Public Health Orders in effect for Marin County
Curious which public health orders are still in effect for Marin County? We've gathered all of the applicable health orders and related information into one location for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Three weeks relates to the incubation period for the COVID-19 virus.
Yes. If you are in a public space, you are required to wear a face covering even if you do not have symptoms or feel sick. People with COVID-19 sometimes do not have a fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms, but can unknowingly, spread the virus to others. Wearing a face covering is meant to protect other people in case you are infected and do not know it.
All schools – public, private, parochial, and independent – much complete the School Site Specific Protection Plan (SSSPP), have it approved by Public Health, and train staff in all protocols prior to being allowed to reopen for in-person instruction.
No, social bubbles can only be a maximum of 12 individuals.
The State of California's mandate of face coverings requires any person over 2 years of age to wear a face covering when in a public place, especially when:
- at indoor AND outdoor businesses – whether as an employee or a customer
- waiting in line to enter a store
- waiting for and using public transit
- when in a taxi or rideshare
- when seeking healthcare; or visiting a hospital, medical clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, dental office, veterinary clinic or blood bank
- walking outside and within 6 feet of others (about the length of a mattress)
Exceptions may be made for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering. For more information, visit coronavirus.marinhhs.org/masks
Cold, influenza and COVID-19 symptoms can be similar. Regardless, keeping the child home that is showing symptoms is a good way to reduce the spread of colds and flu within schools.
As for others in your household, if your child is showing symptoms, its important to evaluate your child’s symptoms and possible exposures to COVID-19 when deciding whether other children in your household should stay home. Marin Public Health has developed a decision tree to guide parents, based on whether the child has a fever or if the child was exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Social bubbles are groups of people that must be consistent for three weeks, not interacting with others outside the bubble closer than Social Distancing rules require. After three weeks, people may regroup in new bubbles as long as they are healthy. There is no break required between bubble periods.
A face covering is a mask or cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth. The face covering should allow for breathing without restriction. There is no requirement to wear a hospital grade mask or other specific type or brand of face covering. You may wear a homemade face covering, if it fits closely and covers your nose and mouth.
For more specific information on how to make or care for your face covering, visit https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/masks.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the following things should occur:
- Information is reported to school administration
- The person is sent home to isolate per Public Health Guidance.
- Families of the student/staff are quarantined and should pursue testing through their health care provider, local community clinic, or Marin Public Health.
- Student families and Staff of the affected cohort are notified by phone call and letter.
- The respective student/staff member’s classroom is closed for 14 days from the last known exposure. However, the rest of the school remains OPEN.
No. The total number of people for one bubble should be 12 people. Therefore, a family of four should only add eight people.
It is permissible for an employer to require employees be tested for COVID and share their results with the employer, as long as the test is “job-related and consistent with business necessity.”
It is important that employees be virus-free when they come to work. Requiring testing and requiring employees to share the results is permissible. The employer must keep the employee medical information confidential and must maintain it separately from the employee’s personnel file.
Cohorts are limited to 14 children or fewer, per State guidance. Children should not participate in more than two (2) cohorts. School is one of the two cohorts.
No, housekeepers do not need to be part of your social bubble. Currently, the rules state that you should not be at home while your housekeeper is working so you should not have direct contact with him/her. Also, social bubbles are meant for outdoor activities at this point.
No, not when used by themselves (without a mask). The purpose of face shields is to protect the facial area and eyes, nose and mouth from splashes, sprays or splatters of body fluids and are usually used by health care workers, dental providers, and other emergency medical providers.
Face shields are generally not used alone, but in conjunction with other protective equipment like a mask.
Face shields do not hug the face like a mask. Face shields used without masks still allow the respiratory droplets to escape because the shields are open on the sides and bottom. In the sense of “my mask protects you, your mask protects me” a face shield used alone does not stop the flow of respiratory droplets like wearing an appropriate fitting mask or face covering does.
Students and staff should NOT come to school when:
- They have a fever of 100.4°F or higher or any symptoms of illness.
- Parents / guardians should check their child / children for symptoms of illness every morning before bringing them to school. If your child has any of the following more common symptoms of COVID-19, they must be tested for COVID-19 or stay at home and isolate for at least 10 days (“Test or 10”).
- Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or chills
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Not being able to taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
Students who exhibit the following less common symptoms of COVID-19 must be evaluated by a healthcare provider to determine if COVID-19 testing indicated:
- New onset of stuffy or runny nose (different from pre-existing allergies)
- Body aches
Fatigue or lethargy
- If a household member (including caregiver) has symptoms of COVID-19, they should contact their healthcare provider to schedule testing immediately. Students and staff must stay home until their household member tests negative for COVID-19. If the household member tests positive for COVID-19, your family must quarantine for 14 days from their last contact.
- If they had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 (e.g., relative, friend), they must stay at home and quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with the person who has COVID-19.
- Students with known underlying health conditions may be at increased risk of severe illness. These health conditions may include Diabetes (Type I and II), immune system deficiencies, or chronic respiratory conditions. If your child has a chronic health condition, please consult with your child’s healthcare provider to determine if/when it is safe to attend school.
Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been exposed to COVID-19 must stay home from school and follow Marin County Public Health’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety Guidance. Parents / guardians must notify the school immediately if their child or household member tests positive for COVID-19 or if a household member may have been exposed to COVID-19. This information will be kept confidential.
Marin County Public Health is accepting health care provider testing referrals and self-referrals by essential workers. Prioritized groups now include symptomatic and asymptomatic healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers.
Marin County Public Health has issued guidance for healthcare facilities and medical providers to guide efforts such as testing, post-test isolation and safety, at-home quarantine and isolation, use of masks and gloves, and more.
Access educational materials such as the EMS Field guide, hospital follow-up information, EMS safety videos, donning and doffing protocol, among other resources.
Access public health guidelines that are available for businesses and industries to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What types of businesses are allowed to reopen? Review Marin’s progress and projected dates for further industry reopenings.
From signage to PPE suppliers, browse a curated list of resources to help businesses of all sizes reopen safely.
|Age Group||Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases|
|80 Years or Older||271|