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COVID-19 Status Update for 12/02/2022

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for December 2, 2022 includes:  Protecting Shelter Residents; "Triple-demic" Update; CDC Transmission Level Change; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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COVID-19 Status Update for 05/20/2022

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for May 20, 2022 includes Booster Eligibility has Broadened; Video: Hospital Partner Honored for Leadership During Pandemic; Let’s Talk about COVID-19 Testing; In Other News... Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage; 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. 

 

Booster Eligibility has Broadened 

Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been authorized for 5 to 11 year olds following reviews by the FDA, CDC, and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. Children ages 5-11 who received a primary series of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may now be given a booster at least five months after the most recent dose. Marin County public health reminds families that the protection of the first vaccine series for unvaccinated children is the highest priority. Parents and guardians of fully vaccinated children should reach out to their child’s healthcare provider to discuss the merits and optimal timing for obtaining a booster.  

Beginning Saturday, May 21, Marin County Public Health clinics will be providing boosters to children 5-11. View the full schedule on the Vaccine Finder webpage. In addition, retail pharmacies across Marin and other providers may already be offering boosters for 5–11-year-olds. Visit Vaccines.gov to search for the nearest pharmacy-based vaccine provider near you.  

 

Hospital Partner Honored for Leadership During Pandemic 

Marin County Public Health has partnered closely with Marin hospitals in all stages of our pandemic response. Dr Laura Eberhard, head of Intensive Care at Kaiser San Rafael, has been a critical partner and was recently recognized for her leadership by Kaiser Permanente. In this video Dr Eberhard shares her approach to leadership and highlights the value of collaboration between public health and healthcare in protecting our community. 

WATCH VIDEO 

 

Let’s Talk about COVID-19 Testing 

COVID-19 transmission is on the rise. Testing remains an important tool in identifying and isolating infected individuals as soon as possible in order to prevent spread to others. If you are experiencing COVID-related symptoms, get tested as soon as possible. Or, if are you a close contact of someone who is COVID positive, follow Isolation and Quarantine guidance, monitor for symptoms, and Get a COVID-19 test 5 days after your exposure. 

Where to get a test 

Our testing webpage as been updated to provide a list of all COVID-19 test providers in Marin. You can find details about types of tests offered, costs, insurance coverage, and even testing locations for people without insurance.  

Interested in receiving FREE at-home tests?     

Visit COVIDtests.gov for more information and to request up to 8 free tests per household (or call 1-800-275-8777). Looking to purchase an over-the-counter test? Visit FindACovidTest.org for online retailers. 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 remember to report your result with our self-test reporting form

Coming Next Week: Testing Location Changes 

Starting May 27, the testing site located at the Armory “Jury Duty” Parking Lot (adjacent to Marin County Civic Center) will close, moving to Larkspur Landing and expanding the operations to 7 days/week, from 9:30am to 5:00pm. You can view hours or make an appointment for any Curative testing location by visiting Curative’s website.  

 

In other news... Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage 

Over the course of the COVID-19 response, we have periodically included a non-coronavirus related update that was of local, regional or national urgency (local wildfires, heat or smoke advisories, etc.). 

Due to supply chain issues and a large product recall, the United States is facing a major shortage of infant formula. Babies need the right balance of nutrients – not too much or too little of anything – to grow and be healthy. It is important for a baby's health for parents to use products that meet federal standards to ensure the formula is safe and free of harmful bacteria. 

Marin County Public Health is recommending the following steps while the federal government works on strategies to increase production:  

  • If you are currently breastfeeding, continue if possible. We recognize this option may not be viable for everyone. If someone is partially breastfeeding, they may consider reaching out to a lactation care provider (in-person or by telehealth) to help ensure that they maintain or increase their milk supply by breastfeeding more. 

  • Talk to your child’s doctor about substituting formula brands. For most babies, if their regular brand of formula is not currently available, it is OK to substitute with a similar version. Also consult your child’s pediatrician if your baby requires a specialized formula, (therapeutic or metabolic formula for an infant with a medical condition requiring different caloric or nutrient content), before making any substitution. Your pediatrician may recommend a milk bank referral. If you have questions about which formula is acceptable, contact your child’s pediatrician or the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) family health division at (415) 473-6889 or on www.marinhhs.org

  • Avoid making your own formula at home, watering down formula to make it last longer, using expired formula, using cow, goat, or plant-based milk for formula, or giving toddler formula to infants. Doing so can reduce the amount of nutrients a baby receives and can lead to potential serious health complications. If no other options are available to feed your baby, children over six months may be eligible for whole, pasteurized, cow’s milk, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics[External]. This is not ideal and should not be done for more than one week. Talk to your pediatrician if you need to give your baby cow's milk for a week to see if this option is appropriate for your child. 

  • Apply to Marin County’s Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program. About half of all births in California are in low-income families who qualify for the WIC program, and income-eligible clients can receive a WIC card and use it to purchase a limited amount of formula at participating retail stores. WIC offices are staffed by individuals with close ties to their communities. Existing WIC clients should use their benefits for formula earlier in the month in case they run into shortages near the end of their benefit period. 

  • Find out what resources exist in the community and share those resources widely. If you see infant formula in stock when you’re shopping, make it known within your network. Contact Marin County’s Family Health Line at (415) 473-6889 or email the WIC program to learn more about their family-centered services and resources. 

 

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 

33,475 

+385 

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days) 

831 

+128 

Total Cumulative Deaths 

249 

+0*  

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations 

19  

+7 

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. 

92.9% 

+ 0.1%  

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

157,178  

+ 849 

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 

1,574 

+ 93 

Positive Patients at Facilities current  

161 

+60 

Positive Staff at Facilities current 

75 

 +23 

Facility Patient Deaths 

159 

+ 0 

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths 

63.9% 

 +0.0% 

 

State COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Status Update 

California Confirmed Cases 

8,797,890 

+ 90,563 

California Deaths 

90,382 

+ 265 

 

Resource Link Library 

What to do if...  

You’ve tested Positive | You’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 
 

Online Resources 

Vaccine locations | Booster Information | Free COVID-19 testing |  

Marin COVID-19 Data | State COVID-19 Data | State Race & Ethnicity Data   

State Variant Data | CDC Community Transmission Data 

 
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