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COVID-19 Status Update for 05/24/2022

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Information and Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted "Easy-to-Read COVID-19 Safety" resources on its website and American Sign Language (ASL) videos on COVID-19 on its YouTube channel.

These resources were developed by the COVID-19 Accessible Materials and Culturally Relevant Messages for Individuals with Disabilities Project, led by Georgia Tech’s Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation, and funded by the CDC Foundation. The project delivers COVID-19 information in Braille, ASL, simplified text, and other alternative formats to people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.

Additional information and resources for individuals with disabilities is included below.

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Help Slow The Spread.

COVID-19 can easily spread between people who are in close contact with one another.  To help slow COVID’s spread, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the healthcare system in the County of Marin from being overwhelmed, it is necessary for people who have been infected to isolate.

If you are experiencing covid-like symptoms, stay home and get tested as soon as possible. 

Effective April 6th, quarantine recommendations for asymptomatic exposed persons (for the general public) have been removed in order to align with state guidance. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 in a high risk setting, you may still need to quarantine, depending on your vaccination status.​​​​​​

Jump to a section:

  • ISOLATION: when YOU test positive.
  • QUARANTINE: when you are in close contact with SOMEONE ELSE who tested positive.

Quick Start Guide

Overview of Isolation and Quarantine guidance
ENGLISH | SPANISH

light overview of isolation and quarantine guidance. For full guidance, visit https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/isolation-and-quarantine


ISOLATION

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must isolate. This includes positive results from an at-home test or a test from a laboratory. If you are at high risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19, talk to your health care provider to discuss if you may be a candidate for prescription-based therapeutic treatment and visit our Therapeutics: Test to Treat webpage more information.

Isolation separates sick people and those who have tested positive with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. This means you should have no contact with anyone who might become infected with the COVID-19 virus. Isolation is necessary to protect you and those around you, including family, co-workers, and neighbors.

Isolation applies to everyone who is COVID-19 positive, regardless of symptoms, vaccination status, or previous infection. 

All persons with COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status or previous infection, should:

  • Self-isolate and test as soon as possible to determine infection status. Knowing one is infected early during self-isolation enables (a) earlier access to treatment options, if indicated (especially for those that may be at risk for severe illness), and (b) notification of exposed persons (close contacts) who may also benefit by knowing if they are infected.
    • For symptomatic persons who have tested positive within the previous 90 days, using an antigen test is preferred.
  • Remain in isolation while waiting for testing results. If not tested, they should continue isolating for 10 days after the day of symptom onset, and if they cannot isolate, should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days.
  • Consider continuing self-isolation and retesting in 1-2 days if testing negative with an antigen test, particularly if tested during the first 1-2 days of symptoms.
  • Continue to self-isolate if test result is positive, follow recommended actions below, and contact their healthcare provider about available treatments if symptoms are severe, or they are at high risk for serious disease, or if they have any questions concerning their care.

How long to I need to isolate?

Everyone who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for a minimum of 5 days.  Those with symptoms may need to isolate longer. Follow these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days.
  • Isolation can end on day 5 if symptoms are not present or resolving AND a test collected on day 5 or later is negative.
    • If no test is taken, isolation can end on day 10 if symptoms are not present or resolving.
    • If fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves.
    • If symptoms other than fever are present, continue to isolate until they are resolving OR until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others, especially in indoor settings, for a minimum of 10 days.

Isolation Calendars

TO CALCULATE YOUR ISOLATION PERIOD: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or the day of your positive test (if you are asymptomatic). Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms develop, or the first full day after your positive test if you do not experience symptoms. Isolation is a minimum five full days, and may extend depending on result of test on Day 5 or later.  This means you could leave your house as early as Day 6. Still unsure? Use this isolation and quarantine calculator.

How do I isolate?

Stay at home.

  • Do not go to school, work or church.
  • Do not run errands.
  • Do not travel or use public transportation.
  • Leave your home only if you have a medical emergency.
  • A household member or friend should handle all outside activities, such as grocery shopping.
  • For a list of free food pantries in Marin County visit our HHS Resource Guide
  • For home-delivered groceries, please visit the SFMarin Food Bank website to see if you qualify.

Isolate yourself to a small space in your home.

