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COVID-19 Status Update for 12/02/2022

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for December 2, 2022 includes:  Protecting Shelter Residents; "Triple-demic" Update; CDC Transmission Level Change; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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COVID-19 Status Update for 04/25/2022

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for April 25, 2022 includes Tonight: Pediatric COVID Vaccination Virtual Forum; COVID-19 versus Seasonal Allergies: What’s the Difference?; Vaccination Opportunities in Marin; 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. 

 

Tonight: Pediatric COVID Vaccination Virtual Forum 

COVID vaccine is available for children ages 5 and up, and boosters are now authorized for those 12 years and older. Vaccines for children ages 6 months and up may be authorized next. Marin County is among the most highly vaccinated areas in the nation, but many questions and concerns remain when it comes to vaccinating our children.  

Join us this evening from 5:30PM to 6:30PM for a virtual presentation from Marin Healthcare District where local medical specialists will discuss:   

  • Why children and teens should get vaccinated  
  • Upcoming COVID vaccinations for 2–4-year-olds and how to support them during their vaccination  
  • How parents and caregivers can determine if toddlers are having side effects  
  • Booster recommendation for children under 18  
  • Vaccine requirements in schools  
  • Variants and levels of contagion  
  • Emergency Room and clinical treatment  
  • Immunocompromised children  

There will also be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. Featured speakers include:  

  • Lisa Santora, MD Deputy Health Officer, Marin Public Health   
  • Shandra Taylor, MS, CCLS Child Life Specialist   
  • Catherine Taylor, ARDMS President, “Ouchless ER” Project  

Save the Date:  

Participate by Zoom: (Meeting ID: 9771985 4261)  

Submit questions in advance to Jennifer Rienks

 

COVID-19 versus Seasonal Allergies: What’s the Difference? 

Like it or not, it’s allergy season. While those beautiful blooms may be welcomed by some, they’re a source of unwanted symptoms for others.   

But how do you know whether your onset of symptoms are seasonal allergies versus COVID-19? According to the Mayo Clinic, unlike COVID-19, seasonal allergies aren't caused by a virus. Seasonal allergies are immune system responses triggered by exposure to allergens, such as seasonal tree or grass pollens. 

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies cause many of the same signs and symptoms. However, there are some differences. It's important to pay attention to each symptom and understand whether it's typically caused by allergies. Here's an overview:

Symptom or sign 

COVID-19 

Allergy 

Cough 

Usually (dry) 

Sometimes 

Fever 

Usually 

Never 

Muscle aches 

Usually 

Never 

Tiredness 

Usually 

Sometimes 

Itchy nose, eyes, mouth or inner ear 

Never 

Usually 

Sneezing 

Rarely 

Usually 

Sore throat 

Usually 

Rarely 

Runny or stuffy nose 

Usually 

Usually 

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) 

Sometimes  

Sometimes 

Nausea or vomiting 

Sometimes 

Never 

Diarrhea 

Sometimes 

Never 

New loss of taste or smell 

Usually (early — often without a runny or stuffy nose) 

Sometimes 

 

Also, while COVID-19 can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, seasonal allergies don't usually cause these symptoms unless you have a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by pollen exposure. 

Treatment of seasonal allergies may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants, and avoidance of exposure to allergens where possible. Seasonal allergies may last several weeks.  

When in doubt, consider taking a COVID-19 test to rule out the possibility of COVID infection.

 

Vaccination Opportunities in Marin 

If you know someone who is still in need of a primary vaccination dose or booster shot, please share the list below with them! While Marin County remains one of the most highly vaccinated within the state and the nation, many eligible residents have yet to receive their booster shot. Staying up to date on our vaccines is just as important as receiving an initial series.     

Bolstering our immunity against COVID-19 is of utmost importance, especially with the continued presence of coronavirus, including the Omicron variant, in our community. Fortunately, we have access to vaccines which are a FREE and effective resource for keeping us protected.      

Upcoming vaccination clinics this week with open appointments:     

  • Northgate Mall    
    (Located in the Center Court)   
    San Rafael – April 28 & 29   

  • Albert J. Boro Community Center 
    (In Art Room) 
    San Rafael – April 26 

  • Margaret Todd Senior Center   
    (In Hill Community Room)   
    Novato – April 27 

  • West Marin Community Services 
    (Pt. Reyes Food Pantry)  
    Point Reyes – April 28 

  • Marin Community Clinics   
    (In the Breezeway)   
    San Rafael – April 28 

  • Kerner Clinic   
    San Rafael – April 30 

  • Día de los Niños @ Rocky Graham Park 
    Marin City – April 30 

Walk-ups are welcome at most vaccination providers across the county. Visit the Vaccine Finder webpage to view available clinics and schedule an appointment. Remember, vaccine recipients between the ages of 5 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a vaccination.    

If you are unable to find a COVID-19 vaccination clinic open at a time that works with your schedule, more options are available by visiting California Department of Public Health’s MyTurn COVID and flu vaccination scheduling website.  

We are grateful to everyone in our community who has done their part by getting fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible.   

 

COVID-19 Data Update: 

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

  • Data sets updated weekly (published on Fridays) include: 
  • COVID-19 vaccination rates 
  • COVID-19 cases & deaths among facility staff and residents 
  • Weekly/Cumulative count of COVID-19 deaths among Marin residents 

State COVID-19 Data 

Status updates are now published Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “Change from Last Status Update” (far right column, below) may account for 2-4 days, depending on the date of the previous publication (view past status updates). 

COVID-19 Case Data 

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Status Update 

Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases 

31,468 

+ 129 

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days) 

354 

+ 7 

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations 

+ 2  

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census 

+ 0  

 

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