Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for April 27, 2022: Marin Ranked Healthiest County in State; State Launches WhatsApp Chatbots to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation; Think Positive, Test Negative; 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.
Marin Ranked Healthiest County in State
Marin has been ranked the healthiest of California’s 58 counties because of its high scores in quality of life, clinical care, and social and economic factors, according to the 2022 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps released April 27.
The rankings, released annually by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, allows counties across the nation to measure community health and well-being over time. Marin has been ranked No. 1 for 12 of the 13 years the rankings have been compiled.
The rankings place greatest weight on longevity, or life expectancy. The average Marin resident can expect to live 85.2 years, among the longest in the state and nation. The report highlights specific factors that support health and longevity at a community level. Marin ranks highly in almost all areas including access to high-quality health care, clear air, water, green space and healthy foods.
State Launches WhatsApp Chatbots to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation
Last week, The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) unveiled new Spanish- and English-language WhatsApp chatbot tools to offer reliable information about COVID-19 to Californians, especially those in the Latino community. Thanks to a partnership with Meta, California is the first state in the country to launch a tool of this kind.
When using this service, Spanish- and English-speakers will receive up-to-date information about the safety of vaccines, how to book vaccination appointments, and how to obtain digital records of vaccinations. WhatsApp is a popular communication channel among Hispanics, both in California and abroad.
The chatbot is free to all and can be accessed by scanning a QR code (below) or texting "hola" to 833-422-1090. Once the chatbot is active, a menu of options appears onscreen, allowing users to select the COVID-19 information most pertinent to them. This includes local vaccination sites, transportation options for getting to the site, and other frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Learn more by reading CDPH’s news release.
Think Positive, Test Negative
Testing is an essential tool to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community. If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, get tested as soon as possible. Or, if are you a close contact of someone who is COVID positive, follow our Isolation and Quarantine guidance and Get a COVID-19 test 5 days after your exposure.
FREE COVID-19 testing is offered from healthcare providers and in other community locations through partnership with Optum Serve and Curative. Click the links below to check appointment availability or visit our Testing webpage to find additional testing options.
Optum Serve / LHI
Appointments required. Call (888) 634-1123 or book online.
Marin Health and Wellness Campus / Kerner
3260 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael
(open Tuesday – Saturday, 7am to 3pm)
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Parking Lot
101 Donahue Street, Marin City
(open Fridays, 11am to 7pm)
West America Bank Parking Lot
1177 E. Francisco Blvd, San Rafael
(open Tuesday – Thursday & Saturday, 11am to 7pm)
Appointments are preferred and walk-up registration is available at all sites. Appointments are released at least 4 days in advance. Click on a location name below to book an appointment or call (888) 702-9042.
Visit their website for more locations outside of Marin.
Armory "Jury Duty" Parking Lot
Armory Drive, near the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael
(open 7 days/wk, 8:00am to 3:30pm)
- Standard PCR tests available for all ages; no insurance required.
- Rapid PCR tests by appointment only for people ages 5+; insurance required.
Downtown parking lot #2 (testing van)
50-98 Humboldt Ave, Sausalito
(open Wednesdays, 10am to 4pm)
Fairfax Market (testing van)
2040 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax
(open Fridays, 10am to 4pm)
Larkspur Ferry Terminal (walk-up kiosk)
101 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur
(open Sunday - Thursday, 9:30am to 5pm)
Marin Health and Wellness Campus (testing van)
3260 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael
(open Mondays, 10am to 4pm)
Novato Gymnastics Center Parking Lot
950 7th St, Novato
(open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30am to 6pm)
Piper Park (testing van)
250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur
(open Thursdays, 10am to 4pm)
San Rafael Community Center (testing van)
618 B Street, San Rafael
(open Tuesdays, 8am to 2pm)
Interested in receiving FREE at-home tests?
Visit COVIDtests.gov for more information and to request up to 8 free tests per household. Looking to purchase an over-the-counter test? Visit FindACovidTest.org for online retailers.
Can’t Get a Test?
If you are symptomatic and cannot obtain a test or testing appointment, treat your symptoms as COVID-19 and isolate. If you’ve tested positive with an at-home test, there is no need to confirm the result with a PCR test. Treat a positive as a positive, regardless of the type of test used, and be sure to report your result with our self-test reporting form.
More information, as well as information on when to get tested, types of tests, and what you should do while awaiting your test results, can be found at Coronavirus.MarinHHS.org/testing. Current result turnaround times of most testing sites are now within 48 hours.
COVID-19 Data Update:
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
Change from Last Status Update
Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases
“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days)
Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census
What to do if:
Helpful Links and Online Resources
- Marin County Coronavirus Information
- Marin Vaccination Data
- California COVID-19 Data and Tools
- California COVID-19 Race & Ethnicity Data
- Tracking Variants across California
- Text "MARIN COVID" to 468311 to receive text message notifications
- Subscribe online to receive email notifications
- Archive of past status updates