COVID Report / Sept. 28

WEEKLY COVID REPORT: Resident in Their 70s Dies; Three New Hospitalizations

Press release from the Humboldt County Public Health Division:

Humboldt County Public Health reported today the death of a resident in their 70s. Three new hospitalizations were also reported including a resident in their 40s and two in their 50s.

An additional 74 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 were announced as well as 31 new probable cases for the period between Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Tuesday, Sept. 27. The total number of confirmed cases in the county stands at 21,905. An additional 5,136 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 Sept. 21, an additional 96 residents completed their vaccine series.
  • A total of 91,634 individuals, or approximately 67% of the county’s total population, have been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.

Vaccines remain readily available throughout Humboldt County and vaccination and testing services are free of charge. Both of the new bivalent boosters, the Moderna (18 and older) and Pfizer (12 and older) version, are available and appointments can be made at Due to lack of demand, the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is no longer being distributed at Public Health clinics.

Young children ages 6 months to 5 years old can receive a vaccine at Public Health Main’s Monday clinics in Eureka. Appointments are required at All other clinics are for those 5 years of age and older. Questions about clinic services can be directed to Public Health at 707-445-6201.

OptumServe offers rapid antigen testing and PCR testing services at the Wharfinger Building seven days a week. Walk-ins will receive only rapid antigen testing unless the attendee specifically states they require a PCR test. Appointments for antigen testing can be made at or by calling 888-634-1123. Wharfinger testing runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is closed from 11 a.m. to noon and 4 to 5 p.m. 

See the schedule below for specific Public Health vaccination and testing clinic dates, times, locations and available services. 

    Eureka— Thursday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. 
    Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center (133 Seventh St.)

    Arcata— Friday, Sept. 30, 3 to 5:30 p.m. 
    Carlson Park (5201 Carlson Park Drive)

    McKinleyville— Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. 
    McKinleyville Unified School District (2285 Central Ave.) 

    Eureka— Monday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
    Public Health Main (529 I St.)

    Blue Lake— Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    Blue Lake Resource Center (111 Greenwood Road)

    Willow Creek— Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    Willow Creek Public Health (77 Walnut Way)

    McKinleyville— Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. 
    The Center at McKinleyville (1615 Heartwood Drive)

    Rio Dell— Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Rio Dell Fire Department (50 Center St.)

* “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:

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

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