The status update for May 21st, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, food relief information during COVID-19, information about cyber security practices during COVID-19 and MarinRecovers.com information.
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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.
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.
Additional Food Relief Available During COVID-19
Applications for food assistance benefits from the State of California’s CalFresh program have increased 343% from last year in Marin County, and the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is encouraging even more residents to sign up.
CalFresh, which replaced food stamps, is for people from relatively low-income households who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.
The rapid rise in CalFresh registration is directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic hardship experienced by lower-income residents, said Marin HHS Assistant Director Kari Beuerman. HHS Public Assistance approved 1,187 CalFresh applications (out of 1,655 submitted) in April 2020 compared with 268 in April 2019.
There are several ways to connect with HHS staff and apply for CalFresh:
- Apply at GetCalFresh.org
- Call 1-877-410-8817 to apply over the phone
- Pick up a paper application outside HHS offices:
- 120 N. Redwood Drive, San Rafael
- 3240 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael
- 1 6th Street, Point Reyes Station
The CalFresh application process includes:
- Completing an application
- Providing proof of income and expenses, if needed
- Completing an interview
- Waiting for HHS to determine the applicant’s eligibility in 30 days.
Read the full news release to find learn more about the food relief program.
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.
Vigilance Needed to Fend Off COVID-19 Scammers
In this time of sheltering and isolation, more older adults are learning how to use technology and are vulnerable to deceiving offers. The County of Marin’s Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) is reminding older adults to be vigilant against scammers and learn more about cybersecurity practices.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed and limited the way individuals connect with family, friends, and service providers. Vulnerable and isolated adults may be contacted and offered fake testing kits or COVID-19 treatments in order for scammers to gain access to personal and financial information.
The FAST team is a coalition of specialists from the Public Guardian, Adult Protective Services, the Ombudsman’s Office – all sectors of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – along with partners from the District Attorney’s Office, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agencies, Legal Aid of Marin, and volunteers from the community.
FAST has experts in real estate, law, financial planning, taxation, accounting, investments, and annuities who know how to spot scams. They all share a common goal: to educate, prevent, and fight against the financial abuse of older and vulnerable adults.
Cybersecurity best practices can be found at StaySafeOnline.org, a site offered by the National Cybersecurity Alliance.
Individuals who wish to report abuse or consult on matters related to scams and financial abuse should contact Adult Protective Services at (415) 473-2774. The District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit can be reached at (415) 473-6495.
Read the full news release to find out more about how you can protect yourself from deceiving offers.
Archive of Video Updates
You can review our archive of past video updates on the Marin COVID-19 Response video playlist.
Marin Public Health has curated a collection of more than 85 informational videos and recent topics include how COVID-19 infection spreads, an update from our epidemiology team, contact tracing information, mental health tips, and more.
Unfortunately, Dr. Willis or Dr. Santora were unable to film a video update today.
Where to get the latest information:
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).