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COVID-19 Status Update for 11/25/2020

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for November 25 includes tips for recreating responsibly in the great outdoors during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend; a new statewide loan program for small businesses recovering form the… Read More

COVID-19 Status Update for 06/30/2020

The status update for June 30, 2020, includes updated COVID-19 activity, July 4th ideas and fire safety, a facial covering reminder and our updated status update publishing schedule.

COVID-19 Data Update:

Below is a summary of today’s data now available on Marin Data & Surveillance webpage. View the page to review a broader range of data, plus interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender, race and city/town/geographic region.  Questions about the data? See our Data FAQ or contact us.

COVID-19 activity in Marin:

Marin Confirmed Cases**

1,207

Marin Cases Recovered

820

Marin Deaths

18

Marin Current Hospitalizations

23

Marin Cumulative Hospitalizations**

61

Tests Completed in Marin:

30,987

Residential Care and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity:

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

39

Positive Patients at Facilities current

5

Positive Staff at Facilities cumulative    

61

Positive Staff at Facilities current

13

Facilities with current positive Patients/Staff

5

San Quentin State Prison COVID-19 activity:

San Quentin Active Cases**

1,082

** Yesterdays San Quentin numbers were transposed and were reported as 1,105 cases, when they were actually at 1,015. San Quentin cases and hospitalizations are not included in Marin’s cumulative counts for cases or hospitalizations [HEAR WHY]. However, Marin Public Health is closely monitoring the San Quentin situation and is in frequent contact with CDCR and San Quentin officials to support the COVID-19 outbreak affecting both prison inmates and staff.  We report San Quentin total cases as reported by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. (To view data, visit CDCR’s COVID-19 Tracing Dashboard, and then select “Institution View” tab at the bottom and filter to “CA State Prison, San Quentin in the upper right-hand corner.)

State COVID-19 activity:

California Confirmed Cases

225,797

California Deaths

6,001

 

July 4th ideas during COVID-19 and message about fire safety

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming holiday weekend, Marin County Public Health reminds residents there are ways to enjoy the holiday weekend safely. Get creative and have fun this Independence Day! If you need some suggestions, here's a list of safe and fun activities for you and your family to consider:

  • Go camping in your own backyard: Set up a tent and enjoy a night under the stars 
  • Have a dance off: Light the night with glow sticks and dance to your favorite tunes 
  • Pack a picnic and visit a local park: Remember to follow all posted signage
  • Make a festive snack or craft: Enjoy a patriotic DIY project with the kids 
  • Watch a movie under the stars: Check YouTube to learn how to make a projector using your smart phone
  • Create a waterpark at home: Set up sprinklers and a splash pool filled with water balloons
  • Plan an online watch party: Enjoy a patriotic fireworks show online
  • Have a sports-a-thon: Plan a friendly competition with members of your household
  • Fly a kite: Add to the fun and build your own kite 
  • Go for a bike ride: Enjoy a bike ride around your neighborhood or local park

The Marin County Fire Department, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and rangers from Marin County Parks are joining first responders from local agencies to prepare for a summer coming-out party that could include violations of social distancing, increased risks for wildfires because of illegal fireworks, lapses in water safety, and other dangerous behavior.

 

Even if temperatures are not high, beaches and pools are expected to be popular gathering spots during the holiday weekend. Parents need to make sure kids are water safe around all bodies of water, from the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco Bay to wading pools. Adults need to avoid distractions as they keep an eye on youngsters, including an overindulgence in alcoholic beverages. Drowning continues to be a leading cause of injury and death for children ages 1-4. Wearing life jackets and having other floatation devices handy is a must.

 

When it comes to fireworks, it should be easy to remember: All forms of fireworks are illegal in Marin. The fireworks ordinance will be enforced to reduce fire risk, protect natural resources and – most importantly – to preserve personal safety.

 

Despite the high wildfire danger during the summer, some revelers ignore the risks of using fireworks. Among the devastating results are skin burns, severe injuries to eyes, ears and extremities, structure fires, wildland fires and even death. Thousands of people nationwide, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks every Fourth of July.

 

Marin was lucky last year on the Independence Day: There were no major emergency calls related to fireworks in unincorporated Marin and no wildfires sparked by them. Occasionally the people using fireworks locally are Marin residents, but often they are visitors who don’t know about the local ordinance prohibiting fireworks. The Sheriff’s Office plans to have extra deputies on duty for enforcement over the holiday.

 

Reminder: Wear a face covering in public

Under the authority of the California Emergency Services Act, Governor Newsom issued a mandate that everyone must wear a mask when in public settings. 

Face coverings are required for everyone over 2 years old when:

  • at indoor AND outdoor businesses – whether as an employee or a customer
  • waiting in line to enter a store
  • waiting for and using public transit
  • when in a taxi or rideshare
  • when seeking healthcare; or visiting a hospital, medical clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, dental office, veterinary clinic or blood bank
  • walking outside and within 6 feet of others (about the length of a mattress)

The only exceptions are for people for whom a face covering may not be safe (for example, children 2 and under, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance).

You can remove your mask to address basic biological necessities like eating and drinking, or if you are suddenly short of breath and feel a need for more air. You should replace your mask as soon as possible if you have to remove it. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer both before and after handling your face covering.

You do not need to wear a face covering while you are exercising outdoors by yourself, but you must keep one with you at all times to put on when you see someone approaching and ensure your nose and mouth are securely covered by the time you get within six feet of them. 

Face coverings are not required when you are alone or exclusively with members of your household.

Face coverings should cover your nose and mouth, and can be improvised from bandanas, t-shirts, or other cloth around your home.  Do not use masks with a vent or valve. These valves allow respiratory droplets out of the mask, which puts people nearby at risk. Do not use N-95s and medical grade masks, which are needed for health care workers and first responders.

Covering your face with cloth reduces the chance that you will unknowingly infect someone else if you are carrying COVID-19 but have no symptoms. Face coverings are not a substitute for staying home except for allowed activities, keeping six feet away from others when out, and washing your hands often with soap and water.

 

Status Updates adjust to weekdays only; data still available

To streamline our response and maintain staffing for the long-term response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are adjusting the Daily Status publishing schedule to Monday – Friday only (no written updates on weekends). By providing status updates on the weekdays, and keeping data updated on the weekends, we will continue to provide the information pertinent to the COVID-19 pandemic and our response.

Data from our epidemiology team will still be uploaded to the surveillance website on non-holiday weekends and weekdays. During the Fourth of July weekend (July 3 through July 5), the COVID-19 homepage will be updated with current data, but the surveillance website will not.

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).

 

 

Message for our social media followers:

If you typically access our Status Updates via social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter or Nextdoor), you will find that we have retired our blue statistics graphic. Why?  Two reasons:

  1. Infographics of that nature are difficult to access by individuals with visual disabilities (e.g., people who rely on screen readers to browse the internet);
  2. The graphic was originally meant to highlight some of our high-level statistics. However, the broad range of data supplied in our daily status updates and on our data surveillance page has grown to surpass what could be displayed in one simple graphic.

We want our readers to be able to review the daily data all at once (and not base assumptions on just those few that were highlighted on the graphic).Therefore, we’re providing you a simple graphic that links directly to the data and full report. While we’ve reorganized the way in which the data is displayed in the daily Status Update, rest assured that all the same data points are still included.  And, remember that you can access even more data at coronavirus.marinhhs.org/surveillance.