Many local volunteers came out in the pouring rain Thursday, Feb. 11, to help Trinity County Public Health administer COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people.

Held at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Weaverville, the vaccination POD (Point of Distribution) administered 361 doses. Some were receiving second doses, while others were getting their first.

Public Health Nursing Director Marcie Jo Cudziol reported that the county and hospital have now administered a total of 1,170 doses and the county has 670 doses on hand for the next POD.

Those getting their first dose were instructed to wait at least 28 days for the second one and instructed to bring their vaccination cards with them. According to information offered at the POD, the second dose does not have an outer time limit, but full protection will not occur until the second is administered. It should be noted that people do not need to receive their second shot from the same location but may also get it through a medical provider or pharmacy when they become available there.

Assistance with everything from traffic control to patient monitoring was provided by volunteer fire personnel from Hawkins Bar, Weaverville, Junction City, along with personnel from Search and Rescue, Caltrans, California Department of Health nurses, along with county Public Health and Health and Human Services staff.

“I would like very much to add that we have an amazing public team and we are all so thankful to our HHS team and all those agencies and organizations that have volunteered to assist us is this important step in combating the COVID-19 virus,” Cudziol said.

Many, but not all of those first responders, have received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine as part of Phase 1A and are waiting a minimum 14 days for the vaccine to reach full efficacy.

The Centers for Disease Control says the Moderna vaccine has demonstrated 94 percent efficacy after the second dose, but data is limited as to the effectiveness following just the first dose. Many medical and news sources around the country are also reporting increased side effect symptoms from the second dose, including chills, fever and flu-like soreness which fades after a few days.  

An updated report last week from the CDC changed the quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated persons.

“Fully vaccinated persons who meet the criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19,” the CDC website said.

State numbers

A post on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s social media pages Monday said the state has now administered over 6 million vaccines and hospital admissions are down 33 percent.

“One month ago, we reported 43,000 cases,” the post read. “Today: 6,487 cases.” It also states that California has gone from a 12 percent positivity rate a month ago to 3.7 percent as of Monday.

In Trinity

By Monday, the county has had 321 confirmed cases, up from 311 last week. According to county information, there are 12 active cases known in the county but none are currently hospitalized and 304 have recovered since the pandemic began. Cudziol said an online resource is being developed to provide public-facing vaccine data to Trinity County residents.

Another shot at it

The Public Health Branch will be administering two more vaccination PODs Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, at Weaverville Elementary School. The POD will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Those who received a first does will not automatically be registered for a second one but will need to sign up at www.trinitycounty.org and those without internet access can call the vaccine line at 623-8235.

State data as of Tuesday

On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health released the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including updated data and tiers for reducing COVID-19 in the state under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

One county, Plumas moved to a less restrictive tier, from Purple (widespread) to Red (substantial). Fifty-two counties remain in Purple (widespread). Three counties, Del Norte, Mariposa and Plumas are in the Red (substantial) tier. Three counties, Alpine, Sierra and Trinity, remained in the Orange (moderate) tier.

► California has 3,412,057 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

► There were 5,692 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

► The 7-day positivity rate is 3.5% and the 14-day positivity rate is 4.2%.

► There have been 46,227,725 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 263,598 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.

► As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 47,107 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

► As of Feb. 16, providers have reported administering a total of 6,262,781 vaccine doses statewide. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed. As of Feb. 16, the CDC reports that 8,250,650 doses have been delivered to entities within the state, and 8,517,000 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

With the Regional Stay at Home Order rescinded statewide as of Jan. 25, all counties are now under the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity.

Blueprint Summary as of Feb. 16:

► 52 counties in the Purple (widespread) Tier

► 3 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier – Del Norte, Mariposa, and Plumas

► 3 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier – Alpine, Sierra, and Trinity

Blueprint tiers are updated weekly on Tuesdays.

Travel advisory

CDPH has issued an updated travel advisory. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California and should adhere to the state’s self-quarantine procedures for 10 days.

Your actions save lives

Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

► If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches), call your health care provider.

► If you believe you have been exposed, get tested. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.

► Get vaccinated when it’s your turn.

► Stay home except for essential activities, keep interactions to people who live in your household, and follow state and local public health guidance.

► Wear a cloth face mask when out in public.

► Avoid non-essential travel and stay close to home; self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival if you leave the state.

► Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

► Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home from work, school and other people if you feel ill.

► Add your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.

► Answer the call or text if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or your local health department tries to connect you.

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