COVID-19 Statistics | January 14, 2022 | Lost Coast Outpost

Humboldt County Public Health reported 185 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus to 12,918. No new deaths or hospitalizations were reported.

Since the last data update on January 7, the county has recorded 1,113 new cases of COVID-19. Four deaths were reported during this period, three were unvaccinated and one with unknown vaccination status. Seven new resident hospitalizations were also reported. Five were unvaccinated and two were fully vaccinated. The age ranges of hospitalizations reported during the seven-day period are as follows:

  • 1 person in their twenties
  • 1 person in their 50s
  • 1 person in their 60s
  • 3 people aged 70
  • 1 person aged 80 or over

The graphs below, which illustrate average weekly case rates and estimated weekly hospitalization and death rates among unvaccinated and fully vaccinated local residents, show that the most severe COVID-19 outcomes are highest among unvaccinated people.

For the reporting period between June 5, 2021 and January 2, 2022, 16 fully vaccinated Humboldt County residents died of COVID-19. The average age of these deaths was 79 years. During that same period, 48 unvaccinated residents died of the virus. The average age of these deaths was 67 years. During this same period, 56 fully vaccinated residents were hospitalized with an average age of 74 years and 244 unvaccinated people were hospitalized with an average age of 58 years.

The graph above from data between June 5, 2021 and January 2, 2022 illustrates the county’s current weekly hospitalization rate for those fully vaccinated is 0.2 per 100,000 while the rate for those not vaccinated is 11 times higher at 2.2 per 100,000. Over the past 10 weeks, hospitalization and death rates for unvaccinated people were about 11 times higher than for fully vaccinated people. See a more detailed description of the graph of hospitalization and mortality rates.

The current seven-day average case rate in Humboldt County is about 81, which means that per 100,000 residents, about 81 have tested positive daily over the past seven days. Case rates vary widely by vaccination status, as illustrated in the graph below, which represents average weekly case rates since February 2021 among unvaccinated and fully vaccinated residents.

The most recent seven-day average case rate for the period ending Jan. 2 for fully vaccinated people is 84 per 100,000 people, while the case rate for unvaccinated people is 58 per 100,000 people. . Despite the increase in coronavirus infections among vaccinated people, experts say vaccines still significantly reduce the risk of serious illness. “Just because you have a breakthrough infection doesn’t mean the vaccine doesn’t work and give you huge benefits,” [said] Dr. Justin Lessler, professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. See a more detailed description of the graph of case rate here.

The California Department of Public Health has updated its guidance on isolation and quarantine for workplaces aimed at allowing certain vaccinated people to continue working in specific circumstances.

State health officials also recently expanded eligibility and recommend boosters for children ages 12 to 15 if it’s been at least five months since they completed their vaccination series. primary. Appointments can be made on the state’s updated immunization portal My turn.

Public health is monitoring an increase in cases that officials attribute to the highly transmissible variant of Omicron. Officials continue to emphasize that residents, especially those who are unvaccinated, are working to protect themselves and their families from all variants of COVID-19 by following mask requirements in public places, by social distancing and getting vaccinated or vaccinated when they are eligible to do so.

Health officials are also reminding residents that hospitalizations, rather than the number of positive cases, are the best indicator of the impact on the county during the latest surge in cases. Vaccines and boosters provide an increased level of protection against Omicron, Delta and other variants.

Fully vaccinated or vaccinated people generally develop milder symptoms, shorter duration of illness, and have fewer hospitalizations and less severe outcomes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hospitalization rate by vaccination status, unvaccinated adults are more than 8 times more likely to be hospitalized than fully vaccinated adults. Locally, this number is currently 13 times higher for the period from January 2 to January 8.

The Joint COVID-19 Information Center (1-707-441-5000) will be closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. English and Spanish-speaking operators will resume their regular activities on Tuesday to answer questions related to vaccinations, tests and preventive measures against COVID-19. Questions emailed to covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us during the holidays will also be answered on Tuesday.

OptumServe’s testing sites at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka and Azalea Hall in McKinleyville will be open during the holidays on Monday. Appointments are mandatory and can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.

As always, Humboldt County vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. Although walk-in visits are allowed at most regular public health clinics and many pharmacy vaccination sites, an increase in demand for callbacks has caused delays in some locations. Therefore, appointments are required for pediatric clinics and for clinics at the main Public Health office. Appointments are strongly recommended for all other clinics and are the best way to ensure that a vaccine is available when you visit. Appointments can be made at MyTurn.ca.gov.

Vaccines, including boosters, are available at local pharmacies. To check the availability of a specific vaccine, visit the vaccines.gov or text your postcode to 438829 to locate a nearby pharmacy offering vaccines.

Check the calendar below for dates, times, locations and services available for public health-specific vaccination and screening clinics. Questions about clinic services can be directed to the Joint Information Center at 1-707-441-5000.

Redway – Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Healy Senior Center (456 Briceland Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Appointment for vaccinations strongly advised.

Eureka — Tuesday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — SOLD OUT
Main Office of Public Health (529 I St.)
12 years and over
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
No test available
$25 gift card for adults receiving a first or second dose
Appointment required.

Eureka Pediatric Clinic — Tuesday, January 18, 1:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Main Office of Public Health (529 I St.)
5 to 11 years old
Pfizer only
No test available
Appointment required.

Willow Creek — Tuesday, January 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m.
Office of Public Health (77 Walnut Way)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
$25 gift card for adults receiving a first or second dose
Appointment for vaccinations strongly advised.

Arcata — Wednesday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
D Street Neighborhood Center (1301 D Street)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
PCR and rapid tests available on a first-come, first-served basis
Appointment for vaccinations strongly advised.

Hoopa — Thursday, January 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hoopa Fire Station (11121 Route 96)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
No rapid test available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe by appointment only at the Hoopa Fire Station.
Appointment for vaccinations strongly advised.

Eureka — Friday, January 21, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Modern
No rapid test available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe by appointment on the ground floor of the Wharfinger building.
Appointment for vaccinations strongly advised.

View the online data dashboard at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download data from a previous hour. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov Where cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 1-707-441-5000.

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