The status update for May 11th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about assessing mental health and a video update from Dr. Willis.
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Visit our Data & Surveillance webpage to view interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender, race 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.
Assessing Mental Health During COVID-19
Mental health and the importance of reaching out and supporting one another is particularly important during this challenging public health emergency. The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has noted a spike in calls to its crisis hotline and to its specialists in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division (BHRS) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marin is nearing the two-month mark on its stay-at-home health order, which is in place through the end of May to maintain progress slowing the spread of COVID-19. Coincidentally, May is national Mental Health Month, which will be noted during the Marin County Board of Supervisors meeting on May 19.
In the United States, one out of five adults has a mental illness and one out of 25 has a severe mental illness. The lifespan of an individual with serious mental illness is likely to be 20-28 years shorter than the general population because of underlying health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease – risk factors linked to negative COVID19 outcomes. During Mental Health Month, communities across the country are raising awareness about the importance of caring for behavioral health alongside physical health.
Marin BHRS is always open. Any resident experiencing a mental health or substance use issue, can call the 24-hour, confidential Access Line at 1-888-818-1115. BHRS provides outpatient, residential, crisis services, and hospital care addressing specialty mental health and substance use service needs of Marin Medi-Cal beneficiaries and uninsured residents.
Read the full news release to find out more about Mental Health during COVID-19.
A video update from your Public Health Officer
Dr. Willis addresses a common question: Why are we not moving more quickly and in line with the State of California?