Health Services


October 1, 2021 ccem_mcenter@co.clallam.wa.us
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PFIZER BOOSTER Vaccine EVENTS UPDATE

With the recent approval of Pfizer booster shots by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Clallam County Emergency Management andClallam County Health and Human Services are planning mass vaccination events in PortAngeles, similar to those held this past January through May.

Working with the Port Angeles School District, we will again utilize the auxiliary gym at thePort Angeles High School for the events. The North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN) andthe Jamestown S’Klallam Health Clinic will be providing the clinical support in administeringthe vaccine booster for these events. There will be no Pfizer booster mass vaccination eventslocated in Sequim. Please note: the Pfizer booster shot can also be obtained at local pharmaciesand through your personal health care provider.

Vaccine Eligibility: age 65 and above; age 18 to 64 with an underlying medical condition;workers in high risk positions. You must have had the Pfizer two shot series over 6 months agoto be eligible. First time folks that have yet to receive their vaccine are welcome to receive theirfirst shot as well.

Beginning October 1, 2021, appointment registration for the Pfizer booster vaccine will beposted on the Clallam County website.
 http://vaccine.clallam.net/register is the direct Internet link for registering
If you find you need assistance in securing an appointment online contact the CCEM Message
Center: 360-417-2430
Registration for appointments is currently open for Saturday October 16th.
When all appointments have been filled for Saturday the 16th, registration will open for

Sunday October 17.File: K34.15                360-417-2430

Clallam County Community Resources for Assistance During Quarantine:

 

Food support to get through a quarantine/isolation period.

  • All three local foodbanks offer food delivery
    • Port Angeles – caller can just call the food bank number (360-452-8568) and press option 5 and leave a message for food delivery. Or fill out this form: https://www.portangelesfoodbank.org/delivery-request
    • Sequim – have caller call 360-683-1250 by 9am on Monday morning to get delivery later Monday afternoon
    • Forks – give Pat Soderlind’s contact information for caller to arrange food delivery: soderlind@centurylink.net or 360-640-8211

All additional support getting through quarantine/isolation period.

  • Catholic Community Services 360-417-5640
    • Have volunteers who can pick up groceries (pre-ordered), deliver medicine or medical equipment, provide buddy phone calls for low-income seniors and disabled persons.
  • Serenity House
  • OlyCAP https://olycap.org/
    • Energy Assistance Program
    • Rental and Mortgage Assistance
  • PUD 360-452-9771
  • Olympic Area Agency on Aging www.o3a.org
    • Case management support
    • Forks office 360-374-9496
    • Sequim office 360-452-3221

 

At home COVID-19 tests

Rapid, over the counter COVID-19 tests are now widely available. These tests provide results in 15 minutes. Rapid, over the counter tests are also known as home-based self-collected COVID tests, or antigen tests, like BinaxNOW.

Below are some answers to common questions about these tests and considerations for use.

Understanding Results

What do I if I test positive with an over-the-counter home-based rapid test?

If you have a positive result, consider yourself positive and:

  • Isolate for 10 days
  • Tell your close contacts and household members you have tested positive
  • Close contacts and household members also self-isolate (if they are unvaccinated).
  • Close contacts and household members who have concerns for exposure can self-test in 3-5 days or immediately if they become symptomatic.

If you use more than one test on a single individual and one of the tests is positive, consider yourself positive and isolate for 10 days.

What do I do if I think my over-the-counter home-based rapid test is a false positive?

If you test positive and don't have symptoms and weren't exposed and are concerned this may be a false positive, consider getting a confirmatory test through your healthcare provider or at one of Clallam County’s Testing sites: HowtoGetested.pdf (clallam.net). Healthcare personnel must collect or observe the collection of a confirmatory test.

For a confirmatory negative test to override a rapid test result, the sample must be collected within 48 hours of the initial positive home-based rapid test result.

If you test positive on the confirmation test, isolate from others for 10 days (starting when you initially tested positive or when your symptoms started if you develop symptoms), regardless of your vaccination status.

What if I have a negative result but I am concerned I have COVID-19?

If you are concerned that you might have COVID-19 because you were exposed or have symptoms, then we recommend quarantining yourself and getting another COVID-19 test.

If a repeat test is positive, isolate from others for 10 days since your positive test, OR, if you develop symptoms, enter isolation the date your symptoms started, regardless of your vaccination status.

What else do I need to know if I get a confirmation test?

When getting a confirmation test, wear your mask and tell the swabber that you have either had a positive test with an at home over-the-counter BinaxNOW test OR that you have had a concerning exposure or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 BEFORE you remove your mask.


How to report positive results

If you get a positive test result, notify the Clallam County Department of Health at (360) 417-2430.

 

People with Seasonal Allergies

What is the difference between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies?

COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19). Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects the nose and sinuses, and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which affects the eyes.

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The image below compares symptoms caused by allergies and COVID-19.

Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them, and you may need to get a test to confirm your diagnosis.