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COVID-19 Status Update for 01/20/2023

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for January 20, 2023, includes: Marin’s Current COVID Status; COVID-sniffing Dogs Protect Older Residents; Local Virus Levels Moving in Right Direction; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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COVID-19 Status Update for 01/13/2023

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for January 13, 2023, includes: 2023 Priorities for Monitoring COVID-19 in Marin; Federal and Local COVID State of Emergency; Know your COVID-19 Community Level and updated local COVID-19 data. 

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published weekly and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. We remain here for you.

2023 Priorities for Monitoring COVID-19 in Marin

As the pandemic evolves, so have the tools to track the virus and its impacts. In 2023, Marin County Public Health will be focusing pandemic surveillance on five key elements, which will continue to be displayed on the Coronavirus Surveillance Web Page. Virus levels in wastewater, which covers nearly 90% of the Marin population, will be used to describe community transmission rates. To assess COVID-19 severity and healthcare burden we will track hospitalizations and deaths. For planning and forecasting, we look for changes in locally circulating variants, and follow national and global trends closely. We will continue to actively monitor for outbreaks in congregate settings, including schools and long-term care facilities, where early detection and intervention can prevent transmission.

Federal and Local COVID State of Emergency

On January 11, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services extended the national COVID-19 state of emergency, which had been set to end in late January. In place since January 2020, the declaration has been extended 12 times. The latest extension is in response to rising daily cases nationally and the emergence of the XBB 1.5 variant. Marin’s and California’s states of emergency are both slated to end on February 23. As of this time, there are no plans to extend locally beyond this date.

Booster Effectiveness: Global Data Validates Marin Findings

Marin County Public Health has been sharing local data about the effectiveness of the bivalent booster in protecting Marin residents. Now, larger global studies are validating this conclusion, including a new Israeli study published in Lancet.  Among more than 700,000 participants age 65 and older, who either had the bivalent or did not, there was an  81% reduction in COVID hospitalizations and an 86% reduction of deaths. During over 70-days follow-up, there were 73 deaths in those without the bivalent booster and 1 death of a participant who received it. The bivalent booster is also effective against XBB 1.5, which is likely to become the next dominant strain locally. In Marin, 62% of residents age 65 and older have received the bivalent booster.

Know your COVID-19 Community Level

The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels are a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in Marin or other community in which you live, work or visit.

 

Location

Todays’ COVID-19 Community Level:

Suggested Prevention Steps:

Marin County

MEDIUM

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including recommended booster doses.
  • If you are at high risk of getting very sick, wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) when indoors in public.
  • If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick, consider self-testing to detect infection before contact, and consider wearing a high-quality mask when indoors with them.
  • Maintain ventilation improvements.
  • Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

COVID-19 Data Update:

Below is just a snapshot of local COVID-19 data. Find a more in-depth analysis of COVID-19 trends on the Marin Data & Surveillance webpage, our Data FAQ, or Marin County's Open Data Portal.

Data sets updated weekly (published on Fridays) include:

  • COVID-19 vaccination rates
  • COVID-19 cases & deaths among facility staff and residents
  • Weekly/Cumulative count of COVID-19 deaths among Marin residents
  • State COVID-19 Data

Status updates are now published weekly on Fridays. “Change from Last Status Update” accounts for 7 days of data, unless noted otherwise (view past status updates).

COVID-19 Case Data

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update on 1/6/2023

Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases

44,195

+ 130

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days)

150

- 69

Total Cumulative Deaths

273

+ 0*

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

25

- 3

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census

2

- 1

* Change from last Friday.

COVID-19 Vaccination Data

Today’s Report

Change from Last Week

Percent of Marin residents vaccinated with at least one dose

98%**

N/A**

Percent of Marin population who have completed vaccine series.

93.3%*

+ 0.1%

Percent of Marin residents who have received a Booster/3rd Dose

69.4%*

+ 0.0%

* * As population estimates may not be precise, the proportion of vaccinated people in any group will be displayed up to, but not higher than 98%. 

* Note that this percentage is out of all Marin residents including children younger than 6 months.

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data:

Today’s Report

Change from Last Week

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

2,469

+ 2

Positive Patients at Facilities current

13

- 16

Positive Staff at Facilities current

4

 - 13

Facility Patient Deaths

172

+ 0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

63%

 + 0.0%

 

State COVID-19 data:

Today’s Report

Change from Last Week

California Confirmed Cases

10,972,516

+ 37,718

California Deaths

98,393

+ 355

Resource Link Library

What to do if...

You’ve tested Positive | You’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19

Online Resources

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