The status update for April 10th, 2020 includes new additions to the data website, COVID-19 activity in Marin, information about how we can protect ourselves and a video update from Dr. Lisa Santora.
COVID-19 activity in Marin:
|Marin Confirmed Cases:||153|
|Marin Persons Tested:||2,047|
|California Confirmed Cases:||21,073|
We’re now able to share geographic regions for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Marin County on our data website. We’ve broken up the data into six geographic locations: West Marin, Central Marin, Southern Marin, San Rafael, Novato, and San Anselmo/Fairfax.
You’ll also notice a decrease in confirmed cases and hospitalizations. Our epidemiology team is always analyzing data and confirming information we receive on positive patients. Today, we determined a patient was a double entry, which resulted in the reduction in confirmed cases and hospitalizations. New confirmed patient tests were received today.
Our epidemiology and communicable disease teams have been working diligently to collect and provide additional information about confirmed COVID-19 cases. We’ve updated our data website to include information about deaths and hospitalizations by age.
To see a breakdown of confirmed cases by age or gender, visit Marin HHS’s data website. In addition, our surveillance team monitors respiratory illness activity and hospital visits. Tracking the total number of visits and those due to respiratory illnesses provides a situational awareness of current resource needs in our community, which helps advance policies to limit community spread and support our excellent healthcare partners’ capacity to respond. Visit the data website to learn more.
How can we protect ourselves?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:
- Washing hands with soap and water.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Abide by the shelter in place order and stay home as much as possible, leaving only for essential activities like getting food or visiting a doctor."
- If you smoke or vape, consider quitting. Smokers who already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity could be at increased risk of serious illness.
- Following guidance from public health officials.
Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
Video update from your Deputy Public Health Officer
Dr. Lisa Santora provides an update on COVID-19 activity in Marin, information about the new short-term lodging restrictions.
Where to get the latest information:
Visit the official Marin County Coronavirus webpage (MarinHHS.org/coronavirus) to review answers to frequently asked questions, access guidance for special groups and subscribe for email updates. To view past status updates concerning COVID-19 activity in Marin County, click on the resources tab on the Coronavirus webpage.
Have questions? Individuals can contact Marin Health and Human Services with non-medical questions about the coronavirus by calling (415) 473-7191 (Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 12-noon and 1pm to 5pm).