UPDATED: Friday, September 24 at 5:05 PM
Arcata City Hall is open for in-person services from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases locally, face coverings are required for all City employees and members of the public inside City facilities regardless of vaccination status. Click here for information on how to access City services remotely.
The City of Arcata is monitoring COVID-19 and is working with, and following all recommended guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services. The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, and the City is dedicated to keeping the community safe and informed during this unprecedented time, and updated COVID-19 related news will be provided on this webpage as it becomes available.
Twenty-three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported on Friday, September 24. A total of 8,352 Humboldt County residents have tested positive for the virus. Two additional hospitalizations have also been reported. Please click here for more information, including a list of upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
The Humboldt County Health Officer has issued a Universal Masking Order that took effect at 12:01 AM, Saturday, August 7, for all people age two and older regardless of vaccination status. Under the terms of the order, masking will be required in:
Members of the public who wish to report potential violations of this Health Order in Arcata may call 707-822-5953.
Public Health officials advise unvaccinated and partially vaccinated community members to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible, as partial vaccination may leave a person vulnerable to variants like Delta. Full vaccination means both doses in a two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Full protection is achieved two weeks after completing the vaccination series. Officials urge those who are hesitant or have questions to discuss their concerns with their primary care provider or speak to a Public Health nurse by calling the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000.
All Humboldt County residents age 12 and over can now sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments through My Turn. This includes people with or without medical conditions and from all sectors and occupations. For more information, click here or visit MyTurn.ca.gov. to sign up to receive a vaccine appointment.
It is important that the community continues to be tested for COVID-19 to prevent the virus from spreading. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should contact their primary care provider or the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000. The OptumServe testing site located in Eureka has expanded free COVID-19 testing to include Saturday and Sunday. Testing is now available from 7 AM to 7 PM every day of the week. To schedule a free COVID-19 test through OptumServe, click here or call 888-634-1123.
The City of Arcata is actively working with Humboldt County health agencies to protect our community, prepare for more local cases and assist in maintaining the health and safety of our region. All residents are encouraged to stay at home as often as possible to slow the spread of the virus.
Local data indicates that getting vaccinated remains the single most important thing eligible residents can do to prevent serious illness from COVID-19.
The Pfizer vaccine is approved for children as young as 12 years old, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 and older. Full protection from the vaccine is achieved two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.
For a full list of upcoming vaccination clinics in Humboldt County, click here. Testing for COVID-19 is now available at most Public Health vaccine clinics, where residents will have the option of getting tested, vaccinated or both. As always, testing and vaccination services are provided free of charge.
Walk-ins are welcome at all Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics, or individuals can sign up in advance online at MyTurn.ca.gov. For instructions in English or Spanish on how to use My Turn, please click here. To schedule a free COVID-19 test through OptumServe, click here or call 888-634-1123.
Please click here for the latest local updates from the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services or to sign up to receive Humboldt County Health Alerts. Information will be updated posted here.
Community members may also contact the County directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.
For medical advice or questions regarding COVID-19 testing, contact Humboldt County Public Health by emailing email@example.com or calling 707-445-6200.
UPDATED: Friday, July 30 at 4 PM