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Public Health Status Update for 12/08/2023

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COVID-19 Status Update for 05/05/2023

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for May 05, 2023 includes Local, Federal and Global Pandemic Landmarks Reached; Xylazine (“Tranq”) Detected in Marin Wastewater; and COVID-19 Data Update.

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published weekly and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. We remain here for you.

Local, Federal and Global Pandemic Landmarks Reached

Today is a historic day in our long fight against COVID-19 as a community. Today the World Health Organization declared the End of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Also today, for the first time in 2023, Marin COVID Level transitioned from Medium to Low based on declining hospitalizations and virus levels in wastewater. Next Thursday, May 11, the Federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) Declaration will end.  

Today’s World Health Organization statement accurately summarizes what these changes mean for us; “COVID-19 is now an established and ongoing health issue which no longer constitutes a public health emergency.” We are in between a pandemic state of emergency and an endemic state of predictability. While we celebrate our progress, it’s important to remember, virus transmission is still active in Marin and COVID-19 remains a leading cause of infectious disease hospitalization. High-risk individuals should stay up-to-date with vaccinations and seek prompt treatment if infected.

Xylazine (“Tranq”) Detected in Marin Wastewater

Last week, Marin County Public Health issued a Public Health Advisory to local clinicians after xylazine, a potent tranquilizer, was detected in Marin County wastewater. Wastewater has emerged as a valuable tool for measuring virus levels and detecting substances of concern. Xylazine is causing an increase in overdose events nationally. While no xylazine overdoses have been reported within Marin, early detection in wastewater allowed for timely response to protect those at risk. OD Free Marin has developed Xylazine FAQs for our community.

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.

COVID-19 Hospitalization Data

     Today’s Report                

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations


Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census



Actively Circulating Variants                         



Settings Experiencing Outbreaks

Today’s Report

Long-Term Care and Congregate Living Facilities 


Schools   0


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