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COVID-19 Status Update for 10/27/2020

The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for October 27 includes news of Marin’s clearance to move from “red” status to “orange” status on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy; A video update from Dr. Matt… Read More

COVID-19 Status Update for 07/03/2020

The status update for July 3, 2020, includes updated COVID-19 activity, Marin County being placed on Governor’s “Watch List”, status update publishing schedule, July 4th ideas and fire safety and a facial covering reminder.

Marin County COVID-19 status update: July 3, 2020

COVID-19 Data Update:

Data for July 3rd, 4th and 5th will only include the below listed information due to the holiday weekend.

COVID-19 activity in Marin:

Marin Confirmed Cases**

1,366

Marin Cases Recovered

955

Marin Cumulative Hospitalizations**

70

Tests Completed in Marin:

31,658

Residential Care and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity:

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

53

Positive Patients at Facilities current

18

Positive Staff at Facilities cumulative    

91

Positive Staff at Facilities current

38

Facilities with current positive Patients/Staff

12

Marin County Placed on Governor’s Watch List

Governor Gavin Newson has announced that Marin County was added to the list of California counties that are being closely monitored for increased COVID-19 activity.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has created a watch list of counties where the COVID-19 situation has changed significantly over recent days such as a spike in confirmed cases, hospitalizations, outbreaks in congregate settings, or an increase in community transmission in workplaces. The watch list is based on COVID-19 data and triggers a CDPH review of open business sectors and current COVID containment strategies, among other factors.

“Now is the time for us to buckle down and be vigilant about adhering to key aspects of the shelter-in-place order,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, Marin County Deputy Public Health Officer. “Wearing facial coverings, adhering to social bubble guidelines, and practicing social distancing are among those aspects. We’ve made gradual steps forward, and without our continued vigilance we will be forced to shut down portions of our economy again.”

Newsom and CDPH directed counties that are on the watch list for three consecutive days or more to close some indoor operations such as indoor dining, where mixing of populations beyond households is occurring. If Marin county remains on the watch list through Saturday, July 4, indoor dining could be required to close as early as Sunday, July 5.

“That’s why we need everyone’s help,” Santora said. “The best defense we have in preventing these closures and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community is to promote personal protective measures. Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe and our economy open for business.”

 

Marin County Public Health is emphasizing the following measures:

Face coverings are mandatory: Whether as an employee or a customer, face coverings are required to be worn at both indoor and outdoor businesses. Face coverings can be as simple as a bandana but MUST cover both the nose and mouth.

Physical distancing in businesses is mandatory: Just sitting six feet apart from someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes is considered a close enough contact to warrant self-quarantine and testing. It’s crucial that business patrons and employees continue to practice physical distancing as much as possible.

Continue to follow public health guidelines: Old habits are hard to break, but it’s crucial that every business is implementing public health guidelines for the safety of the entire community. Be sure to notify Marin County Public Health immediately of any confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in your workplace.

Status Updates Now Monday-Friday; Data Still Available on Weekends

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.

Holiday Closures and Service Adjustments

During the Independence Day holiday weekend, some of our services will be temporarily unavailable.  This includes:

  • Call Center (415-473-7191): closed, Friday, July 3 and will reopen Monday, July 6.
  • Data & Surveillance webpage: Will not be updated July 3-5, but will resume updates Monday, July 6. The dashboard on our homepage (which provides a snapshot of data) will continue to be updated over the weekend.

Health Officers: Stay Home, Stay Safe from COVID-19 on Fourth of July

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in many Bay Area neighborhoods, health officials across the region urge residents to protect themselves and the community by celebrating from home this holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for firework displays, cookouts and parades, but this year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many communities to cancel public events. Gatherings with others from outside your household, such as members of the extended family, are potentially risky.

Health officers from across the greater Bay Area, speaking in unison as the Association of Bay Area Health Officials, say staying home this year is a healthy choice.

“We know people have an urge to get outside and gather among friends, especially on Independence Day,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, Deputy Public Health Officer for Marin. “But the more we come together in groups, the more COVID-19 spreads in the community.”

You can spread COVID-19 even if you don’t feel that sick. You can pass the disease to someone else before you have symptoms, and even if you never develop any symptoms at all. When people who have contracted the infection come in contact with high-risk people, there can be deadly consequences.

That is why Bay Area health officers recommend people who are not members of the same household remain physically distant. The best ways to protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Continuing to stay home as much as possible
  • Practicing physical distancing outside the home
  • Wearing face coverings or masks when outside your home
  • Avoiding gatherings with people outside your immediate household
  • Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Staying home from work or school if you feel sick

“Just because you can does not mean it is safe or that you should rush to do it,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We encourage everyone to be creative and find safe ways to celebrate Independence Day in a safe way.”

Marin County Public Health recommends some of the following ideas for families to have a safe and fun holiday weekend:

  • Attend the Virtual Marin County Fair, July 1-5: Watch music, dance and acrobatic performances; share your art and favorite fair memories; and watch a virtual firework show at 9pm on July 4. (Schedule) (Watch Performances)
  • 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

Reminder: Face Coverings are Mandatory in Marin

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

Learn how wear face coverings properly, how to make your own, and answers to your face covering questions at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/masks

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.