Message on behalf of Pacific County healthcare providers:
Demand for COVID testing currently far exceeds local healthcare provider capacity to test. It is important that we reserve our limited testing for those who are symptomatic or for those who have been exposed. As such, we ask that you please do not use local testing clinics for travel or pre procedure testing at this time. We also ask that individuals in need of testing do not come to emergency departments and urgent care clinics just for COVID testing. Hospitals are overloaded caring for ill patients and cannot provide testing for people who do not need emergency care.
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS but do not need medical care and can't get a test, you might have COVID-19 and you should isolate for at least 5 days to keep from spreading the virus to others. Monitor your symptoms. More info in the Q&A here:
IF YOU WERE EXPOSED to someone with COVID-19 ￼and need to quarantine and are unable to get a test 5 days after your last close contact, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have not had symptoms; wear a mask for 10 days after last contact. If you have been exposed and you ￼don’t have symptoms is important that to time your test correctly. Testing immediately after exposure (within the first couple days), may result in a false negative result. ￼￼Details here:
We are doing all we can to increase test supply and availability in the community. Current testing site availability and updates here:
For immediate release: December 9, 2021 (21-245)
Contact: DOH Communications
Public inquiries: State COVID-19 Information Hotline, 1-800-525-0127
Eligibility expansion will further increase protection as omicron variant spreads
OLYMPIA – Booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are now available for teens ages 16 and 17. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) expanded booster dose eligibility to include everyone 16 and older following guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.
“Ensuring booster doses are available to as many people as possible will add an extra layer of protection across our communities this winter, help keep families healthy as we gather this holiday season, and increase immunity as the omicron variant spreads worldwide,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “Please do not delay, make an appointment to get your booster shot as soon as you are eligible.”
Everyone 16 and older is recommended to get a booster dose:
“The recent emergence of omicron is another reminder of the importance of vaccinations and boosters, especially for children and adults with chronic conditions that place them at higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, Chief Science Officer. “We know vaccines are safe and effective at protecting us from hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. Getting a booster is the best way to increase immunity that tends to wane over time.”
Across Washington, more than 1,282,000 people have received an additional dose, which includes both boosters and third doses. Boosters can be mixed and matched, which means adults can get any COVID-19 vaccine available. However, Pfizer is currently the only vaccine authorized for people ages 16 and 17.
To make a vaccine or booster appointment, visit Vaccine Locator, Vaccines.gov, or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available. If you are unable to make an appointment at one location due to high demand, please try another. DOH appreciates the public’s patience as vaccine supply continues to increase across the state. Those with further questions are encouraged to visit DOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions webpage or talk to their trusted health care provider.
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As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), local fiscal recovery funds have been allocated to Pacific County to help mitigate the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pacific County is happy to announce that a portion of its “ARPA” funds are available to assist nonprofit organizations that suffered a negative economic impact as a result of the public health emergency. As part of the application process, nonprofits will be asked to demonstrate a negative economic impact caused by the pandemic.
Examples may include – but are not necessarily limited to – showing a loss of revenue via fundraising in 2020 vs. 2019, demonstrating an inability to provide certain services as a result of the pandemic, etc.
The application period for nonprofits begins on Thursday, November 4, 2021. ARPA funds are only available for a limited time. In accordance with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule regarding the usage of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (“SLFRF”), Pacific County may incur ARPA expenditures until December 31, 2024. However, funds may be exhausted prior to this deadline.
The “ARPA” application packet for nonprofits is available on the Pacific County website: www.co.pacific.wa.us/arpa If you have any questions, please contact Paul Plakinger, Management & Fiscal Analyst: • telephone: 360-875-9300 extension 2243 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Washington State Dept of Health
For immediate release: November 3, 2021
Contact: DOH Communications
Public inquiries: State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline, 1-800-525-0127
Pediatric vaccine will help protect children and slow disease spread across WashingtonOLYMPIA – The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 5 to 11 years old. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which reviewed data that found the vaccine to be safe and more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in younger children.
“As a father and as a physician, I have been eagerly awaiting the day I can get my children vaccinated,” said Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. “There are nearly 680,000 kids ages 5 to 11 in Washington. Vaccinating this younger age group will help protect them, keep students in the classroom, and bring us one step closer to ending this pandemic.”
