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COVID-19 Status Update for 09/25/2020

The status update for September 25, 2020 includes guidelines for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations; updated COVID-19 data, updates on Woodward Fire, Red Flag Warnings and Hot Weather for weekend, and PSPS preparedness… Read More

Information and Resources

At this time, due to funding limitations, we are closing the rental assistance waitlist and are not accepting any new applications after Monday, June 15, 2020.

We are continuing to process requests in the order in which that they were received, but do not anticipate that all requests will be granted. Everyone on the waitlist will be notified in the coming weeks whether or not their request will be fulfilled.

Additionally, Marin County’s eviction moratorium remains in effect through September 30; renters have up to 90 days after the expiration of the resolution to repay back rent. For more information regarding the eviction moratorium, including documentation requirements, please visit www.marincounty.org/renterlandlord.

You can also watch these videos in English and Spanish that break down the moratorium’s frequently asked questions:

English:

  1. Why, When, Where, Who
  2. What to Do If You Can’t Pay Your Rent
  3. Paying the Rent You Owe
  4. Help Is Available

Spanish:

  1. ¿Por Qué, Cuándo, Dónde, y Para Quién?
  2. Qué Hacer Si No Puede Pagar la Renta
  3. Pagando la Renta que Debe
  4. Apoyo Está Disponible

We understand the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 on our community, and the County of Marin will continue to seek new ways of supporting residents during this challenging time.

Below are some other resources available for you and your family:

Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Assistance Programs:

To apply for Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, CalFresh, and WIC you can:

  • Call 1.877.410.8817;
  • Apply online at c4yourself.com; or
  • Pick up a paper application in person outside at 120 N. Redwood Dr. San Rafael, CA and at the Marin County Health and Wellness Center, 3240 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94901. Spanish and English copies are both available.
  • WIC applications are accepted over the phone by calling 415.473.6889. General Relief applications can be obtained at the locations noted above or by calling (415) 473-3350. 

Also visit HHS’ online Community Resource Guide, for local information on programs/services available to help with money, legal, housing and more. Lastly, if you are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness, visit Homelessness Resource Guide, which includes a comprehensive list of food resources available. Residents can search for their nearest food pantry or emergency food distribution location using San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s Food Locator App. For those that cannot access the app, information on food resources for older adults (age 60+) and persons with disabilities can be obtained by email 473-INFO@marincounty.org or by calling 415.473.INFO (415.473.4636). All others can call 211 to get connected to this information.

 

 

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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.

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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)

06/16/2020 - 22:20

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

 

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

 

How do I know if I should isolate or quarantine?

You should isolate or quarantine if...

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19
  • you have been in "close contact" with people who have tested positive for COVID-19.  Close contact means:
    • any household member
    • individuals that have shared a home within 14 days of a person's COVID-19 diagnosis
    • intimate partners
    • caregivers
    • someone who was within six feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or longer.

If you believe you meet the criteria above, please review the COVID-19 Guidance for At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety.

 

06/16/2020 - 22:49

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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