Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for July 19, 2022 includes: Masks And BA.5: What You Need to Know; COVID-19 Reversed Progress Against Antimicrobial Resistance; Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Continues Authorization Process; Vaccination Opportunities in Marin; 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.
Masks And BA.5: What You Need to Know
More than 90% of our COVID-19 case samples sent for genomic sequencing are BA4 or BA5. Dr. Willis explains why masks are going to be an increasingly important tool as we fight a more infectious strain of the virus.
Medical-style masks, such as N95s, KN95s, and surgical-style masks, are more protective than cloth ones. Fortunately, these disposable masks, made with nonwoven materials, are now much easier to find than early in the pandemic.
KN95 masks are available for purchase in Marin County at pharmacies, hardware and industrial supply stores, and some grocery and convenience stores. Trusted online retailers also offer easy access to both N95 and KN95 masks.
Free N95 masks are available at select pharmacies. Use CDC’s Free Mask Locator to find local pharmacies participating in the program (check with location for availability).
COVID-19 Reversed Progress Against Antimicrobial Resistance
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed back years of progress made combating antimicrobial resistance (AR) in the United States. In a report released last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that the threat of AR infections worsened, including resistant hospital-onset infections and deaths both increasing at least 15% during the first year of the pandemic.
These increases reversed progress from the years leading up to COVID-19, when significant reductions in AR infections occurred. Historic progress in antibiotic prescribing was also reversed during the pandemic, when antibiotics were often the first option given to patients with pneumonia-like symptoms.
The takeaway? People should recognize that antibiotics do not help viral symptoms – whether COVID-19, common cold, or flu. People should support their doctors in not over prescribing antibiotics.
- Read the full report
- Read the media statement
- Action Plan for Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Continues Authorization Process
Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), authorized use of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine for unvaccinated adults. 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 final step needed for Novavax to be available in California is review and recommendation by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. If authorized, the Novavax vaccine could be available sometime next week.
Vaccination Opportunities in Marin
If you know someone who is still in need of a primary vaccination dose or booster shot, please share the list below with them! Staying up to date on our vaccines is just as important as receiving an initial series. COVID-19 Vaccines are FREE, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
This week’s schedule for 5 & older:
- July 19 – St. Andrews Church, Marin City
- July 21 & 22 – Northgate Mall, San Rafael
This week’s schedule for children 6 months to 5 years:
- July 20 – Bolinas Community Center, Bolinas
- July 21 & 22 – Northgate Mall, San Rafael
- July 21 – Marin Community Clinics, San Rafael
- July 23 – Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael
Walk-ups are welcome at most vaccination locations. Visit the Vaccine Finder webpage to view clinic hours, address, or schedule an appointment. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a vaccination. Additional vaccination clinics in Marin and around the Bay Area can be found on MyTurn.
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. 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.
Todays’ COVID-19 Community Level:
Suggested Prevention Steps:
COVID-19 Data Update:
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
Change from Last Status Update on July 15, 2022
Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases
“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days)
Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census