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COVID-19 Status Update for 08/09/2022

Update for August 9, 2022 includes: COVID-19 Community Level: Downgrading to Medium; Marin County now offering Novavax Vaccine; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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COVID-19 Status Update for 05/13/2022

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for May 13, 2022 includes: Video: Indoor Masking Recommendation Explained; Bay Area Health Officers Urge Public to Take Precautions as COVID-19 Levels Rise; COVID-19 Surge in Marin Fueled by BA.2 Variant; Website Server Maintenance; Think Positive, Test Negative; and updated local COVID-19 data. 

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published two 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.

 

Video: Indoor Masking Recommendation Explained 

Dr. Willis provides guidance for residents making decisions about face covering as cases surge. He explains the “why now?” behind today’s Bay Area-wide recommendation to resume mask use in indoor public settings, and how this signals a shift in the policy approach to pandemic control. 
 

Watch on YouTube 

 

Bay Area Health Officers Urge Public to Take Precautions as COVID-19 Levels Rise 

 
This statement has been endorsed by health officers from the counties of Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma as well as the City of Berkeley. 

Twelve Bay Area health officers are emphasizing the importance of taking safety precautions, including continued masking indoors, as the region experiences a new swell of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

The Bay Area now has California’s highest COVID-19 infection rates, fueled by highly contagious Omicron subvariants. Bay Area counties are seeing increases in reported cases, levels of virus in wastewater, and hospitalizations. Actual case rates are higher than those reported because of widespread use of home tests. 

The health officers reiterate their continued, strong support for people to mask up indoors, keep tests handy, and ensure they are up to date on vaccinations by getting boosters when eligible. 

"As cases rise around us, it’s important to understand that more people around you are likely infected or have been exposed,” said Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. “Masks are an easy tool you can use to protect yourself and lower your risk of infection.” 

The grim milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19[External] in the United States, reached earlier this week, underscores the need for continued vigilance against the virus. 

Continue reading the full news release 

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COVID-19 Surge in Marin Fueled by BA.2 Variant 

Marin County is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious Omicron BA.2 variant. Since the first week of April, when BA.2 became the dominant strain in Marin, case rates have tripled. As with prior surges, this has led to outbreaks in schools, long term care facilities and correctional institutions. Virus levels in wastewater confirm COVID-19 activity is increasing across the county. 

Marin County Public Health attributes the current surge to two main factors—the characteristics of the newly emerging Omicron variants and the behavior of the community. 

“Each variant is different,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We’re learning in real time about this new strain, and what it does and doesn’t do. It’s very good at infecting people, including those who are vaccinated. But it’s not sending vaccinated people to the hospital.” 

Continue reading the full news release

 

Website Server Maintenance 

Our website server will undergo a series of routine maintenance this weekend. These are scheduled during times when our sites for Marin Health and Human Services , the Marin County COVID-19 webpage, and Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, receive the least amount of online traffic. While changes are in the process of implementation for each site, they will be temporarily inaccessible until the maintenance tasks are completed.  

The scheduled times for each maintenance are below: 

May 13, 2022, 9:00 PM - May 14, 2022, 4:00 AM 

May 14, 2022, 9:00 PM - May 15, 2022, 4:00 AM 

May 15, 2022, 9:00 PM - May 16, 2022, 4:00 AM 

 

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.  

More information about FREE COVID-19 testing, as well as information on when to get tested, how to schedule an appointment, types of tests, and what you should do while awaiting your test results, can be found at Coronavirus.MarinHHS.org/testing. Result turnaround times of most testing sites are within 48 hours.           

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

 

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 Tuesdays 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 

32,707 

+ 262 

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days) 

636 

+ 62 

Total Cumulative Deaths 

249 

+ 1*  

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations 

11 

- 1 

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census 

1  

+ 1 

* Change from last Friday. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Data  

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Week 

Percent of Marin residents age 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose 

98.0%  

+ 0.0% 

Percent of Marin population age 5+ who have completed vaccine series. 

92.8% 

+ 0.2%  

Marin residents age 5+ who have received a Booster/3rd Dose 

156,329 

+ 677 

Percent of entire Marin population that is “fully immunized” (14+ days post final dose)* 

89% * 

+ 0%  

* Note that this percentage is out of all Marin residents including children younger than 5. 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Week 

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative 

1,481 

+ 73 

Positive Patients at Facilities current  

101 

+53 

Positive Staff at Facilities current 

52 

 +20 

Facility Patient Deaths 

159 

+ 0 

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths 

63.9% 

 -0.2% 

 

State COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Week 

California Confirmed Cases 

8,707,327 

+ 52,907 

California Deaths 

90,117 

+ 266 

 

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