A resident of Humboldt County has died of COVID-19. Eleven new cases of the virus have been reported today, and one previously reported case was found to be from another county and has been removed. The total number of county residents who tested positive is now 3,895.
The person who died was in his 80s. Humboldt County Public Health and Emergency Response Officers extend their condolences to the community member’s family, friends, and caregivers.
In today’s weekly update of the Safer Economy Plan, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that Humboldt County remains in the “orange”
The CDPH requires two weeks of deteriorating data to move to a more restrictive stratum, but according to the state’s website, if the CDPH “finds that there are objective signs of stability or improvement, the county may remain level.” The CDPH points out that the signs of stability are related to both limiting current outbreaks and the ability of the local hospital system to meet expected demand.
Local public health officials stressed that community members can support efforts to reduce cases by continuing to wear a mask in line with national guidelines, avoiding large gatherings – especially indoors – and getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
The Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Thursday, May 6, at the Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department (50 Center St.). The walks will be accommodated while doses are available. To pre-register, go to MyTurn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255.
Many local pharmacies also offer vaccination against COVID-19. To check availability and time, go to VaccineFinder.org.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidelines for facial coverage for fully vaccinated individuals. The CDPH followed this announcement by issuing guidelines that closely reflect the CDC, with a few notable exceptions.
While CDC management states that unvaccinated people can opt out of outdoor masking, except in large crowds, CDPH still requires masking at any time 6 feet away cannot be maintained. Both agencies say everyone should continue to wear face masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
To read the CDPH manual in full, go to cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx.
View the Humboldt County Dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download today’s data.
For the latest information on COVID-19, 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.
Some local pharmacies offer COVID-19 vaccination appointments. See if there are appointments in one of these places by clicking on the links below.
CVS Pharmacy: cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?icid=cvs-home-hero1-link2-coronavirus-vaccine
Ritual help: riteaid.com/covid-19
Register for vaccination against COVID-19: MyTurn.ca.gov
Vaccine search: VaccineFinder.org
Information on the local vaccine against COVID-19: humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo
HOVbolt County COVID-19 Datasheet: humboldtgov.org/Dashboard
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