Across the country, COVID-19 cases in children ages 5 to 11 make up nearly 40% of all cases in adolescents 18 and younger. While it is true children often have more mild cases of COVID-19 compared to adults, they can become very sick and may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. According to the CDC, more than 650 children under the age of 18 have died of COVID-19.
The Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is administered as a two-dose primary series, three weeks apart. The pediatric vaccine is a smaller dose (10 micrograms) compared to the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 and older (which is 30 micrograms). Side effects reported in the clinical trial were generally mild to moderate and included sore arm, fatigue, headache, chills, fever, and nausea, with most going away within a day or two.
COVID-19 vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children who received the vaccine and have had no serious side effects. Research shows COVID-19 vaccines offer better protection than natural immunity alone and that vaccines, even after prior infection, help prevent reinfection. Families with questions are encouraged to visit DOH’s web page VaccinateWA.org/kids for information about vaccines and kids, or to talk to their child’s health care provider.
“This is incredible news and, as a pediatrician, I am thrilled younger children are now eligible to get immunized against COVID-19,” said Chief Science Officer Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH. “It is wonderful to think that families can take advantage of vaccination for both young and old to more safely gather during the upcoming holidays.”
To schedule an appointment, reach out to your health care provider, your child's pediatrician, local pharmacy, or a mobile clinic near you. As more pediatric doses arrive into the state, DOH is updating Vaccine Locator and will add an option for “Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric” vaccine in the coming days. If you have questions or need help scheduling an appointment, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available.
Due to the state’s initial limited pediatric vaccine supply of roughly 315,000 doses, during the first couple weeks families may need to reach out to more than one provider to find vaccines for their kids. Over time, supply will increase and there will be enough vaccine for all eligible children.
To answer media questions regarding pediatric vaccines, DOH will hold a virtual press conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. Reporters who would like to attend are asked to email DOH-PIO@doh.wa.gov for more information.
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Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. People who are fully vaccinated are much less likely to get COVID-19. The vaccine also keeps them from getting seriously sick or dying if they catch the virus. But for those who do get COVID-19 — regardless of vaccination status — there’s good news. COVID-19 treatment options have improved dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic.
One type of available treatment is called monoclonal antibody treatment. It can prevent someone from getting hospitalized or even dying from COVID-19. But they need to act fast! Monoclonal antibodies must be given within 10 days of getting symptoms to work best. So, it’s important to get tested right away if symptoms develop. If you do test positive, your doctor can help you decide if this treatment is right for you.
What are monoclonal antibodies?Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that help jumpstart your immune system so you can fight off a COVID-19 infection. They can be given by a shot or an IV infusion.
“These are synthetic antibodies that stimulate your body’s own immune system,” says Dr. Bob Lutz, Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Medical Advisor. “The whole idea behind monoclonal antibodies is that they get your body ramped up a little faster to fight COVID-19.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization for several monoclonal antibody treatments. This is because some treatments work better for certain variants of the virus. The FDA currently recommends the REGEN-COV™ and Sotrovimab monoclonal antibodies. These two treatments work very well against the variants here in Washington.
Studies show that the treatments successfully fight the virus and prevent serious illness.
“In the trials, they had very good outcomes, very low rates of hospitalization,” says Dr. Lutz. “Overall, the outcomes were much better than for those who did not receive the treatment.”
In some cases, people may qualify for monoclonal antibodies after exposure to COVID-19, even if they haven’t tested positive yet. REGEN-COV™ may be used to prevent severe illness in people with compromised immune systems if they were in contact with someone who tested positive.
What should I know about getting monoclonal antibody treatment?Monoclonal antibody therapies can treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and children 12 and older (must weigh at least 88 lbs.), who are at high risk for developing severe illness. Some fully vaccinated people may even qualify for antibody treatment if they are in a high-risk category. Regardless of vaccination status, timing is important. Once someone is hospitalized or needs oxygen therapy due to COVID-19, they are no longer eligible to receive monoclonal antibody treatments. So, check with your doctor right away to decide if this treatment is right for you.
