Only four new cases of COVID-19 were reported today in Humboldt County, bringing to 3,984 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.
Humboldt County Public Health officials say low case numbers are always good news but point out that only 84 tests were resulted in this reporting period. They went on to urge community residents, especially those who are unvaccinated, to continue to wear a face covering and avoid large gatherings, adding that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect oneself and the community from the virus.
A Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic is scheduled for Friday, May 14, at the Samoa Women’s Club. The club is located at 115 Rideout Ave. in Samoa, and hours are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. This one-dose vaccine is authorized for county residents age 18 and older. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is strongly encouraged and helps to prevent wasted doses. Sign up in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. Read more about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/JnJ_factsheet.pdf.
The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 to 15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet Wednesday to review the data, and health officials expect ACIP to authorize Pfizer for this age group by the end of this week or early next week. If authorized, this will be the only vaccine available for people ages 12 to 18.
In preparation for this expansion, Public Health is planning to hold a Pfizer vaccine clinic in the coming weeks, which will be posted to My Turn when details are finalized. Community residents who would prefer to get vaccinated sooner can schedule with their health care provider or go to vaccines.gov to check availability at local pharmacies.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that Humboldt County will remain in the “Orange” or Moderate tier under the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” with an adjusted case rate of 7.9 and a positivity rate of 4.2%.
For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or by contacting email@example.com or calling 707-441-5000.
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