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COVID-19 Status Update for 09/24/2021

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COVID-19 Status Update for 01/20/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for January 20 includes Contact Tracing 101; job openings on our COVID-19 response team 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.

 

 

What is Contact Tracing, & Why is it Important in the Fight Against COVID-19?

Contact tracing is one of those terms associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that has seemingly become a part of our everyday language. But it's a public health strategy that's been used for years to combat communicable diseases.

Contact tracing is the process of finding out who has recently been in close contact with a person infected with a virus, such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and reaching out to those people to let them know they may have been exposed and guide them on what to do next. In some cases, that may include self-isolating to prevent further spread.

Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, explains why contact tracing is important in the fight against COVID-19.

"The whole idea, and this is really important in the beginning of an outbreak in order to contain the outbreak, is to understand who's infected and then in broader and broader rings, trace who might have been exposed ― and therefore who might have been infected. If you can do that quickly and effectively, and efficiently, you can dramatically decrease the impact of an epidemic or pandemic," says Dr. Poland.

Dr. Poland says this time-tested public health strategy is standard with infectious diseases. It was used during the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak in 2003. [Source: Mayo Clinic]

 

 

Join our COVID-19 Response Team

We are recruiting to support our COVID-19 response team.  From nursing and contact investigations to supporting our testing and vaccination operations, we are looking to hire people with a heart for service and a passion for ending this pandemic. Available jobs include:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Bilingual Contact Investigator
  • Service Support Worker
  • Office Assistant

For full job descriptions and application instructions, visit our Jobs website.

 

 

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

9,492

+ 39

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days)

961

- 133

Total Deaths

131

+ 2

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

280

+ 1

Tests Conducted Among Marin Residents

297,454

+ 1,372

*The last status update was issued Sunday, January 17. “Change since last status update” includes data for Monday and today. Alternatively, our data and surveillance webpage reports “change since yesterday,” reporting only new data for today. Archived daily case data can be accessed by clicking on the data source listed under respective “Daily Trends” graphs.

Current Hospitalization Data:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

31

  + 2

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census

10

  + 1

ICU Availability – Bay Area

7.0%

- 0.4%

 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

698

0

Positive Patients at Facilities current

61

- 5

Positive Staff at Facilities current

57

- 2

Facility Patient Deaths**

110

+ 7**

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

85.3%

5.4%

** Five “new” facility deaths were reported as part of Marin’s total death count earlier this month. However, the facility classification was delayed until this today.

 

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

3,019,371

+22,403

California Deaths

34,433

+694

 

 

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.

 

Helpful Links and Online Resources:

 

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.

 

Spread the word: How your friends and family can receive these updates:

  • Text "MARIN COVID" to 468311 to receive text message notifications      
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  • Tweet & share this update with your friends on Twitter!