Monday, June 28, 2021

Eureka COVID-19 Testing Site Moving to the Wharfinger

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 4:08 PM

The Eureka COVID-19 testing site is moving from Redwood Acres to the Wharfinger Building on Thursday, with the same hours, operating from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

According to a news release, the testing area will be located on the lower floor of the building, known as the Bay Room, at 1 Marina Way. With the move, testing at Redwood Acres will end at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

The tests are free for both walk-ins and appointments, which can be made through OptumServe online by clicking here or by calling (888)634-1123.

As COVID-19 case rates in Humboldt County continue to outpace the rest of California, local health officials are urging residents to continue to get tested, which not only allows for early treatment of the potentially deadly virus but also limits the spread to others.

Around 54 percent of county residents are not yet vaccinated and remain susceptible, including those under 12 who are yet authorized to receive the vaccine.

There have been four COVID-19 related deaths locally in just the past two weeks, bringing the county's total to 50. According to a state database, 12 residents are currently hospitalized with the virus, including four under intensive care.

"A positive test early in the course of the illness enables individuals to seek treatment and reduce the risk of serious illness, long-term disability or death," the county's release states. "Early detection also allows individuals to isolate themselves and reduce the chance that they will infect others."

Read the Joint Information Center release below:

The Eureka COVID-19 testing site run by OptumServe is moving to a new facility and will be located at the Wharfinger Building starting Thursday, July 1. Operating hours will remain the same, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The new testing site will be in the Bay Room on the lower floor of the Wharfinger Building, which is located at 1 Marina Way in Eureka.

Staff will conduct testing at the current site at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, and will resume testing at the new location a 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 1.

Testing is easy and free of charge. Walk-ins are welcome, or you may schedule an appointment through OptumServe:

OptumServe is contracted by the State of California to provide testing services to rural and underserved areas of the state. Testing is available at other locations throughout the county during the week. Visit lhi.care/covidtesting for a schedule.

Currently, 54% of Humboldt County’s total population are not yet fully vaccinated and remain vulnerable to the virus. That includes all residents under the age of 12 who are too young to receive the vaccine.

Health officials stress the importance of early detection in preventing serious illness and containing the spread of COVID-19. A positive test early in the course of the illness enables individuals to seek treatment and reduce the risk of serious illness, long-term disability or death.

Early detection also allows individuals to isolate themselves and reduce the chance that they will infect others. If you suspect you have been in contact with an infected person, it is important to get a test even if you do not have symptoms as you may still spread the infection to others.


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