Coronavirus in Marin County

COVID-19 Status Update for 06/05/2020

The status update for June 5, 2020, includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, new guidelines allowing outdoor cultural ceremonies and other outdoor activities to continue and an update from Dr. Willis about the pace of… Read More

Public Health Orders in effect for Marin County

A Stay at Home (also known as Shelter-In-Place) Order is in place for Marin County until further notice. The new order, effective May 18, will ease some additional restrictions while practices to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place.  Additional orders are also in place limiting park access, restricting use of short term rentals, and requiring the use of face coverings while in public spaces.

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Business Reopening Information (Marin Recovers)

Marin County is in phase 2 of its recovery plan and has been sequentially opening different sectors of our business community under Public Health Guidelines.  Learn more about the status of a business sector or access reopening guidelines at MarinRecovers.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many ways for you to express your political views without holding a physical, in-person gathering.  For example, you may continue to call or write elected officials, write letters to the editor of news publications, display lawn or window signs, or use online and other electronic media (including Zoom rooms, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and other digital forums) to express your views.  

You may now leave your home for many qualifying reasons as long as you do not gather with people who are not members of your household.  When you are otherwise out in public, public health directives do not prevent you from engaging in political expression—such as by wearing or carrying a sign.

Whenever you are considering a protest, make sure you comply with all applicable laws, including both local and statewide public health measures.  The more restrictive of the laws will be the law that applies.

If you do wish to engage in in-person protest with a group of any size, you must follow the guidelines for outdoor political protest gatherings.

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Yes, as explained below, although in-person protests present special public health concerns. 

Even with adherence to physical distancing, bringing members of different households together to engage in in-person protest carries a higher risk of widespread transmission of COVID-19.  Such gatherings may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations. In particular, activities like chanting, shouting, singing, and group recitation negate the risk-reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing. For this reason, people engaging in these activities should wear face coverings at all times.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended that those exercising their right to engage in political expression (including, for example, their right to petition the government) should utilize alternative channels, such as the many online and broadcasting platforms available in the digital age, in place of in-person gatherings. 

However, the local Health Officer orders do not prohibit in-person protests as long as (1) the protest occurs outdoors, (2) attendance is limited to 25% of the relevant area’s maximum occupancy, as defined by the relevant local permitting authority or other relevant authority, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower, and (3) physical distancing of six feet between persons or groups of persons from different households is maintained at all times. Failure to maintain adequate physical distancing may result in an order to disperse or other enforcement action. Face coverings are required pursuant to the Health Officer Order for Face Coverings.

Participants must maintain a physical distance of six feet from any uniformed peace officers and other public safety personnel present, unless otherwise directed, and follow all other requirements and directives imposed by local health officers and law enforcement, or other applicable authorities.

This limitation on attendance will be reviewed as the state continues to update its guidance on political protest gatherings. This review will assess the impacts of these imposed limits on public health and provide further direction as part of continued restoration of gatherings that implicate the First Amendment.

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If your store has an entrance that opens directly to an adjacent sidewalk, street or alley, it may open for curbside pickup as long as it complies with the Site-Specific Protection Plan and the Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Curbside Retailers located at https://marinrecovers.com/retail/. If your store does not have an entrance that opens directly to the outside—i.e., if the only way to enter the store is by going through an indoor space—it may not open for curbside pickup at this time.

05/18/2020 - 14:52

Yes, as of June 5, 2020, charter boats may operate in the County.  Charter boats include boats available for rent or charter for fishing, memorial services at sea, sightseeing, and other activities.  All charter boat operations must follow all existing Health Officer Orders, including the Facial Coverings Order, and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan.  Additionally, all charter boat operations must abide by the following Industry-Specific Guidelines of the Health Officer: Charter Boat Operators, Outdoor Recreation Activity Businesses, Recreational Equipment Rental Businesses, and Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps and Sports Camps.

06/05/2020 - 16:13

All retail stores reopening to provide curbside pickup must prepare a Site-Specific Protection Plan and comply with the Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Curbside Retailers located at https://marinrecovers.com/retail/. As part of this plan, retail stores must ensure proper social distancing, including ensuring six-feet separation between all employees. The size of your store and your ability to ensure proper social distancing will determine how many employees may work in your store at one time.

05/18/2020 - 14:56

Case Count for

Age Group Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
0-18 years 69
19-34 years 141
35-49 Years 149
50-64 Years 108
65 years or older 84
Total Cases 551

Additional Resources

An Emergency Rental Assistance program is available for people who are at risk of homelessness due to a loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any Marin county resident who is at risk of homelessness due to income loss may apply. Priority will be given to households with income of 30% or less of the Area Median Income rate ($139,400 for a family of four).