  • If possible, designate a room and bathroom that only you will use. The smaller the area, the easier it will be to disinfect it properly.
  • Household members or visitors should not enter your isolation area, and you should not leave. Instead:
    • Leave meals outside the door of the isolation area.
    • Clean and disinfect returned items (like dishes) immediately before putting them away. Use gloves when cleaning and disinfecting.
    • Limit items that enter/leave the isolation area to necessities.
  • If you must be in a shared space (for those living in close quarters or shared housing):
    • Stay at least 6 feet from other people, especially those more likely to get sick.
    • Wear a mask when around others. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Open windows and doors to increase ventilation, when possible and safe to do so.
    • Use a separate bathroom if possible.
    • Wash your hands often; if you can’t wash, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Clean or disinfect any surfaces you touch frequently.

Monitor your health.

  • For most people COVID-19 illness is mild and does not require medical attention.
  • Proper home care (like resting or drinking fluids) helps most people get better without the need for hospitalization.
  • Talk to your health care provider to discuss if you may be a candidate for prescription-based therapeutic treatment if you are at high risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19.
  • Call your health care provider or go to the hospital if you have serious illness. Serious illness includes:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or changes in mental function
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Consult your clinic or health care provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning, or if you are pregnant. 
  • If you need to visit your doctor or a hospital, or if you call 9-1-1, tell them you have COVID-19 so they can be prepared and prepare other patients.  Put on a face mask before entering any healthcare facility.  Do NOT wait in the waiting room

Notify Close Contacts.

The definition of "close contact" has been expanded to include sharing the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) with a covid-positive person during their infectious period.

Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and share this information with them.

Report your result.

  • If you used an at-home test (rapid antigen self-test), you need to self report your test result.
  • If you were tested at a healthcare facility or other testing site, you do not need to report your result to the County: your doctor or clinic will inform Marin County Public Health of your test result.

The following guidance based on CDPH's Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public. This guidance does not apply to school or healthcare / emergency medical service settings. In addition, workers should check with their employers about requirements for returning to work since state guidance may differ for those settings.


QUARANTINE 

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID, to see if they become infected. Someone may have been exposed to COVID-19 but does not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. 

Effective April 6th, quarantine recommendations for asymptomatic exposed persons (for the general public) have been removed in order to align with state guidance. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 in a high risk setting, you may still need to quarantine depending on your vaccination status.​​​​​​

What do I need to do to quarantine?

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 in a high risk setting and you are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated, you should take the following actions:

  • Quarantine for at least 5 days after last exposure.
  • Quarantine can end after Day 5 if symptoms are not present and a diagnostic specimen collected on Day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10.
  • Comply with CDPH masking guidance (i.e., universal masking and, in some cases, where surgical masks or higher filtration respirators may be required).
  • Strongly encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.
  • If symptoms develop, stay home and test as soon as possible; AND
  • If test result is positive, follow isolation recommendations above.

Vaccinated and boosted healthcare personnel working in high-risk settings should test immediately upon notification of exposure, and again at 3-5 days.

Quarantine guidance based on CDPH's Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public. This guidance does not apply to school or healthcare settings. In addition, workers should check with their employers about requirements for returning to work since state guidance may differ for those settings. Emergency Medical Services Personnel should follow the guidance on quarantine for healthcare personnel.

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Proof of identity

Everyone seeking a vaccination will need to show identification. This does not need to be a government issued ID or photo ID, but your name must match the the name on your appointment. If you don't have the proof of identity, you may be asked to sign a form confirming your identity.

Proof of age

Youth age 5-17 need to provide documentation that proves date of birth. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Student ID Card
  • Insurance Cards
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Report Card or other document from school with Date of Birth
Citizenship

You do not need to be a US citizen to get a vaccine.

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Read this before you make an appointment:

  • Please check your desired vaccination site to see if an appointment is required. Walk-ups are permitted at some locations.
  • Youth aged 5-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
    Vaccination for youths ages 5 - 11 is expected to be authorized this week. For more information please visit our Pediatrics page.
  • Wear a t-shirt or something similar that allows easy access to your upper arm.
  • Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment time. 
  • If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card.  Don't worry,  you will not have to pay for your vaccine.  Uninsured individuals are welcome.
  • Do not show up to the vaccination site if you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
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Health Care Providers

If you have insurance, contact your doctor or your healthcare provider. If you have symptoms or have been exposed, your healthcare provider is required by law to get you a test.

Contact your provider or neighborhood clinic to discuss your need for testing, including testing required for travel or medical procedures.

Call your healthcare provider directly if you don't see them on this list.

