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COVID-19 Status Update for 04/06/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for April 6 includes the discovery of a new (for Marin) COVID-19 variant; A Blueprint Update from the State; New plans for moving beyond the Blueprint; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published weekdays 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.

 

B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Detected in Marin

Two local cases of COVID-19 infection with the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2, first detected in the United Kingdom, have been reported by Marin County Public Health. As the county ramps up genomic sequencing of local COVID-19 specimens, this report signals the first reported cases associated with this variant in Marin County.

The B.1.1.7 variant is classified as a “Variant of Concern” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because it is more infectious than other strains, and it may lead to more severe disease. The B.1.1.7 variant is contributing to surges of cases in Europe and the Eastern United States. Regionally, the proportion of cases that are linked to the more transmissible variants is climbing and signals a concerning trend.

“This variant has been detected across California. Though it’s no surprise, the presence of this variant in Marin is not something to ignore.” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer. “It’s a reminder as we reopen that we’re not out of the woods, by any means. We need to stick with the tried and true prevention measures while we work to increase vaccination rates.”

Continue reading the news release for more information.

 

Blueprint Update: Marin Remains in Orange Tier

Today, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provided another update on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a statewide plan for reducing COVID-19 and keeping Californians healthy and safe.

While Marin County remains in the Orange Tier 3 for another week, CDPH confirmed Marin has not yet met the Yellow-level (Tier 4) for consideration to move forward (even with the new adjustments to the Blueprint framework that Governor Newsom announced today). In general, for a County to advance to a less restrictive tier, it must (1) have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks; and (2) meet criteria for the next less restrictive tier for all three measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.

The following table outlines the requirements for case rates, test positivity rates, and quartile test positivity rates for each tier status, as well as CDPH’s April 6 assessment for Marin County:

 

  Tier 1
(Widespread)
Tier 2
(Substantial)
Tier 3
(Moderate)
Tier 4
(Minimal)
Marin County
Adjusted Case Rate per 100,000 > 10 6 to 10 2 to 5.9 < 2 3.4
Overall Test Positivity Rate > 8% 5% to 8% 2% to 4.9% < 2% 1.2%
Equity Quartile Test Positivity Rate > 8.0% 8.0% ≤ 5.2% 2.1% 1.8%

(Table updated to reflect CDPH's 4 Million Vaccine Equity Metric Goal adjustment of April 6)

You can track Marin’s progress by viewing our Blueprint for a Safer Economy dashboard, which is updated each Tuesday afternoon to reflect CDPH’s calculations.

 

Moving Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

With statewide vaccinations increasing and hospitalizations continuing to steadily decline — Governor Gavin Newsom today outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:

  • If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and
  • If hospitalization rates are stable and low

Everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures, including mandated masking and encouraging all Californians to get vaccinated, to prevent illness and promote health. Testing or vaccination verification requirements will remain in relevant settings.  The entire state will move into this new phase as a whole. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants, with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.

“It’s reassuring to see that the state’s plan for moving beyond the Blueprint is tied to metrics, continuing to follow science and data as we have all along,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin’s Public Health Officer. “We’re optimistic that with current vaccination progress and a drop of case rates, we can achieve this new goal. That said, two months is a long time and there’s still uncertainty in our vaccine supply and the effects of new variants that may be detected locally between now and then. We still need to monitor case trends in the coming weeks and vaccine efficacy against variants.”

For more information, visit the state’s “Beyond the Blueprint” webpage.

 

 

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.

Looking for daily data trends? Our Marin Data & Surveillance webpage  uses Tableau dashboards to visualize the impact of COVID-19 in Marin County. Under each dashboard are links to datasets available on Marin County's Open Data Portal.

COVID-19 Case Data

Today’s Report

Change from Yesterday

Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases

11,502

+ 13

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days)

133

- 2

Total Cumulative Deaths

175

0

Cumulative COVID-19 Hospitalizations

359

0

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

7

0

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census

1

- 1

Tests Conducted Among Marin Residents

414,560

N/A*

*At the time of publication, today’s testing count was not available due to an issue with CalREDIE, the state’s COVID-19 testing database. We anticipate the data being available for tomorrow’s report.

COVID-19 Vaccination Data

Today’s Report

Change from LAST Status Update

Marin residents vaccinated with at least one dose

131,484

+ 3,105

Percent of Marin population age 16+ who have received at least one dose

62.0% 

+ 1.5% 

 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data:

Today’s Report

Change from Yesterday

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

711

0

Positive Patients at Facilities current

0

0

Positive Staff at Facilities current

1

0

Facility Patient Deaths

133

0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

76.0%

0.6%

 

State COVID-19 data:

Today’s Report

Change from Yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

3,583,830

+ 1,367

California Deaths

58,541

+ 7

Other Marin County Data Dashboards:

 

 

Stay Informed

Follow the County of Marin on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor or subscribe to our status updates. Visit MarinHHS.org/coronavirus for resources to stay connected on the issue.

Helpful Links and Online Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 Vaccine

Current Health Orders

Face Coverings & Masks

Volunteer Opportunities

Donation Options

Business Reopening Guidelines

Archive of past status updates

 

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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