There was support for continuing to allow call-in commenting and McKinleyville resident Brian Mitchell, another member of the Planning Commission, related that his vaccinated family was recently exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Alarmingly, the county’s testing positivity rate increased to 11.83 percent, which the county describes as “the highest rate at any point in the last 12 months.”
Local, state and federal health officials continue to urge residents to get fully vaccinated to protect against severe illness and death from COVID-19. Most local pharmacies offer the vaccines. Vaccine is also available by appointment and to walk-ins at Public Health vaccination clinics located throughout the county.
Because of evolving circumstances, the university is announcing the pending requirement now without waiting for any further action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dates by which faculty, staff and students must certify vaccination will vary by campus due to differences in academic calendars, but all certifications must be completed no later than September 30.
As vaccination runs strong in older age groups, a recent trend of infections among younger people is widespread and seen locally.
In a July 7 press release, the county advised that “with new cases on the rise across the state and the presence of the more contagious Delta variant in the community, public health officials continue to advise all eligible residents to get fully vaccinated.”
The availability of vaccines has changed the scope of infection control. “Really, where we’re at in the pandemic is a place of personal choice,” said county Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman.
Janine Volkmar Mad River Union “We’re glad to have games again and come back outside,” Kurt Medeiros said, standing in line for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Arcata Ball Park on Saturday, June 19. Medeiros was there with his son, Corey, and his wife, Shannon Medeiros. The family lives in McKinleyville and have been…
The rising case rate and hospitalizations were flagged by Supervisor Mike Wilson, who warned residents against going unvaccinated.
Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy is shifting from mass clinics to mobile outreach, with shots being offered at events and “pop up” clinics. About 41 percent of the county’s population was fully vaccinated as of the end of last week. It marks progress but the pace of vaccination…