Carbon Health

628-203-9029

Dignity Health GoHealth Urgent Care

415-384-4778

Kaiser Permanente

How to get a COVID test at Kaiser
866-454-8855

One Medical

415-578-3095

Sutter Health

844-987-6115

UCSF

415-514-7328

 

Medical Clinics

COVID-19 Testing at medical clinics is available to current patients only. If you want to establish primary care and you have Medi-Cal, Medicare, are uninsured or undocumented, please contact one of the clinics below to discuss becoming a patient.

Marin Community Clinics

415-448-1500

Marin City Health & Wellness Center

415-339-8813

Ritter Center

(415) 457-8182 ext. 111

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The following sites offer testing to those without insurance:

Please see "testing provider" tab below for additional details.

Local medical clinics also offer free COVID-19 testing to current patients.  If you are uninsured or undocumented, please contact a local clinic about becoming a patient. (click on the "your healthcare provider" tab above for a list of clinics).

 

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Community Testing Sites

Community testing sites offer COVID-19 PCR Testing for Marin County residents in partnership with Marin County Public Health.  You do not need a doctor’s note to get tested, you will not be asked about your immigration status, and most test results are available within 2-5 days.

You do not need medical insurance to get tested, however, if you have health insurance, you will be asked you to share that information. Sites offer accessible services for people with disabilities and those with other access or functional needs. When you arrive, if you need an accommodation, alert the staff on site.​
 

Optum Serve / LHI

Optum Serve/LHI currently offers free standard PCR testing and rapid antigen testing.
Appointments are required. Call (888) 634-1123 or book an appointment online.  Appointments are available for adults and children ages 1 and older. In California, minors under the age of 13 must be registered for testing by a parent or guardian. Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 can register themselves for testing via LHI.care/covidtesting and receive notification of testing results.

  • Kerner Campus - 3260 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael
    (open Tuesday - Saturday, 8am to 3pm)
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Parking Lot - 101 Donahue Street, Marin City
    (open Fridays, 11am to 7pm)
  • West America Bank Parking Lot - 1177 E. Francisco Blvd, San Rafael
    (open Tuesday – Thursday & Saturday, 11am to 7pm)

Curative

Click on a location name below to book an appointment or call (888) 702-9042.

Appointments are preferred and walk-up registration is available at all sites in Marin County except the Jury Duty parking lot*Appointments are released 4 days in advance. For additional Curative testing locations outside of Marin, please visit their website.

  • Armory "Jury Duty" Parking Lot*
    Armory Drive, near the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael (open 7 days/wk, 8am to 3:30pm) 

    Rapid PCR tests* are available at this location for individuals ages 5+.
    - Patients ages 5 - 17 must be swabbed by an accompanying adult.
    - Patients must have insurance for rapid PCR testing. 
    - Appointments are required for rapid PCR testing.
    Standard PCR tests are available for all ages
    - Insurance not required for standard PCR testing. 

    *Appointments are required at this location. This location will close on Friday, May 27th. 

  • Downtown parking lot #2
    50-98 Humboldt Ave, Sausalito (open Wednesdays, 10am to 4:00pm)
  • Fairfax Market
    2040 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax (open Fridays, 10am to 4pm)
  • Larkspur Ferry Terminal (walk-up kiosk)*
    101 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur (open Sunday - Thursday, 9:30am to 5pm) 
  • Marin Health and Wellness Campus
    3260 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael (open Mondays, 10am to 4pm)
  • Novato Gymnastics Center Parking Lot
    950 7th St, Novato (open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30am to 6pm) 
  • Piper Park
    250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur (open Thursdays, 10am to 4pm)
  • San Rafael Community Center
    618 B Street, San Rafael (open Tuesdays, 8am to 2pm)

Testing with Optum Serve/LHI and Curative is offered in partnership with Marin County Public Health. Travel, event, and medical procedure-related testing is not offered or guaranteed at community testing sites.

Canal Alliance in partnership with UCSF

  • Canal Alliance
    91 Larkspur Street, San Rafael
    Appointments required:
    - Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm
    - 2nd Saturday of each month 12pm-3pm
    Drop-ins Available
    1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month 12pm-3pm
     

Additional Testing Options:

Additional COVID-19 testing choices are also available through independent providers that are not affiliated with Marin County Public Health or a local medical clinic. Independent providers may charge a fee, bill your medical insurance, or utilize tests that are not recommended for diagnosing current infection with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Please inquire about the costs and types of test being offered when selecting an independent provider for COVID-19 testing.  Most locations require appointments in advance

