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COVID-19 Status Update for 03/03/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for March 3 new guidelines for youth and adult recreational sports and updated COVID-19 data.

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COVID-19 Status Update for 01/21/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for January 21 includes 75 & older next up for vaccine; a new “interest form” to be notified when you’re eligible to receive the vaccine; CDPH greenlights Moderna vaccine 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.

 

Marin Vaccine Distribution Focuses on 75 and Older

COVID immunization efforts focus on local epidemiologic reality.

 

Marin County Public Health and healthcare providers have committed to focusing vaccination efforts across the county for residents age 75 and older, in a joint strategy designed to save lives.

Over the past month, local interest in the COVID-19 vaccine has grown large, which bodes well for turning the pandemic tide in Marin County. Now, health officials are taking a coordinated step forward in how best to allocate a still-limited supply of the shots to those most vulnerable to hospitalization or death from COVID-19.

Marin County’s approximately 25,000 residents who are age 75 or above will be prioritized for available vaccine supplies. In parallel with this effort, vaccination of any remaining Phase 1A-eligible healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities will continue.   

“With limited supply and no sign of any significant increase in the near future, this prioritization is the right move for Marin,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin’s Public Health Officer. “Three out of four COVID-19 deaths in Marin are among our residents 75 years or older. A vaccine offered a resident above age 75 is more than 300 times more likely to save a life than a vaccine offered to someone under age 50.”

Vaccine supply determines the pace at which residents can be vaccinated.  Marin’s healthcare network receives just a few thousand doses each week. Local health leaders continue to advocate for increased doses and aim to vaccinate most of Marin’s vulnerable elders by the end of February. 

Marin County Public Health is working closely with MarinHealth, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter, Marin County fire agencies, Marin Medical Reserve Corps, and other community partners to provide coordinated vaccine distribution across Marin. This includes hosting mass vaccination Points of Dispensing (POD), where hundreds of people can be vaccinated in a short amount of time. An overview of current operations for all healthcare vaccination dispensing sites can be found online and more vaccine providers are expected to come online in the weeks ahead.

While the California Department of Public Health’s Phase 1B prescribes vaccines for a larger group based on age or occupation, the State allows local jurisdictions to prioritize within tiers based on available supply. At the top of the State’s list of recommended sub-prioritizations is the 75 and older age group because of the increased risk of mortality or other severe outcomes.

Any existing vaccination clinics targeting other groups within Phase 1B of the state’s framework are permitted to continue through the end of the week. For Marin County Public Health, that includes vaccine opportunities for childcare workers, which are scheduled daily this week through Saturday.

To date, approximately 11,145 Marin County residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, in addition to thousands more Marin County -based healthcare workers who live in other counties but help care for Marin residents.

To help Marin residents track when they may be eligible to receive a vaccine, the County is launching a new online interest form.  Residents can answer a few questions to be subscribed to receive email or text message notifications when their turn has arrived and how to pursue a vaccine appointment. The form is available in English and Spanish on Marin County Public Health’s vaccine webpage. 

 

 

Marin Moves Forward With Moderna Doses

Marin County healthcare providers have been given the green light to proceed with distribution of all Moderna vaccine on hand, including the lot that had been placed on hold last week pending investigation.  A rigorous epidemiological review by California Department of Public Health, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined the observed reactions were associated with only one site, a clinic in San Diego, and not with this lot of vaccine.

In the first month of distribution, the Moderna vaccine has demonstrated to be both safe and effective. Northern California has extensive experience with this vaccine, including thousands of doses from the temporarily “paused” lot administered prior to the San Diego event.

Vaccine supply determines the pace at which we’re able to vaccinate our community. For Marin County, this news from CDPH means 2,540 more people in Marin County can safely move forward with receiving their first dose of this vaccine. This represents approximately 9.5% of the total supply Marin Public Health and local hospitals have receive thus far. We’re hopeful the supply chain will increase soon so we can begin to expand the numbers of people vaccinated each week.

"These findings should continue to give everyone confidence that vaccines are safe and effective, and that the systems put in place to ensure vaccine safety are rigorous and science-based,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health Officer. “The Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines are some of the most effective vaccines ever produced and I encourage all Marin residents to seek the vaccine when it’s their turn.”

 

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

9,573

+ 81

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days)

913

- 48

Total Deaths

135

+ 4

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

280

0

Tests Conducted Among Marin Residents

298,871

+ 1,417

 

Current Hospitalization Data:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

28

  - 3

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census

9

  - 1

ICU Availability – Bay Area

6.6%

- 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

703

+ 5

Positive Patients at Facilities current

65

+ 4

Positive Staff at Facilities current

64

+ 7

Facility Patient Deaths**

110

0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

85.3%

0%

 

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

3,039,044

+19,673

California Deaths

35,004

+571

 

 

Stay Informed

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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.

 

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