Inyo County Public Health: COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

Inyo County COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

Friday, December 17th, 2021

Inyo County COVID-19 Updates, Data, and Case Trend reports are available as PDFs on the COVID-19 Response: Data & Resources page.

Indoor Mask Order: Get the Most out of Masking

Wearing a mask is more than putting one on before entering an indoor facility. Consistent and correct mask use by everyone is important and will continue to make a difference.

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Poor Fitting Mask: A poor fitting mask is not effective. If there are gaps between the face and mask, such as above the nose or at the sides, air that has virus particles can easily leak in or out around the sides of the mask.

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Good Fitting Mask: An effective and well fitted mask has no gaps between the face and mask. Good fit forces the air that you breathe out and breathe in to go through the mask and be filtered. Good filtration blocks the virus particles from going through the mask itself.

You can get good filtration with the right materials and by using more layers:

  • “Double masking” is an effective way to improve fit and filtration. A close-fitting cloth mask can be worn on top of a surgical/disposable mask to improve the seal of the mask to the face.
  • Layering more than two masks is not recommended as this could be difficult to breathe through.

Also, it is not recommended to wear two medical masks, or to wear a medical mask on top of a KN95 or an N95.

Read more Face Face Covering Guidance here

Regardless of the mask type,

it is only effective if it is worn over your mouth and nose.

The Inyo County Public Health Officer Mask Order is still in place requiring all individuals in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the County of Inyo, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering when they enter any indoor public facility.

In addition to Inyo’s local Health Order, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a statewide universal mask order that went into effect on December 15th. As people travel and celebrate the holidays, universal masking will increase protection for individuals, families, and communities.

To read the full CDPH News Release, click here.

To read the full Inyo Health Officer Order, click here.

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COVID-19 Variant: Omicron

Omicron: spreads even faster than the Delta variant; doubling time is 2-3 days

What can YOU do to protect yourself?

  • Get Vaccinated or your Booster Dose
  • Wear a Face Mask
  • Get Tested
  • Stay Home if Sick

Read the Omicron Variant Fact Sheet from CDPHHere.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Making an appointment in advance is highly recommended; walk-in appointments may be limited or unavailable. If a clinic is not showing any more available appointments on a certain day/time, they are probably all booked, but a different day/time might be available.
View all Clinic Locations & Vaccines Available

Booster Eligibility Expanded to 16+

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Want to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines?

You can read the vaccine fact sheets here.

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Email: [email protected]

COVID-19 Vaccine DataInyo County Public Health 12/17

As of December 17th, 2021, Inyo County has an eligible population (ages 5+) of 17,288. 65.5% of the full population are fully vaccinated, 10.1% have one dose, and 24.4% are not vaccinated.

Of the age group 5-11, 16% have the recommended single dose. Age group 12-17 is 48.7% fully vaccinated, 18-49 is 71.6%, 50-64 is 68.7%, and 65+ is 76.9%.


COVID-19 Case Rate

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Positive COVID-19 Cases: 2,626 (+5 increase over 12/15/21 update)

Active COVID-19 Cases: 34

Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths: 47 (+0 increase over 12/15/21 update)

For the Inyo County case demographics, currently the age group 0-17 has 3 active cases. Ages 18-49 has 18 active cases, ages 50-64 has 9 active cases, and ages 65+ has 4 active cases. 7 of those cases are male and 24 are female.

30 of these cases occur in North County (north of and including Big Pine), 3 are from South County (south of and including Independence), and 1 is from East County (east of Lone Pine). 0 are unreported or missing data concerning location.

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