RiteAid

  • Location: 1500 Northgate Mall, San Rafael - (415) 492-0888 
  • Appointments: Required. Schedule an appointment. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients 4 years and older 
  • Test type: PCR. Drive-thru.   
  • Insurance: Most insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. Uninsured patients accepted.
  • Results Turnaround: You’ll receive your results within 2-5 days via the email you provided at registration. If positive, a health care worker will call you. 
  • (Pharmacy) Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm; Saturday 9am – 6pm; Sunday 10am - 6pm 

Walgreens

  • Locations:  
    • 227 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley - (800) 925-4733 
  • Appointments: Required. Schedule an appointment. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients 3 years and older 
  • Test type: PCR. Drive-thru  
  • Insurance: Most insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. Uninsured patients accepted.
  • Results Turnaround: Test results are typically received within 1 – 3 days 
  • (Pharmacy) Hours: M-F 8am – 9pm; Sat 9am – 6pm*; Sun 10am – 6pm* (* closed from 1:30pm – 2pm for meal break) 
  • Additional notes: Test results for travel purposes cannot be guaranteed in time for travel.  

CVS Pharmacy

  • Location: 1599 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon - (415) 435-3843 
  • Appointments: Required. Schedule an appointment.
  • Who Qualifies:  
    • Testing for all patients ages 3 and above.  
    • Parent/Guardian consent required for minors. Patients aged 3-15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  
    • Must bring ID, insurance card, and appointment confirmation email/text message. 
  • Test Type: PCR & Rapid Antigen are available. Drive-thru. 
  • Insurance: Most insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. Uninsured patients will be asked to provide their social security number. Cost is $139 for those who choose self-pay option.
  • Results Turnaround:  
    • For rapid result tests, an onsite MinuteClinic provider will call with next steps within hours of specimen collection, and patients may be asked to come into the clinic depending on their results.  
    • Average turnaround time for receiving PCR results from lab tests is 1-2 days. 
    • You will receive a secure link to view and download results for a limited time, or activate a MyChart account to have permanent access to results.  
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm 
  • Additional notes: Requirements vary for travel pre-screen testing, so be sure to check with your airline/destination to make sure you're tested at the right time before departing, and with the correct type of test. 

12 LOVE

  • Locations:  
    • 37 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941 - (415) 569-2099 
    • 1122 Grant Avenue, Suite E, Novato CA 94945 - (415) 842-3066 
  • Appointments: By appointment only. Book your appointment online
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients including children and infants 
  • Test Type: Rapid test only. Drive-thru  
  • Insurance: No insurance accepted. Cash or credit card payment accepted.
    • Antigen Rapid Test: $99 
  • Results turnaround: 
    • Results will be sent via secure text within one hour.  
  • Hours:  
    • Mill Valley: 10am – 5pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 
    • Novato: 10am – 5pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 
  • Additional notes: Cannot guarantee testing will meet travel pre-screen requirements, as most airlines/destinations require a PCR test for certification. Check with your airline and destination about testing requirements prior to booking your appointment. 

Carbon Health

  • Location: 132 Vintage Way, Suite F5, Novato 94945 - (628) 203-9029 
  • Appointments:  Book online or through the app. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients ages 3 months and above 
  • Test type:  PCR. In-clinic testing. 
  • Insurance: Some insurance accepted, including Medicare/Medi-Cal. Cash and credit accepted. 
    • Insurance not accepted for travel clearance testing.
  • Results Turnaround: Your test results will be available in 3-5 days via the Carbon Health desktop site or mobile app for iOS or for Android. You will receive a text message when your results are ready, and you can log into your Carbon Health account to obtain a downloadable PDF of the test result. 
  • Hours: Every day 9am – 7pm 
  • Additional notes: For travel clearance testing, please confirm Carbon Health’s testing meets specifications of your airline’s/destination’s requirements prior to booking appointment.  

Dignity Health GoHealth Urgent Care

  • Location: 750 Redwood Highway, Frontage Road, Mill Valley - (415) 384-4778 
  • Appointments: accepts both walk-ins and appointments 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients ages 6 months and up.  
  • Test type: PCR and Rapid COVID-19 available. 
  • Insurance: Most insurance accepted, including Medicare (visit online to view list of in-network insurance plans).  
    • If Uninsured:
      • You must pay the COVID-19 testing cost ($51) plus the cost of your evaluation.
        • Virtual visit evaluation: $261 without insurance
        • In-center evaluation: $301 without insurance 
  • Results Turnaround: 
    • Rapid tests offer results in as soon as 15 minutes 
    • PCR test results are typically available within 2-3 days 
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm 
  • Additional Information:  
    • Travel Clearance: Offers pre-travel COVID-19 testing at 5 designated Bay Area urgent care testing centers and at SFO testing site. Rapid PCR test results at SFO are ready in approximately 50 minutes and are only available for walk-up visitors. Check with your airline/destination about testing requirements prior to conducting testing
    • Workplace Testing: Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is now offering rapid COVID-19 testing at Marin County workplaces completing this request form. A member of their operations team will reach out to you. 

