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COVID-19 Status Update for 01/09/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for January 9 includes confirmation of stay home order extension; debunking common vaccine myths; a recap of yesterday’s Community Conversation event and updated COVID-19 data.

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published daily to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the local economy running. We remain here for you.

 

State Confirms Stay Home Order Extended Until ICU Capacity Rebounds

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirmed the Bay Area stay-home order will remain in place for now, until available ICU bed capacity was greater than or equal to 15%. The announcement did not give any indication of a possible end date.  However, CDPH’s news release did indicate that officials plan to “assess the region's ICU projections in the coming days and announce a formal decision on whether Bay Area meets criteria to exit the order.”

Visit CDPH’s Regional Stay Home Order webpage to track the region’s available ICU capacity, learn more about the order, or see what’s permitted under the order.

 

Vaccine MythBusters: Know the Facts!

It's likely you've heard claims about COVID-19 vaccines on social media or from the people in your life. Knowing what is true about vaccines, and what isn’t, is crucial to community and business recovery. Over the next few days, we’ll bust some myths that exist about the COVID-19 vaccine and share facts that should be shared widely.

 

❌ Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine is not safe because it was rapidly developed and tested.

✔️ Fact: The best scientists in the world spend thousands and thousands of hours on developing a vaccine before you take it. 

 

The development of the COVID vaccines were well underway before the COVID-19 pandemic. How? Since SARS-CoV-2 comes from a family of viruses, including the SARS coronavirus of 2002 and the MERS coronavirus of 2012, scientists had already been developing new vaccines to treat a new virus from the family. In addition, the use of mRNA vaccines to treat diseases had been studied for the past several decades.

The vaccine went through the same rigorous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) process as every other vaccine, meeting all safety standards. No steps were skipped. The process that ensures vaccines are safe includes many steps and safeguards including:

  • Multiple clinical trials to evaluate safety and effectiveness with thousands of participants.
  • Licensure or Emergency Use Authorization: The FDA will only approve a vaccine if it is safe, effective, and the benefits outweigh any risks.
  • Review and Guidance: The ­Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) provides guidance on how a vaccine should be used. 
  • Ongoing Monitoring: Every vaccine continues to be monitored through a series of safety systems. 

 

RECAP: Community Conversation event on vaccines, stay-home order

Missed yesterday’s “Community Conversation” event? We’ve got you covered!  The event featured Dr. Tyler Evans, Dr. Matt Willis and Benita McLarin and reviewed the status of the Regional Stay Home Order and Marin County’s progress with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, followed by a Q&A session. The session also included a detailed explanation of how someone determines when they may be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Ways to Watch: (English - Facebook) (English - YouTube) (Español - YouTube)

Related Resources:

 

COVID-19 Data Update:

Below is a summary of today’s data now available on Marin Data & Surveillance webpage. View the page for a broader range of data, plus interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender, race and city/town/geographic region. Questions about the data? See our Data FAQ or contact us.

COVID-19 activity in Marin:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Total Confirmed Cases

8,457

+ 108

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

7,295

+ 45

Total Deaths

115

0

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

253

0

Tests Conducted Among Marin Residents*

269,526*

0*

*At the time of publication, today’s testing count was not available due to an issue with CalREDIE, the state’s COVID-19 testing database. We anticipate the data being available for tomorrow’s report.

 

Current Hospitalization Data:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

34

- 4

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census

8

+ 1

ICU Availability – Bay Area*

3.0%*

0*

*Today’s current available ICU capacity is based on numbers reported as of January 8, 2021 (the State’s dashboard for available regional ICU capacity was not updated today).

 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

630

+ 2

Positive Patients at Facilities current

58

- 4

Positive Staff at Facilities current

66

- 3

Facility Patient Deaths**

96

0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

83%

0 %

 

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

2,621,277

+52,636

California Deaths

29,233

+695

 

 

Stay Informed

Follow the County of Marin on Facebook, Twitter, Next-door or subscribe to our status updates. Visit MarinHHS.org/coronavirus for resources to stay connected on the issue.

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Contact Us. We Are Here for You.

Have questions?  We are here to help: contact our COVID-19 Response Team. Alternatively, you can contact the statewide COVID-19 Hotline 7 days per week by dialing (833) 422-4255 for general information about state COVID-19 resources.  If you’re looking for medicine, medical attention or have a medical related question, please contact your primary care provider or local health clinic. As a reminder, please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.

 

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