COVID-19 Statistics | July 1, 2021

COVID-19 Statistics | July 1, 2021

The coordination of the Humboldt County response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been officially transferred from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) effective today.

While the two agencies have worked in tandem for the past 16 months, the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center has been deactivated and response efforts have been reorganized as part of the Departmental Operations Center (DOC) of the DHHS, which will be led by Public Health.

Since the first local case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in February last year, public health, the COU, and community partners have posted testing resources online, established an alternate care site, supervised vaccination about half of the county and developed a vast network of mobile vaccine resources.

Emergency Services Director Ryan Derby said OES’s typical role is to stabilize an emergency so that ongoing response efforts can be integrated into routine government operations.

“This pandemic has been anything but typical. In fact, this is the longest activation in Humboldt County history, and it’s not over yet, although the EOC is in the process of shutting down, ”Derby said. “We are confident that public health can continue to provide the level of services required to effectively meet any needs that arise, and I am grateful to all the volunteers and partners in the region who have helped us get there. “

DHHS provided the majority of staff for the duration of the incident, leaving public health well prepared to handle ongoing needs ranging from contact investigations to vaccination efforts. While the move to a DOC is largely internal, community members may notice changes in the visuals of some county outreach materials.

Public Health Director Sofia Pereira thanked Sheriff Honsal, Ryan Derby and EOC staff for their partnership over the past 16 months. “Public health has worked alongside OES to lay the groundwork for the county’s response, and we will continue this work to provide resources to people who need them,” she said.

The COVID-19 call center will continue to answer questions about safety measures, testing and immunization from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 707-441-5000 or email [email protected]

Fifteen more cases of COVID-19 were reported in Humboldt County today. Two previously reported cases were withdrawn after it was determined that one was from another jurisdiction and another was found to be a false positive. A total of 4,582 county residents have tested positive for the virus.

A county resident in his 40s has been hospitalized since yesterday’s report.

Local health officials are urging anyone aged 12 and over to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and say it is the best way to prevent serious illness and death from the virus. The vaccine is available at public health clinics and most local pharmacies.

Public Health will be holding vaccination clinics in multiple locations over the next week, including during Friday’s Humboldt Crab Game in conjunction with North Coast Senator Mike McGuire and the California Department of Public Health. The first 100 people who get vaccinated at this clinic receive free entry to the game and a hot dog dinner.

Register in advance at See the clinic’s schedule for the next seven days below.

Arcata – Friday July 2 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Arcata Ball Park / Humboldt Crab Game (888 F St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson
Free entry and hot dog dinner for the first 100 people vaccinated at this clinic.

Rio Dell – Saturday July 3 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Dollar General (44 W. Davis St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Fortuna – Tuesday July 6 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Dollar General (650 S. Fortuna Blvd.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Samoa – Wednesday July 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Samoa Women’s Club (115 Rideout Ave.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

Fortuna – Thursday July 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Humboldt Seniors Resource Center (3200 Newburg Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson

County residents aged 12 and over can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for people 18 years of age and over.

The COVID-19 vaccine is also available at many local pharmacies. Check availability at, or text zip code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby. Most pharmacies allow walk-in visits.

Check out the Humboldt County data dashboard online at, or go to to download today’s data.

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit or Local information is available at or by contacting [email protected] or by calling 707-441-5000.

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