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As officials expand vaccination efforts, Del Norte County will just barely remain in the red tier of COVID-19 restrictions for another week, according to state data.

The county’s case rate remained fairly consistent this week over last, with 63 new cases reported in the past two weeks as of Monday. That day’s data showed 43 active cases of the virus, down slightly from 50 the week before.

The figures put the county at the upper range of the red-tier metrics — meaning a continued increase could force a move to purple-tier restrictions and the shuttering of some business sectors in the county.

As of Tuesday, no one in Del Norte County was hospitalized with the virus and a total of five county residents have died with the virus since the pandemic began. The most recent virus-related death was reported in mid-February.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccination availability is expanding across the county. According to state data, over 8,600 doses of a vaccine have been administered to Del Norte residents.

The county public health department’s vaccination appointments have moved to Tuesday and Wednesday clinics at the county fairgrounds, allowing events to be coordinated with fewer volunteers than the ones originally held at the airport.

As of April 1, anyone 50 and older is eligible for a vaccine, as well as any adult with high-risk medical conditions or living environments, people in high-exposure professions and those 65 and older. Starting April 15, anyone 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine under state rules.

County public health officials recommend those interested in getting vaccinated first call their primary care provider about getting a shot.

Otherwise, individuals can register for the county-run clinics on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by going to the county’s registration system online at myturn.as.me or by calling 707-951-6679.

Sutter Health is also offering clinics on Thursdays and Fridays. More information is online at https://www.sutterhealth.org/coast/for-patients/health-alerts/covid-19-vaccine.

A handful of local pharmacies are also offering vaccines: RiteAid is making appointments online at https://www.riteaid.com/covid-19, Safeway is making appointments online at https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html​ and Walgreens is making appointments online at https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19​ or by phone at 1-800-WALGREENS.

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