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COVID-19 Status Update for 08/05/2022

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for August 5, 2022 includes: Public Health Hosts Back-to-School Town Halls; Wastewater Surveillance isn’t just for COVID-19 Anymore; Know your COVID-19 Community Level; and updated local COVID-… Read More

COVID-19 Status Update for 07/15/2022

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for July 15, 2022 includes: Mental Health Trends & New Hotline Resource; Public Health Urges 2nd Boosters in Long Term Care Facilities; Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Begins Authorization Process; Know your COVID-19 Community Level; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published two times per week 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.

 

Update from Marin’s Health Officer: Mental Health Trends & New Hotline Resource

 

 

On Saturday, July 16, 2022, Marin will be one of the first jurisdictions in the United States to use a new 988 dialing code for behavioral health crisis needs.

988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental health or substance use crisis, or
  • Any other kind of emotion distress

People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Instead of dialing 911, emergency calls related to mental health or substance use crisis can be placed to 988.

Too many people are experiencing suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress without the support and care they need, and sadly, the pandemic only made a bad situation worse when it comes to mental health and wellness in America. Yet, there is hope. The 988 Lifeline helps thousands of struggling people overcome suicidal crisis or mental-health related distress every day.

In Marin, 988 calls will be received by staff with Buckelew Programs, based in Novato.  Experienced staff will quickly evaluate the emergency and utilize trained crisis counselors to provide an appropriate intervention. Urgent calls requiring an in-person mobile crisis response will be directed to clinical staff in the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) division.

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Public Health Urges 2nd Boosters in Long Term Care Facilities.

 Marin County Public Health is concerned that BA.5 is fueling new infections, and expects hospitalizations and deaths will rise over the summer.

A key strategy to save Marin lives is increasing booster rates in long term care facilities. Booster rates are significantly lower among residents of long-term care facilities than they are in the general population.

If you live in a long-term care facility in Marin and have not had your 2nd booster, our data suggests you’re three times more likely to be infected and twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than those who have received the 2nd booster.

Marin County Public Health is working to close the gap in 2nd booster coverage in facilities through partnership with the doctors who provide healthcare to residents.  A Public Health Advisory was issued this week to clinicians and staff who care for patients in long-term care facilities (including Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly and Skilled Nursing Facilities).

We have set a goal to vaccinate, with facility healthcare providers, at least 100 facility residents with a 2nd booster by the end of July.

If you or a loved one is a long-term care facility resident in Marin, we encourage you to request a 2nd booster shot from your doctor as soon as possible. 

 

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Begins Authorization Process

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine. This is the first in a multi-step review and recommendation process for a COVID-19 vaccine to become authorized for administration in California.

The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine is a two-dose primary series, administered three weeks apart. In clinical trials of participants age 18 & older, vaccine was 90.4% effective in preventing mild, moderate or severe COVID-19.

The next step in this process is review and recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on July 19, followed by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, and then the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

 

Know your COVID-19 Community Level

The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels are a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in Marin or other community in which you live, work or visit.

Location:

Todays’ COVID-19 Community Level:

Suggested Prevention Steps:

Marin County

HIGH

 

 

 

COVID-19 Data Update:

Below is just a snapshot of local COVID-19 data. Find a more in-depth analysis of COVID-19 trends on the Marin Data & Surveillance webpage, our Data FAQ, or Marin County's Open Data Portal.

Data sets updated weekly (published on Fridays) include:

  • COVID-19 vaccination rates
  • COVID-19 cases & deaths among facility staff and residents
  • Weekly/Cumulative count of COVID-19 deaths among Marin residents
  • State COVID-19 Data

Status updates are now published Tuesdays and Fridays. “Change from Last Status Update” (far right column, below) may account for 2-4 days, depending on the date of the previous publication (view past status updates).

COVID-19 Case Data

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases

38,619

+ 237

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days)

623

+ 26

Total Cumulative Deaths

256

+ 0*

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

19

+ 1

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census

5

+ 4

* Change from last Friday.

COVID-19 Vaccination Data

Today’s Report

Change from Last Week

Percent of Marin residents vaccinated with at least one dose

96.8% 

+ 0.3%

Percent of Marin population who have completed vaccine series.

90.1%*

+ 0.0%

Percent of Marin residents who have received a Booster/3rd Dose

64.7%*

+ 0.3%

* Note that this percentage is out of all Marin residents including children younger than 6 months.

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data:

Today’s Report

Change from Last Week

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

1874

+ 55

Positive Patients at Facilities current

97

+ 18

Positive Staff at Facilities current

71

 - 2

Facility Patient Deaths

164

0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

64.1%

 0.0%

 

State COVID-19 data:

Today’s Report

Change from Last Week

California Confirmed Cases

9,677,827

+ 137,633

California Deaths

92,185

+ 255

 

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