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COVID-19 Information & Vaccine Rollout

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

SoHum Health has begun administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to community members aged 75 years or older. We are currently contacting patients and those who have filled out the vaccine interest form aged 75 years or older to schedule a vaccine appointment. Vaccine clinics will be held on a biweekly basis at the Sprowel Creek Campus located at 286 Sprowel Creek Road in Garberville. If you are 75 years or older and would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine, please complete our vaccine interest form here.

While Governor Newsom has announced that those aged 65+ are eligible, the state of California is still millions of vaccine doses short of being able to vaccinate everyone in that age group. With the resources that Humboldt County currently has, we have been directed to start with those aged 75+ and will expand the offerings as more vaccine becomes available.

If you are not in the current vaccine tier and would like to be contacted when a vaccine becomes available for your age/risk group, filling out the interest form is best way to stay updated.

COVID-19 Updates

Our hospital and hospitals around the state are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to respond to this rapidly evolving situation.  When the threat of a disease that could cause a surge of patients increases, each individual hospital steps up its preparedness activities, and coordination with State and local health departments increases. We are closely monitoring the situation, including following all updates and guidance from CDC, CDPH, and Humboldt County Public Health.

We would like to assure the community that our hospital is prepared to rapidly identify and isolate patients that may be infected with COVID-19. We then work with the Humboldt County Department of Public Health to coordinate testing and appropriate care, which may include home isolation or transfer to a higher level of care.

While our facility is prepared to identify, isolate, and test patients with suspected COVID-19, it is important for the community to keep in mind that we are a very small facility with limited space and staff. If you or a family member is experiencing signs and symptoms of respiratory illness, please stay home and call (707) 923-3921 ext. 249 for guidance. Persons who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.

Health Care Facility Surge Operations & Crisis Care Guidelines

Crisis Care Guidelines set forth by the California Department of Public Health have been fully integrated into the Jerold Phelps Community Hospital’s Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Preparedness policies and procedures to provide guidance on how to respond to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Should a surge occur and the Crisis Care Guidelines and/or strategies need to be implemented, they will be done so with communication and coordination of the Redwood Health Care Coalition, Humboldt County Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), Regional Disaster Medical and Health Specialist (RDMHS), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the local Emergency Medical System Authority (EMSA), and public safety partners to assure that appropriate legal and regulatory protections are followed in accordance with state and federal laws. Our physician staff and hospital leaders are collaborating on a Crisis Care Response that fully aligns with the California Department of Public Health Crisis Care Guidelines. To view these guidelines, click here.

Resources

For information on SoHum Health’s rapid COVID-19 testing, click here

For the latest updates on SoHum Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, follow our facebook page: www.facebook.com/JeroldPhelpsHospital

We encourage community members to seek out trustworthy sources of information about COVID-19. Two such resources are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Each of these organizations has frequently updated web pages devoted to the topic:

CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
CDPH: www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19
WHO: www.who.int/coronavirus
California Hospital Association: https://www.calhospital.org/coronavirus