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Posted on: March 12, 2020

COVID-19 News & Updates

COVID-19 Information

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:

  • All indoor public spaces 
  • Outdoor spaces that are crowded or where people cannot maintain physical distance of six feet or more
  • Outdoor public events
  • Additionally, masking is recommended but not required in private settings.

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.

Vaccination Clinic Update

UPDATED: Friday, September 24 at 5:05 PM

 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.

State & County News Updates

UPDATED: Friday, September 24 at 5:05 PM

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended Pfizer booster doses for certain at-risk groups, following emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week. Click here for more information.
  • The CDC continues to recommend avoiding large events and gatherings in areas of high COVID-19 transmission, which includes Humboldt County. Public Health officials encourage organizers to consider postponing or canceling local events at this time. Click here for more information.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot for people 65 and older and other vulnerable residents six months after completing their first two doses, but excluded those at risk because of their jobs. Additional reviews are pending. Click here to learn more.
  • Pfizer has announced that internal trials have shown that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11, and that the company would seek authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of the month for emergency use in this age group. Click here to learn more.
  • Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman announced that, due to staffing limitations, Public Health will shift its resources away from community-wide contact tracing to places with the most vulnerable populations and with greater ability to control the spread of the virus through vaccination, masking, distancing and ventilation. Those include schools, long-term care facilities, shelters and other congregate living settings. Beginning Monday, September 20, Public Health will no longer call every resident who tests positive for COVID-19. Instead, those who test positive will receive a text message or email from CalCONNECT, the state’s virtual contact tracing system. The message will include a link to a contact tracing survey along with instructions for isolation. Click here to learn more.
  •  In the month of August alone, the county has reported a total of 2,001 new cases of COVID-19, 98 hospitalizations and 22 deaths from the virus. August 2021, by far, has been the deadliest of the pandemic as new hospitalizations strain the local health care system. Please click here for more information.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory warning of severe illness associated with the use of products containing ivermectin to treat COVID-19. The medication, which is intended as treatment for parasitic infections in humans and livestock, is not authorized or approved for treatment or prevention of COVID-19. Poison control centers are noting an increase in calls reporting overdoses and people experiencing adverse effects, which can include gastrointestinal symptoms, low blood pressure, dizziness, loss of balance, seizures, coma or death. Read more from the CDC here.
  • Humboldt County Public Health has expanded testing efforts throughout the County to help contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases. No-cost testing is available seven days a week through the OptumServe site at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka, and an additional location in the county each weekday. Beginning today, a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will be open each Tuesday at Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville. Click here to learn more.
  • On Monday, August 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 16 and older, citing data that showed the vaccine to be 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection among more than 40,000 clinical trial participants. Click here for more information.
  • The California Department of Public Health announced new restrictions for indoor events with 1,000 or more people attending. Starting Monday, September 20, participants will be required to show documentation of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the event. Self-attestation will no longer be allowed. Click here for more information.
  • As some schools start this week, the State of California is requiring that all students and staff wear face coverings in all indoor spaces. Masks are also required outdoors in crowded settings in Humboldt County, like school playgrounds and sports fields, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in areas of high transmission. Please click here to learn more.
  • Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman will issue a Universal Masking Order to take effect at 12:01 AM, Saturday, August 7, for all people age two and older regardless of vaccination status. Click here for more information.
  • Coordination of Humboldt County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic formally transferred from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services to the Department of Health & Human Services effective Thursday, July 1. Click here to learn more.
  • COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are now available at no cost to organizations, including businesses, faith-based organizations and congregate living facilities, through the State of California Testing Task Force. Click here to learn more.
  • Humboldt County residents can now text their ZIP code to 438829 or call 800-232-0233 to find pharmacy locations offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information.
  • As more of the state reopens, Humboldt County Public Health will no longer certify public or private event plans. Event organizers and attendees should continue to follow the state’s industry guidance under the state's “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” Click here to learn more.
  • All Humboldt County residents age 16 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.
  • County health officials are assuring the public about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, while reminding them of common side effects, especially after the second dose of the series. Click here for more information.
  • The California Department of Public Health’s “California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan” can be found here.
  • All COVID-19 compliance activities will be handled by the jurisdiction in which violations are alleged to occur. The COVID-19 Compliance Tip Line, which has been operated by the Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center’s Joint Information Center, was shut down on Friday, January 1. Members of the public who wish to report a potential violation in Arcata may call 707-822-5953. Click here for more information on how to report potential violations in other Humboldt County jurisdictions.

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 covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.

For medical advice or questions regarding COVID-19 testing, contact Humboldt County Public Health by emailing hhsphb@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-445-6200.

City of Arcata News Updates

UPDATED: Friday, July 30 at 4 PM

  •  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. Click here for information on how to access City services remotely.
  • The Arcata Community Forest and the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary are experiencing high volumes of visitors since the stay at home orders have been in place. The City would like community members to continue to be able to enjoy pubic trails during this time, and Community Forest and Marsh visitors are highly encouraged to walk or ride bicycles to avoid parking lot gathering much as possible.
  • Some Humboldt County Schools are closed in response to COVID-19. A list of school closures provided by the Humboldt County Office of Education can be found here.
  • Humboldt State University has taken many precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For the most recent updates from Humboldt State University, please click here.
  • To help avoid the spread of COVID-19 at construction job sites, the City of Arcata requires that all active construction job sites within the City follow new safety protocols until further notice. Please click here to learn more.



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