Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

Topic:
Prevention
Question:
Since cases are exploding again, does the Health Director plan on instituting another mask order? How is the county working to keep elderly and vulnerable citizens safe from community members who are hell bent on spreading this deadly disease even as their community continues to lose lives to a preventable illness? Is there any legal action that can be taken against those who are not following health orders? How come the majority of the BOS refuse to wear masks in chambers, when there is a statewide order? How can our elected officials be held accountable for willfully violating health orders and putting their constituents in danger?
Answer:

There are three ways that individuals can protect themselves, their loved ones, and their children: 1. Get vaccinated with a primary series and a booster dose (TCPHB in partnership with providers, CVS, and SNAPNurse is committed to making vaccination and testing broadly available). There is much misinformation circulating regarding vaccines, we encourage persons to obtain accurate information based on science and we are happy to provide whatever information our residents need to make an... Read more


Topic:
COVID-19 Dashboard
Question:
How has our infection rate gone up, but our case rate gone down (1/5/22)? Why were cases removed from the tally?
Answer:

The daily case rate went up because there were more cases identified during that 7-day period than we've had in the last couple of weeks. Cases were removed from the tally due to a data processing error by the state (see note below). These cases that were not reported were from a previous time period, not affecting the most recent 7-day rate. Today's update fixed the reporting issue.


Topic:
COVID-19 Dashboard
Question:
This current dashboard is useless. It’s not updated and gives you no real info.
Answer:

Please submit any questions you have regarding the updated dashboard in the FAQ on our Trinitycounty.org website https://www.trinitycounty.org/COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions.
We are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding how to use the Dashboards. https://www.trinitycounty.org/COVID-19/Dashboards
Also you can refer... Read more


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
Can children between 5 and 11 receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the SNAP Nurse vaccine clinics?
Answer:

No not at this time. CVS in Weaverville and other Pharmacies as well as Medical Providers are able to provide Pfizer vaccine to those 5-11 years of age.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
The FDA Approved Moderna and J&J boosters today, as well as mixing and matching booster shots - when will Moderna boosters be available to Trinity County residents?
Answer:

We will be putting out information as soon as we hear from CDPH.


Topic:
Testing and Laboratory
Question:
Which test type is most accurate for non-symptomatic individuals?
Answer:

Molecular or PCR tests remain the gold standard (collected specimens are sent to lab for testing, this includes Let's Get Checked Kits).


Topic:
Testing and Laboratory
Question:
For the walk-in testing at Veterans Memorial Hall, for an asymptomatic person, do you need to bring identification or other documents, how long does the test result usually take to receive, and in what way is the test result transmitted (such as if we need to be able to show the test result to a business or agency). Thank you.
Answer:

For SNAPnurse walk in testing, you will register no need to show ID, by registering you will receive results of your tests via text or email. Rapid (Antigen) test results transmit immediately upon negative or positive result after 15 minutes. When PCR tests are conducted to verify the results of the Antigen test those PCR tests usually come back within 72 hours.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
I received my Johnson and Johnson vaccine on March 19th. I would like to get a second shot to boost efficacy, but am not sure if I can just get a second Janssen shot or if there is a separate booster for Janssen. Thanks for your answer.
Answer:

There is no booster for Janssen at this time, CDPH and CDC are working to adopt the FDA addition of Pfizer booster to specified populations. At this time persons cannot mix vaccines, i.e., if initial vaccination was with Moderna or Janssen these persons cannot receive a Pfizer booster, only persons receiving Pfizer for initial vaccination series is eligible for Pfizer booster if they meet criteria.FDA is looking at boosters in the future regarding Janssen and Moderna.


Topic:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question:
The pop up vaccination clinics at the Weaverville Library this week will not give the third shot of the COVID vaccine for the immunocompromised which has been approved by the CDC and the California Health Department. The person I spoke to said the third shot hasn’t been approved for Trinity County. Pharmacies in Redding are giving this third shot. Even CVS in Weaverville is giving the third shot but they have only Pfizer and I need the Moderna. Why isn’t Trinity County Public Health up to date on this protocol? It is not a “booster” shot, but is a third shot of the vaccine to help immunocompromised people like me who had a weak reaction to the first two doses. It is approved for use as early as 28 days after the second dose, can you get whatever approval you need before the library vaccine clinic ends on Friday?
Answer:

Thank you for this question. We do understand that a third dose of Moderna and Pfizer has been added for persons with specific immunocompromising conditions; however at this time for safety reasons TCPHB Mobile vaccination units are not administering third doses. We are reviewing the data and all relevant FDA and ACIP data and will let our residents know when these vaccines become available through our TCPHB sponsored mobile vaccination units. In the interim we ask that persons eligible for... Read more


Topic:
Testing and Laboratory
Question:
Will there be a testing clinic on September 13th,14th or 15th?
Answer:

Yes, The SNAP Nurse Team will be conducting testing every week Tues - Saturday until the end of September. We are looking to extend that contract. Please refer to our website schedule: https://www.trinitycounty.org/COVID-19-Testing-Calendar/month