The March 19 status update reviews COVID-19 cases in Marin, future potential emergency tenant protections, childcare for healthcare workers, clarification on who to call when you feel symptoms, and provides another video update from Dr. Matt Willis with an update on new cases in Marin and other activity.
COVID-19 activity in Marin:
- Total cases in Marin: 25
- COVID-19 related deaths in Marin: 0
- As of March 18, 2020 at 6:00p.m., 675 cases and 16 deaths in California, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Marin County Public Health continues to advance policies to limit community spread and support our excellent healthcare partners’ capacity to respond.
Emergency Tenant Protections
The Marin County Board of Supervisors plans to consider a resolution on March 24 that would prevent residents and business owners from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium would last until May 31.
Financial impacts include having a substantial loss of household income because of a business closure, a loss of work hours or wages, layoffs, or extraordinary out-of-the pocket medical expenses related to COVID-19. Also under the new resolution, a tenant would have up to six months to pay rent before losing their housing or commercial property.
COVID-19 is causing, and is expected to continue to cause, serious negative impacts on the Marin economy and to residents.
Childcare for healthcare workers
The county of Marin in cooperation with multiple entities throughout the county has developed pop-up childcare locations for Healthcare workers and First Responders. This collaborative effort is aimed at assisting those critical to our Healthcare system and reducing the spread of COVID-19. This will assist in making sure we have ample staff in place to provide essential services within our community.
Emergency resources in relation to COVID-19
We have noticed an increase in 911 calls for service with patients who have fevers and minor symptoms, which is beginning to stretch our emergency resources. We are asking our community to not call 911 for minor cold and flu symptoms and call your personal physician or health clinic. If our ambulances are tied up with routine cold and flu calls, you may see extended response times for true emergencies.
A message from your Public Health Officer
For today’s update,