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COVID-19 Status Update for 07/12/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for July 12 includes What is Genomic Sequencing?; Updated Dashboards Now Available; State Releases New K-12 School Guidance; Choices Abound for Free Vaccinations and updated local COVID-19 data. 

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published weekdays 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.  

What is Genomic Sequencing?    

You asked, and our team is here with an overview answer! One of our epidemiologists, Tracy Lam-Hine, provides a high level overview of how Marin County Public Health uses Whole Genome Sequencing to track variants in Marin County, while we identify and respond to outbreaks in our community.  

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Updated Dashboards Now Available 

Data and science are primary drivers of Marin County’s COVID-19 response.  As the response evolves over time, we are continually adapting our data keeping strategies to ensure we’re leveraging the most accurate and relevant data available to us.  

This week, we are introducing a NEW dashboard dedicated to tracking variants in Marin County.  Approximately half of all COVID-19 cases in Marin are analyzed for the presence of variants through a process called whole genome sequencing.  The result of that analysis is now available on the new Variant Dashboard. Of those sent for analysis, approximately 70% of recent Marin cases have been linked to the Delta variant[External]. The newer “Delta plus” strain, which may be more infectious than the original Delta variant, has also been detected in Marin. With new variants circulating, encounters that may not have led to infection in the past are higher risk.  Read our news release for more information about the new dashboard.  

In addition, we are retiring two dashboards/counts from our data and surveillance page: cumulative hospitalizations (meaning total hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic), and cumulative testing. Early in the pandemic, these “cumulative” approaches were helpful in informing early trends and our progress in building local testing capacity. Now, fifteen months into the response, a cumulative count is less meaningful. However, our epidemiologists will continue to track the daily counts, including daily hospitalizations as well as daily testing counts and trends over time.

State Releases New K-12 School Guidance 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year, which follows Friday's statement on the matter. The guidance aligns California school policy with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) updated recommendations for K-12 schools

It is the state's goal that all students must have access to safe and full in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. The guidance emphasizes the following: vaccination for all eligible individuals to get COVID-19 rates down throughout the community; continued masking in schools, which enables no minimum physical distancing, allowing all students access to full in-person learning, and more targeted quarantine practices, keeping students in school; and access to a robust COVID-19 testing program as an available additional safety layer. Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (such as masking) are fully implemented.  

Choices Abound for Free Vaccinations 

There are plenty of free COVID-19 vaccination options coming up in Marin County. Some locations require an online appointment; others are open for walk-ups. The following one-day pop-up clinics are planned: 

  • Tuesday, July 13 – Coastal Health Alliance, Point Reyes Station (12 and older) 
  • Tuesday, July 13 – The Street Chaplaincy at First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael (12 and older) 
  • Thursday, July 15 – Point Reyes Station Food Pantry, Point Reyes Station (12 and older) 
  • Thursday, July 15 -  Marin City Health and Wellness Center, Sausalito (12 and older) 
  • Thursday, July 15 – Dining Under the Lights, San Rafael (12 and older) 

COVID-19 Data Update: 

Below is a summary of today’s data now available on Marin Data & Surveillance webpage. View the page for 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

Looking for daily data trends? Our Marin Data & Surveillance webpage  uses Tableau dashboards to visualize the impact of COVID-19 in Marin County. Under each dashboard are links to datasets available on Marin County's Open Data Portal

COVID-19 Case Data 

Today’s Report 

Change from Yesterday 

Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases 

12,109 

+12 

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days) 

112 

+4  

Total Cumulative Deaths 

185 

+0  

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations 

+0  

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census 

2  

-1 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Data  

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Status Update 

Marin residents age 12+ vaccinated with at least one dose 

205,149 

+ 483 

Percent of Marin population age 12+ who have received at least one dose 

91.9%  

+ 0.3%  

Percent of Marin population age 12+ who have completed vaccine series. 

84.6%  

+ 0.3%  

Percent of entire Marin population that is  “fully immunized” (14+ days post final dose) 

73%  

+ 0%  

 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Yesterday 

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative 

713 

+ 0 

Positive Patients at Facilities current  

+ 0 

Positive Staff at Facilities current 

 + 0 

Facility Patient Deaths 

135 

+ 0 

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths 

73.0% 

 + 0.0% 

 

State COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Yesterday 

California Confirmed Cases 

3,733,743 

+ 8,910 

California Deaths 

63,472 

+ 96 

 

Other Local and State Data Dashboards:  

Stay Informed 

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Contact Us. We Are Here for You. 

Have questions?  Contact the CA COVID-19 Hotline seven days a week by dialing (833) 422-4255 for COVID-19 information and resources.  

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