Medical Center of Marin Urgent Care

  • Location(s):  
    • 101 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera - (415) 924-4525 
    • 7428 Redwood Boulevard, Novato - (415) 895-5216 
  • Appointments: Required. Call to schedule an appointment. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients ages 3 and above 
  • Test type: PCR and Rapid test available. 
  • Insurance: Most insurance accepted, including Medicare.
    • If Uninsured: 
      • Uninsured/Self-pay cost $160.00
  • Results Turnaround: PCR 3 business days and rapid is 10 minutes 
  • (Testing) Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm; Closed Sunday 
  • Additional notes: Cannot guarantee testing would meet travel pre-screen requirements. Confirm airline/destination testing requirements prior to scheduling your testing appointment. 

One Medical

  • Location: 1004 Northgate Drive, San Rafael - (415) 590-6150 
  • Appointments: Appointments required. 
  • Who Qualifies: Patients of all ages  
  • Test Info: PCR and Rapid antigen (as supply allows). 
  • Cost: Membership-based* (see additional notes below). Provides testing to uninsured free of cost, however testing labs do not. Uninsured patients can expect to receive a separate bill from the lab processing the test sample. 
  • Results Turnaround: PCR results typically received within 2-3 days  and Rapid test results received within 15 mins to 24 hrs. 
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Closed Sunday 
  • Additional notes:  
    • Travel Clearance: Does not offer travel testing at this time 
    • Membership–based service: Testing from One Medical requires a membership.  You must sign-up for a membership prior to making an appointment. You can  Sign up online for a free 30-day trial membership using the code: OMSFBAY30FREE. (but you must cancel your appointment within 30 days to avoid charges).  Follow these steps:
      • Log in to the One Medical app (on iPhone or Android) or on the website. 
      • Select "Book Visit" or "Get Care." 
      • Enter the reason for your visit (i.e. COVID-19 testing) and select the region where you would like to make an appointment. 
      • Select your preferred test type (i.e. COVID PCR test, COVID antibody test, COVID Antibody & PCR test) 
      • Select the next available appointment at your preferred available location 
      • Book visit 

 

Visit the MyTurn.CA.gov to search for other testing locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The California Department of Public Health has convened a Drafting Guidelines Workgroup which is leveraging national prioritization frameworks and reviewing data regarding occupational exposure and COVID-19 risk to prioritize sectors across phases and tiered population groups. All California counties will follow these guidelines in administering vaccine.  However, given the number of people falling into the various tiers in a specific county, the uptake of those in the priority group in getting vaccinated, and the logistics and timeline for use of the vaccine so that no doses go to waste, counties may be in different tiers in administering vaccine to their population.

Federal, State and Local Roles

Federal agencies will decide:

  • Which vaccines are approved for use in United States (FDA)
  • How much vaccine will be allocated to each state (CDC)
  • Overall framework for who gets vaccine at each phase of the rollout (CDC)
  • Ongoing research, monitoring, and oversight (NIH, FDA, CDC)

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will decide:

  • Which vaccine(s) will be used in CA
  • How much vaccine will be allocated to each local health jurisdiction/county
  • State-specific framework for who will get vaccine when (per federal guidelines)
  • Which data systems will be used across the state to monitor vaccine distribution and uptake
  • Ongoing data collection, monitoring and oversight

Marin Public Health will:

  • Coordinate local infrastructure for vaccine storage, distribution, & administration
  • Promote efficient, transparent and equitable distribution across local communities
  • Conduct ongoing data reporting and monitoring
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There are now FDA-authorized COVID-19 tests available for purchase online or in a store that can be used completely at home. Most insurance carriers cover the cost of at-home testing, so long as the test is FDA-authorized. 

There are two methods of at-home testing:

  • Home collection tests: Samples are collected at home and sent to a lab for analysis — you typically find out the results in a few days.
  • At-home testing: Samples are collected at home and you perform the test — you get results in a few minutes.

