COVID-19 Testing Site Open in Novato June 12, 2020
Residents in the Novato area will have a new opportunity to get a COVID-19 test locally as Marin County Public Health and its partner Carbon Health are offering a pop-up testing location June 12 at Hamilton School.
Specimen samples are taken from the patient’s nose or throat, with results in 3-5 days. Patients should expect a light clinical evaluation after checking in and before their test. Testing is confidential and by appointment only. Online appointments are available now.
Marin County Public Health has called on all businesses and employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic – especially where workers have frequent contact with the public – to utilize free COVID-19 testing options. While an increase of confirmed cases is a natural byproduct of increased testing, the test results and contact tracing data have revealed spikes of cases among people who work in public service jobs, such as grocery stores, construction sites, gas stations, food service and restaurants, school services, and landscaping.
Marin County Public Health and its partners are aggressively adding testing options because even people without symptoms can have COVID-19 and infect others. Carbon Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic will be visiting various locations around the Bay Area, with a stop planned for Southern Marin in late June.
New Guidelines Allow Indoor Retail, Home Cleaning
Indoor retail sales, including at auto dealerships, and personal cleaning services are allowed to proceed starting June 12 under the newest Marin County Public Health guidelines as long as certain restrictions are in place to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Taking a cautious approach to reopening the local economy, Marin County is continuing its efforts to move deeper into Phase 2 of reopenings under its shelter-in-place order. The reopening of indoor retail follows the June 5 green light for outdoor faith-based and cultural ceremonies, charter boats, dog parks, swimming pools, and a wider range of outdoor recreational businesses to proceed.
Indoor retail will be allowed if proprietors and store managers strictly limit patron assembly inside businesses and take all recommended public health precautions. This includes limiting occupancy to 50% capacity or less, upholding physical distancing and facial covering requirements, installing protective screens where maintaining 6 feet of distance is not possible, among other requirements Previously, the only indoor retail businesses allowed to operate were those deemed essential business (such as grocery stores) or those conducting an essential governmental function.
Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, will be allowed to operate with limitations and conditions. Some examples of the limitations and conditions include:
- Cleaning of residential properties must take place when the resident is not home;
- Commercial properties cannot have a tenant or member of the public present in the immediate office or space during cleaning, and;
- Cleaning and janitorial services shall follow all applicable state and federal guidelines, including the COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Limited Servicessafer cleaning methods set forth by the California Department of Public Health.
Further guidance for indoor cleaning services will be posted on MarinRecovers.com on Friday, June 12.
Read the full news release to find out more about the new guidelines for indoor retail and home cleaning services.
Looking for more data?
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.
Visit our indicators for Assessing Progress webpage to learn more about the data 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.
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).