Visit the Emergency Rental Assistance Program website for more information on the program and how to apply for assistance. 

The program is operated by Marin Health and Human Services with support from the County of Marin and Marin Community Foundation.  Funding assistance is administered by Ritter Center, Adopt a Family Marin, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, North Marin Community Services, and Community Action Marin (in partnership with Canal Alliance, Women Helping All People and West Marin Community Services).

 

 

05/13/2020 - 14:17

MARIN

Marin Recovers
Provides information and updates about the Marin County reopening plan, shares the progress of the Marin Recovers Industry Advisors, and makes resources available for local industries planning to reopen

Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Addresses employees and unemployment insurance

Workforce Alliance of the North Bay (serving Marin County)
Maintains information for businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19

Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Provides free or discounted services for small businesses in Marin County, including assistance to access SBA loans or the PPP program

Marin Builders Association
Guidance for construction and trades on rules regarding activity during the COVID-19 crisis

County of Marin Environmental Health Services
The information and requirements pertaining to COVID-19 may change as more is learned about this virus and its transmission.

Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM)
Information for food vendors and guidance on participating and attending Farmer’s Markets

CareerPoint Marin
Sends weekly job openings via email to job seekers. Employers can list job openings for free.

City of San Rafael Business Grants
The City of San Rafael has established a fund providing grants up to $5000 to eligible small businesses.

Congressman Jared Huffman
Resources for small and medium sized businesses

Marin Economic Forum (MEF)
Maintains a database of private funding and technical assistance available to small businesses. MEF also has data and analysis of the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the Marin economy, including links to reports, webinars and other articles.

STATE

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBIZ)
Statewide office serving California businesses which includes all information regarding financial assistance and employment information

California Department of Public Health
Resources for employers and workers

FEDERAL

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guidance for businesses and employers

Small Business Administration (SBA):
SBA has multiple loan and assistance products for small businesses. The most important product is the Emergency Disaster Loan which can be a loan up to $2 million plus a grant of up to $10,000 for eligible small businesses.

Small Business Administration
Disaster assistance in response to Coronavirus

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Loans (that a portion or all will be forgivable) to cover employee salaries, rent, mortgage interest and other allowable expenses for businesses affected by COVID-19. The loans must be obtained through a bank.

05/11/2020 - 15:59

On April 17, Marin County Public Health announced a new public health order requiring the use of face coverings when completing essential activities. The new order will go into effect at 12:00p.m., Wednesday, April 22. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Specifically, the order states that people must wear face coverings when:

  • Inside public spaces or waiting in line to enter public spaces
  • Seeking health care
  • Waiting for or riding on mass transit or other shared transportation
  • In common areas of buildings, such as hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities.
  • Workers at businesses physically open and in areas where the public is present, likely to be present, or at any time when others are nearby.
  • Workers in any space where food is being prepared and/or packaged for sale.
  • Drivers/Operators of public transit.

View video on how to make your own face covering

View our news release with more details about the face covering order

View COVID-19 Guidance for Masks and Gloves (Updated April 28, 2020)

05/05/2020 - 13:42

Marin COVID-19 Relief Fund

Many have asked what they can do to help by donating. In lieu on physical donations from community members, and in keeping in line with social distancing, the Marin Community Foundation has set up a #COVID-19 relief fund.

The fund will be used to soften the social and economic impacts of the pandemic with five main efforts:

  • Emergency rental assistance for low-income residents
  • Expanded food for economically disadvantaged families
  • Expanded meals for seniors
  • Wi-Fi mobile access for economically disadvantaged students
  • Emergency childcare for health care workers and emergency responders

If you wish to donate, please visit the following link: https://marincf.givecorps.com/causes/14681-covid-19-fund-of-mcf.

Help us obtain PPE and supplies for our healthcare workers

The American Medical Association is already working with manufacturers to increase the production and distribution of PPE to healthcare workers across the country. Therefore, we’re not asking residents to try and purchase new PPE for donation purposes.

However, if you have excess inventory of PPE to you wish to donate to support our health care and first responder workers, please fill out our online donation form.  Alternatively, donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at The Salvation Army (351 Mission Avenue, San Rafael).

We are accepting the following items in new, unopened boxes only:

Unfortunately, we cannot accept homemade masks.  Please keep those for yourself, your family or a neighbor!

  • N95 masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Isolation masks
  • Disposable gowns
  • Latex gloves
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