The status update for April 27th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about the upcoming extension and revision to the current Shelter-in-Place Order, our next community conversation and a video update from Dr. Santora.
COVID-19 activity in Marin:
|Marin Confirmed Cases:||224|
|Marin Persons Tested:||3,334|
|Marin Cases Recovered:||168|
|Marin Hospitalizations cumulative:||43|
|Marin Hospitalizations currently:||3|
|California Confirmed Cases:||44,949|
Residential Care and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity
|Positive Patients at Facilities:||22|
|Positive Staff at Facilities:||25|
|Facilities with positive Patients/Staff:||10|
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.
Upcoming extension and revisions to the current Shelter-in-Place Orders
Later this week, the Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley will issue revised shelter-in-place orders that largely keep the current restrictions in place and extend them through May. The new order will include limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities.
The shelter-in-place orders in effect across the seven jurisdictions are set to expire on May 3, 2020. Thanks to the collective effort and sacrifice of the 7 million residents across our jurisdictions, we have made substantial progress in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, ensuring our local hospitals are not overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases, and saving lives. At this stage of the pandemic, however, it is critical that our collective efforts continue so that we do not lose the progress we have achieved together. Hospitalizations have leveled, but more work is needed to safely re-open our communities. Prematurely lifting restrictions could easily lead to a large surge in cases.
The Health Officers will also release a set of broad indicators that will be used to track progress in preparedness and response to COVID-19, in alignment with the framework being used by the State of California. Future easing of restrictions requires that each jurisdiction and various sectors continue to rapidly build critical infrastructure and systems to respond to and control the spread of coronavirus infections and to ensure the health care system’s ability to meet demand.
This global pandemic of COVID-19 is still in its early stages. The virus spreads easily, testing capacity is limited and expanding slowly, and vaccine development is just beginning. We expect to be responding to COVID-19 in our communities for a long time. As effective as our efforts have been, if we move too fast to ease restrictions, the potential of exponential spread could have grave impacts to health and wellness of our residents as well as the economy.
The Health Officers of these seven jurisdictions have been working closely together in leading a unified, regional approach, to protect the health and safety of our residents. Details regarding this next phase will be shared later in the week, along with the updated order.
Community Conversation: Caring for our Vulnerable Populations
While COVID-19 has affected individuals of all ages, genders and races, the virus has been of utmost concern for our more vulnerable communities: seniors, individuals experiencing homelessness, people of color and low-income households. How are these vulnerable groups fairing during the COVID-19 pandemic? And what resources are in place to support these groups as the effects of COVID-19 continue?
Join us for a community conversation as Marin’s top public health experts answer your questions about this important topic.
WHAT: Community Conversation about Caring for our Vulnerable Populations
WHEN: NEW DATE - Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM.
- Benita McLarin, FACHE, Director of Marin County’s Health and Human Services Department
- Lisa Santora, M.D., Deputy Public Health Officer, County of Marin
Links for the live event will be shared in future status updates and you can find out more about the community conversation by visiting this website.
A video update from your Deputy Public Health Officer
Dr. Santora speaks about a jump in cases over the weekend and the upcoming extension and revision of the current Shelter-in-Place Order.
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).