The status update for April 16th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, a new Health Order that is expected to be announced tomorrow, information about disaster service workers in the County and a video update from Dr. Willis.
COVID-19 activity in Marin:
|Marin Confirmed Cases:||187|
|Marin Persons Tested:||2,483|
|Marin Cases Recovered:||130|
|Marin Hospitalizations cumulative:||32|
|Marin Hospitalizations currently:||4|
|California Confirmed Cases:||27,575|
Our epidemiology and communicable disease teams have been working diligently to collect and provide additional information about confirmed COVID-19 cases in Marin.
Visit our Surveillance webpage to view interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender and geographic region. In addition, you can track the total number of local hospital visits due to respiratory illness -like activity, which provides situational awareness and could be an early indicator of potential hospital surge in Marin.
New Health Order requiring facial coverings to be expected
The specific language will be posted tomorrow but in essence this order will require facial coverings for public settings where we are coming into contact within 6 feet of people who we don’t live with, particularly indoors. Children under the age of six will be exempt, and we don’t need to wear it when we’re alone indoors, with those we live with, or out by ourselves on a walk.
This new Order is expected to be announced tomorrow and will go into effect at noon on April 22nd, 2020.
County employees step up to pandemic challenge
In times of emergency, people turn to their governments. Assistance during and after a crisis is one of the biggest reasons why government exists.
The County of Marin’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) includes public safety, public health, administrative and many Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) personnel supporting the County’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines. There’s also an Administrative Department Operations Center helping to ensure the County can continue its other essential services with technology, human resources, planning coordination, and support to the EOC.
In addition, several hundred County employees are playing key roles during the pandemic response that are different from the roles they played in the pre-COVID-19 world. They are Disaster Service Workers (DSWs), as are all public employees in the State of California.
Read the full news release on how County employees are answering the call as disaster service workers.
A video message from your Public Health Officer:
Dr. Matt Willis provides an update on the Shelter at Home Order currently in effect and provides information about an upcoming Health Order requiring facial coverings in certain circumstances in public.
Where to get the latest information:
- Coronavirus in Marin website (MarinHHS.org/coronavirus)
- Surveillance & Data
- Donation Options
- Subscribe for future status updates
- Archive of past status updates
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).