COVID spike begins to strain health resources


Humboldt Bomgaars and its customers raised $392.60 for the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation to go toward the radiology department for equipment needs and to provide financial assistance to uninsured Humboldt County residents needing breast cancer testing, thanks to a Ladies Night shopping event on Oct. 24, 2021. Unfortunately, the Foundation announced this week that it is forced to postpone its annual gala due to the pandemic. It has been rescheduled for Jan. 21, 2023. Submitted photo.

COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County struck pretty hard around Christmas.
From Dec. 20-27, there were 85 positive COVID-19 cases in the county, according to Michelle Sleiter, CEO of Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.
“COVID did strike us pretty hard and pretty quickly. We are assuming it is the Omicron variant because of the fast spread,” she said noting the testing to determine which variant is done at the state level.
“85 positives in seven days is very high compared to other variants we’ve experienced,” Sleiter said.
On Monday, Sleiter released updated figures showing Humboldt County with 205 positive cases between Dec. 20 and Jan. 3.

Humboldt County COVID-19 Positive Cases
Dec. 20 – Jan. 3:
205 positive COVID-19 cases
• 39: 0-17 ages
• 75: 18-40 ages
• 52: 41-60 ages
• 33: 61-80 ages
• 6: 81 plus ages
Forty-nine percent of these cases were unvaccinated.
CDC states that data from South Africa and the United Kingdom demonstrate that vaccine effectiveness against infection for two doses of an mRNA vaccine is approximately 35 percent.
A COVID-19 vaccine booster dose restores vaccine effectiveness against infection to 75 percent.
Read more information about how the hospital is dealing with the Omicron variant in this week's Humboldt Independent. Stay informed by subscribing by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Founder's event postponed
Following thorough conversations with Humboldt County Public Health and the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital, the Founder’s Event scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, has been postponed.
This is due to an increase in positive cases and overwhelming concerns of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.
The 2022 Founder’s Event set for Saturday, Jan. 15, has been postponed to Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.
The HCMH Foundation will be reaching out to all sponsors and ticket holders. While all sales are final, funds secured will be carried over and honored for the 2023 event.

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