The status update for May 20th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, information about additional funding from MarinHealth for community based COVID-19 projects and a video update from Public Health.
|Marin Confirmed Cases:||343|
|Marin Persons Tested:||9,889|
|Marin Cases Recovered:||238|
|Marin Hospitalizations cumulative:||50|
|Marin Hospitalizations currently:||4|
|California Confirmed Cases:||83,988|
|Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative:||34|
|Positive Patients at Facilities current:||2|
|Positive Staff at Facilities cumulative:||36|
|Positive Staff at Facilities current:||5|
|Facilities with positive Patients/Staff:||6|
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.
We’ve launched Marin County Indicators for Assessing Progress on Containing COVID-19. This webpage provides data related to indicators that are being tracked by Health Officers across the Bay Area to measure progress in containing COVID-19 and assess to what extent we can continue to loosen the shelter in place order. View a recent explanation of the dashboard from Dr. Matt Willis.
Marin Healthcare District to Fund Five COVID-19 Community-Based Projects
$942,000 Awarded to Marin Health and Human Services & MarinHealth
Marin Healthcare District announced it has awarded $942,000 to Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and MarinHealth for five special COVID-19 community-based projects. Following a presentation by Dr. Brian Su, Chair of the Marin Healthcare District COVID-19 Task Force at a meeting on May 12, the Marin Healthcare District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the following proposed projects:
Housing for COVID-19 Positive Patients and High-Risk Staff
Marin HHS conducts contact evaluation by telephone and then isolates people who cannot self-isolate. The isolation occurs through housing in hotels, summer camps, and dormitories. Part of this grant will pay to house the healthcare workers who are COVID-19 positive and other persons under investigation (PUIs) as potential carriers of the virus.
Part of this project funding will also go to help to fund people who have additional risk because of their jobs but are not COVID-19 positive, simply because they live in congregate housing. This is especially problematic for healthcare workers who work in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and then return home to crowded living environments with no ability to isolate.
Mobile Testing at Hotspot Locations
COVID-19 transmission frequently occurs within households and between community members who live in close proximity. Outbreaks in neighborhoods require rapid onsite response. A mobile unit to travel to “hot spots’ where surveillance data shows clusters of cases offers the chance to intervene early and interrupt chains of transmission. The mobile unit can also test the area’s homeless population. Registering patients and following up with those who have positive results and require subsequent medical treatment would be done through health centers and follow-up phone calls.
Mobile Testing Center for Skilled Nursing Facilities
In partnership with Marin HHS, the SNF mobile testing unit will be set into permanency work already being done by MarinHealth. For an entire year, this full-time mobile testing unit will travel to each facility and regularly test all residents and staff at the 10 SNFs, 50 residential care facilities for the elderly, and 2 behavioral health facilities in Marin. In every SNF outbreak, COVID-19 was brought in from the outside by a staff member at the facility. As such, staff will be tested every two weeks. The largest outbreak contained so far by the unit included 80% of residents and staff at one location testing positive for COVID-19. To date, the mobile testing unit has tested 291 people and have found 33 positive patients, some of whom were symptomatic staff.
Read the full news release to see what other projects were approved.
Make sure to take a look at the MarinRecovers.com to see our phased recovery guidance and learn more about the steps we are taking toward reopening safely.
We are also seeking public feedback. A public comment form allows individuals to provide feedback to advisory groups who are leading the campaign. Group members will work within that industry to educate the community, updating content on MarinRecovers.com and successfully implementing the plans.
A video update from your Epidemiology Team
Dr. Willis introduces Jasmine Soriano of the Health and Human Services Epidemiology Team to speak about the difference between the COVID-19 test date and report date and what percent positivity can tell us.
Where to get the latest information:
- Coronavirus in Marin website (MarinHHS.org/coronavirus)
- Phased Recovery (MarinRecovers.com)
- Surveillance & Data
- COVID-19 testing information
- 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 email or by calling (415) 473-7191 (Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 12-noon and 1pm to 5pm).