The federal government provides some monoclonal antibody treatments for free. Depending on insurance coverage, some may need to pay an administration fee. This is to cover the costs of giving the treatment, not for the antibodies. As always, check with your insurance provider to learn more about treatment costs for your specific plan, first. For people with Medicare and Medicaid, the cost of administering the treatment should be covered.
Monoclonal antibody success in AlaskaElsewhere in the country, monoclonal antibody treatments have become a powerful tool that’s helping limit the need for hospitalizations. This is particularly the case in remote communities, including some villages in Alaska.
Remote parts of Alaska and many Alaska Native communities don’t have hospitals. So, the state encouraged pharmacies and clinics to give monoclonal antibodies to people who are vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. Alaska also sent rapid response teams to isolated villages to offer the treatments to people during outbreaks.
Coleman Cutchins is the lead pharmacist for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. He says monoclonal antibodies have made a big difference.
“I can really tell the difference between the number of people we have to medevac out when we use monoclonal antibodies and when we don’t,” Cutchins said. “I knew this was going to be a good tool in our state which is so medically vulnerable.”
The success in Alaska shows how important and life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments can be, especially in areas with limited medical resources.
So, the bottom line is this: if you test positive for COVID-19, ask your doctor if monoclonal antibody treatments are right for you. But remember, you will still need to protect others by isolating until your symptoms go away. Make sure to follow DOH guidance on what to do if you have COVID-19, even if you get antibody treatment.
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Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at our website. You can also contact the Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday — Sunday and observed state holidays. Language assistance is available.
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Pacific County providers are now offering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine! The booster doses are currently recommended for people who received Pfizer for their first 2 doses and who completed their initial Pfizer series over 6 months ago, and fall into one of the following groups:
• People are over the age of 65; OR
• People 65 and older; OR
• Residents in long-term care facilities
• People 50-64 years old with underlying medical conditions
• People 18-49 years old with underlying medical conditions
• And people 18-64 years old who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupation may receive a booster, based on their individual benefits and risks.
According to the CDC, occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers, including:
• First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
• Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
• Food and agriculture workers
• Manufacturing workers
• Corrections workers
• U.S. Postal Service workers
• Public transit workers
• Grocery store workers
If you meet all of the requirements above, you are eligible for a booster vaccine. If you are unable to get an appointment at one of the above listed clinics, please be patient. We have plenty of vaccine for everyone and additional clinics are scheduled continuously. You can find additional booster dose clinics as they are scheduled, on our website at www.pacificcountycovid19.com.
Booster Dose Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get a booster dose?
Answer: Anywhere offering Pfizer vaccine. The booster doses are the same as the first and second Pfizer doses, so you can get a booster dose from medical clinics and pharmacies offering Pfizer vaccine. You can find a location near you by searching www.pacificcountycovid19.com
Can I get my booster dose at the same time as my flu shot?
Answer: Yes – great idea! You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines, including the annual influenza vaccine.
If I need a booster, does that mean the vaccine isn’t working?
Answer: No. COVID-19 vaccines continue to be very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death, including against the delta variant. But studies are showing that protection against mild and moderate illness may decrease over time, especially among certain higher risk groups. Getting a booster dose 6 months after completing the first two doses will provide an increased immune response and better protection against COVID-19.
Am I still considered fully vaccinated if I do not get a booster?
Answer: Yes. People are still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).
What about people who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines?
Answer: The current booster dose recommendations apply only to those who received the Pfizer vaccine. Federal health officials will review data on the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the coming weeks and may issue booster dose recommendations for those vaccines in the future.
More information about the CDC recommendations for Pfizer booster doses is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/.../2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot
Call the COVID-19 Hotline 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Our Hotline team will walk your through the reporting process. Hotline hours: Monday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Tuesday to Sunday (and observed holidays) 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Language assistance is available.
Join us for our Pacific County Schools & Community Forum on COVID-19. Next Wednesday (9/22) at 5:00pm via zoom or live here on Facebook. This forum will feature a presentation by Dr Steven Krager, Deputy Health Officer along with other public health staff. Topics will include updated school safety guidance, quarantine & isolation procedures, and we'll also have time for question & answer! This forum is open to students, parents, guardians, school staff, and other interested community members. Hope to see you there! https://fb.me/e/ZfkgV8wO