Every test or collection kit is different, so read directions carefully before beginning and follow them exactly.  When you receive your results, you'll need to call your primary care doctor or local clinic -- especially if you test positive -- to understand how to safely proceed with isolation.

Who should use self-test kits?

According to the CDC, “self-tests can be used by anyone who is symptomatic regardless of their vaccination status,” and “unvaccinated persons with no COVID-19 symptoms can also use self-tests, especially if they were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19.” The CDC states that fully vaccinated individuals should also take note of specific testing guidance. Not all self-test kits are suitable for children. Consult the manufacturer prior to purchase.

Reporting At-Home Testing Results to Marin County Public Health

An online form has been developed to be used for reporting the results of COVID-19 testing done in the home to the Marin County Public Health Department. Please do not complete this form if you received testing at a healthcare or testing site, only report testing you did yourself at home. 

Order Free Antigen Tests

Every household in the United States is eligible to receive four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Log onto COVIDtests.gov and place an order. The tests should arrive by mail within 12 days once ordered. 

If you are placing an order using your PO Box, do not also enter your physical address as this will cause your order to be rejected by the system. Entering your order with only your PO Box information will ensure your order is placed and processed in a timely manner. 

In some limited cases, addresses may not be recognized as multi-family by USPS. This might result in an issue placing an order if another resident at your address has already ordered. If you believe you are running into this issue, you can file a service request or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to get this fixed. 

Purchasing an At-Home Self Test or Home Collection Test

Use FindACovidTest.org to search for an at-home antigen, at-home molecular, or mail-in PCR test available for purchase.  You can search by test type, brand, retailer, and in-stock availability.

 

Health Insurance Covers Costs of Self-Tests

The Biden Administration has mandated that health insurers must cover over the counter at-home tests without requiring an order from a healthcare provider. Federal law now requires health insurers to:  

  • Cover up to eight FDA-approved or authorized over the counter at-home tests for each insured person each month.  
  • Cover over-the-counter tests without a provider’s order, without any cost sharing requirements (deductibles, co-payments or coinsurance), without prior authorization.  
    • Note: Insurers may require you pay up-front and submit a claim for reimbursement) 
  • Cover over the counter tests bought from in-network pharmacies and direct shipping 
    • Note: If no up-front payment is required, reimbursement is limited to $12 per test. If up-front payment is required, full cost will be reimbursed. 

File for a Request for Assistance online for accessing COVID-19 care to get more information as the capacity for testing increases in the state. Consumers should contact their doctor and medical provider for more information.  

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face covering fact sheet

To download, click on the desired language in the listing.

Name: Face covering fact sheet

Purpose: Explains why and how to wear face coverings.

Use: Post in areas where people gather, such as workplaces, businesses, shopping areas.

Target audience: Everyone

Languages: 

Type: 

  • Fact sheet
  • PDF
  • 8.5x11

Effective date: 9/18/2020

03/24/2021 - 11:48

To get a vaccine at a Marin County Public Health vaccination site, you will need to show these two pieces of documentation:

  1. Proof of identity, and
  2. Proof that you live in Marin County

There are many ways to show that you are eligible to get a vaccine. Below is a list of examples of acceptable documents.

Proof of identity

Everyone seeking a vaccination will need to show proof of identity (ID). Your ID must match the name on your vaccine appointment. You do not need to show a government issued ID and you do not need to be a US citizen to get a vaccine.

Example IDs include:

  • A legal photo ID (e.g., REAL ID, drivers license, passport, or other government issued photo ID).  If you are under the age of 18 and do not have a drivers license or state issued ID, you must bring your birth certificate.
  • A form of documentation with your name on it that matches the name on your appointment confirmation, such as:
    • Driver’s license
    • Work ID
    • Library card
    • Letter from your employer or school
    • Bank/ATM cards
    • Electrical bill
    • Matricula consular
    • Pay stub
    • Passport
    • Money transfer receipt, etc.

Proof of residence

When you check-in for your appointment, you must provide documentation that shows you live in Marin County (must show Marin County address). Examples include:

  • Drivers License; 
  • California ID Card or REAL ID (from DMV); 
  • Bill (e.g, utility, cable, mortgage, property tax, insurance); 
  • Vehicle registration or insurance; 
  • Rent receipt or lease or letter from landlord; 
  • Tax, bank or insurance document; 
  • School, employment or court document

Note: If you are unable to provide the documentation listed above, you will be required to sign a form that says you certify that you have the that you live in Marin County and are qualified to be vaccinated. 

04/14/2021 - 16:31