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COVID-19 Status Update for 02/25/2022

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for February 25, 2022 includes Surge in Virus Deaths Reinforces Need for Vigilance; CDC Releases COVID-19 Community Levels; CDC Adjusts COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination Schedule; and updated local COVID-19 data. 

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is three times per week and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the local economy running. We remain here for you. 

 

Surge in Virus Deaths Reinforces Need for Vigilance 

If you keep a close eye on our data, you know that today we announced 15 new COVID-19 deaths, resulting in a total of 24 residents that have died from COVID-19 complications between January and February 12* of this year. While the Omicron variant caused less severe disease than earlier variants, its higher rate of infectivity drove up hospitalization and death rates in Marin. 

Of the deaths included in the report, the majority were adults, age 75 or older, with severe comorbidities or “end of life” from a clinical perspective, meaning they had been on hospice or comfort care over the last three to five months. Deaths are to be expected among this group due to elderly adults having higher risk factors when at the end of their lives. Ultimately, the Omicron variant has accelerated the death rate for these vulnerable adults.    

Three of the newly reported deaths were among residents under the age of 70 years old who did not have full vaccine protection or had known risk factors. Research has shown that poor COVID outcomes, including hospitalizations and deaths, are linked to lifestyle diseases including obesity, diabetes, smoking, and substance use disorders. Prolonged exposure to modifiable lifestyle behaviors, including smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use damages the immune system and weakens a body’s immune response to infection.   

“The takeaway message to stay vigilant on booster shots and stay focused on our community’s recovery from the pandemic,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, the County’s Deputy Public Health Officer. “Many adults have been in isolation, which can be mentally and physically devastating. Check on your neighbors and relatives, help them see their doctor, catch up on deferred medical care, or find the treatment assistance they need. These factors can be hidden behind closed doors but can be a recipe for severe illness when co-mingled with Omicron or future variants.” 

More information can be found in the news release or on the COVID-19 Surveillance webpage. Marin County Public Health releases updated COVID-19 death data each Friday and has a two-week lag to account for processing time. Recent deaths and hospitalizations are reviewed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to identify deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, with incidental cases removed. 

 

CDC Releases COVID-19 Community Levels  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced a new set of recommendations for the use of masks. This is based off an updated measure for determining COVID-19 risk in communities. Rather than focusing on case rates and infections as risk indicators, the CDC is turning its focus on hospitalizations. The reason for this change is due to increased nationwide immunity, either through vaccination or recovery from infection. Overall, the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 has been reduced for most people.  

The COVID-19 Community Level is the new indicator of risk, and this is measured by the rate of new hospital admissions and beds occupied by COVID patients, plus the rate of new cases in a county. Transmission prevention guidance varies depending on each county’s Community Level, which can be low, medium, or high. The CDC’s updated guidance recommends the universal use of masks in indoor public spaces only in counties where the Community Level is high.  

What does this mean for Marin? Before any of the CDC’s new recommendations are implemented in our community, Marin County Public Health is awaiting further guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), of which Marin County will align. An update from CDPH is expected early next week. 

Learn more about COVID-19 Community Levels by visiting the CDC’s webpage

 

CDC Adjusts COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination Schedule 

The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines Pfizer and Moderna are safe and effective at the FDA-approved or FDA-authorized intervals between the first and second dose of 3 weeks (Pfizer) or 4 weeks (Moderna). However, some studies in adolescents and adults have shown that an interval up to 8 weeks may be preferable for some people ages 12 years and older, especially for males ages 12-to-39-years-old. 

While the overall risk of myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart, is small, the potential risk is higher for males between the ages of 12-to-39-years old.  These studies suggest that increasing the interval between doses of primary COVID-19 mRNA vaccinations to longer than 4 weeks may increase peak antibody responses and vaccine effectiveness, as well as potentially reducing the risk of swelling of the heart.   

The pre-existing shorter interval (3 weeks for Pfizer-BioNTech; 4 weeks for Moderna) between the first and second doses remains the recommended interval for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, adults ages 65 years and older, and others who need rapid protection due to increased concern about community transmission or risk of severe disease. 

For more information, see the CDC's Primary Series COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule.  

 

COVID-19 Data Update: 

As of February 16, our COVID-19 Status Update has changed in frequency and is now published Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays except holidays. Because these updates are no longer published on consecutive days, the last column in each data table now reflects the change from last Status Update, not a change from the previous day. 

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

COVID-19 Case Data 

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Status Update on February 23 

Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases 

29,750  

+18* 

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days) 

190 

-72 

Total Cumulative Deaths 

224 

+15  

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations 

-3  

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census 

-1  

* On 2/24/22, our epidemiology team found and removed some duplicate cases from our records. After the reconciliation effort, the net change in cases since 2/23/22 is only 18. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Data  

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Status Update on February 23 

Marin residents age 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose 

240,633  

+ 49 

Percent of Marin population age 5+ who have completed vaccine series. 

91.7 

+ 0.1%  

Marin residents age 5+ who have received a Booster/3rd Dose 

148,706 

+ 162 

Percent of entire Marin population that is “fully immunized” (14+ days post final dose)* 

88% * 

+ 0%  

* Note that this percentage is out of all Marin residents including children younger than 5. 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Week 

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative 

1,279 

+ 8 

Positive Patients at Facilities current  

11 

-19 

Positive Staff at Facilities current 

21 

 -15 

Facility Patient Deaths 

145 

+ 3 

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths 

64.7% 

 + 0.2% 

 

State COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Status Update 

California Confirmed Cases 

8,361,704 

+18,491 

California Deaths 

83,992 

+ 423 

 

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