer/Moderna

McKinleyville – Friday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Six Rivers Brewery (1300 Central Ave.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson
     *$5 voucher toward food and drink for those who get vaccinated at this clinic.

McKinleyville – Friday, Aug. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m.
     Ace Hardware (2725 Central Ave.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson
     *$25 gift card from Ace for those who get vaccinated at this clinic.

Eureka – Saturday, Aug. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     North Coast Stand Down (Veterans Memorial Building, 1018 H St.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Blue Lake – Sunday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
     Blue Lake Resource Center (111 Greenwood Ave.)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson 

Eureka – Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Eureka Boat Launch (1701 Waterfront Drive under the Hwy. 255 overpass)
     Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

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. 

To check availability of vaccines at local pharmacies, visit vaccines.gov or text a ZIP code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby. Most pharmacies allow walk-ins.

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

For facial covering recommendations and mandates, go to cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx.

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

Sign up for COVID-19 vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov
Check for vaccine availability at a local pharmacy: Vaccines.gov
Local COVID-19 vaccine information: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo
Humboldt County COVID-19 Data Dashboard: humboldtgov.org/Dashboard
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Aug. 4

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

Cases

New Cases

82

Seven-Day Average

49
Case Updates
Testing

Number of Tests

441

% Positive

18.6%

So Far

Cases

Total Cases

5,351

Hospitalizations

240
Testing

Total Tests

105,094

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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