A resident of Humboldt County has died of COVID-19, and 36 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported today. One previously recorded case was incorrectly reported as positive due to a laboratory error, and another was found to be a duplicate, so the total number of county residents who tested positive was 2,427.
The person who died was about 50 years old. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr Ian Hoffman expressed his sympathy for all the families affected by the virus, noting that the loss was particularly close to home due to his family̵
Dr Hoffman added that the Moderna vaccine batch, which had been suspended for distribution by the state, was still being investigated by the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the manufacturer.
Dr Hoffman said that while this pause delayed the implementation of a significant number of doses allocated to Humboldt County, efforts to build local vaccination capacity continued.
On Tuesday, 19 additional disaster workers were sworn in as voluntary vaccinators, a total of 40 in the past week. “This pandemic has affected us all and will take us out of it,” Dr. Hoffman said. “I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all of these volunteers who have stepped up to meet the needs of the community.”
Volunteers are still needed. Those interested in volunteering can call the Community Information Line at 707-441-5000 or email [email protected] For more information.
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