Update for August 2, 2022 includes: Save Your High-Quality Masks for Wildfire Season; Building Partnerships and Preparing for Future Disasters; Vaccination Opportunities in Marin;State Declares State of Emergency to Support Monkeypox Response; 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.
Save Your High-Quality Masks for Wildfire Season
The high-quality masks that we rely upon to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection can also reduce risk during times of wildfire smoke.
Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can make you cough and wheeze and can make it hard to breathe for some people. If you have asthma or another lung disease, or heart disease, inhaling wildfire smoke can be especially bad for you.
The best way to protect yourself from the wildfire smoke is to stay inside as much as you can and to not exercise or do other activities that make you breathe deeply. If you cannot stay inside or away from smoke, a particulate respirator mask – such as the n95, KN94, and KF95 mask – can help protect your lungs. However, it's important that the mask be worn correctly: it should seal tightly to your face, so the outside air won’t leak inside.
Do not use cloth or surgical masks during times of bad air quality – they are unable to filter out the harmful particles and won’t protect your lungs from wildfire smoke.
Consider having an extra N95 mask in your at-home emergency kit or your emergency go-bag.
Building Partnerships and Preparing for Future Disasters
Hospitals and health care facilities normally operate independently of one another as they provide care to people in communities across the country. When disaster strikes, these facilities must face new challenges, and have strong plans and partnerships in place before a disaster to help save lives.
Marin Health and Human Services Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) is a federally-funded program supporting regional healthcare system preparedness. It brings together individual healthcare and response organizations, such as acute care hospitals, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, emergency management agencies, and public health agencies, to prepare health care delivery systems to respond to emergencies and disasters. It promotes a sustained focus to improve patient outcomes, minimize the need for supplemental state and federal resources during emergencies, and enable rapid recovery.
Building on the success of collaboration with our local healthcare partners during the COVID-19 pandemic, Marin County Public Health is now working toward preparedness for other disasters.
Today, Kaiser Permanente executive staff and physicians toured Marin County’s Emergency Operations Center. This is part of a larger effort to work with the HPP network to plan a future exercise for shared response in an emergency, recognizing the mutual dependence and benefit of close partnerships and the clear delineation of roles and responsibilities in an disaster.
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.
Upcoming clinics for people age 6 months & older:
- August 4 - Marin Community Clinics, San Rafael
- August 5 – Northgate Mall, San Rafael
- August 6 - “Kerner Campus” (Marin Health & Wellness), San Rafael
- August 9 – St. Andrews Church, Marin City
Additional clinics for people age 5 & older:
- August 4 – Northgate Mall, 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:
In Other News... State Declares State of Emergency to Support Monkeypox Response
Over the course of the COVID-19 response, we have periodically included a non-coronavirus related update that was of local, regional or national urgency (local wildfires, heat or smoke advisories, etc.).
As part of the state’s ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency on August 1, 2022, to bolster the state’s vaccination efforts. The proclamation supports the work underway by the California Department of Public Health and others in the administration to coordinate a whole-of-government response to monkeypox, seek additional vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on accessing vaccines and treatment.
A State of Emergency allows for more flexibility in the face of an unfolding crisis, including the suspension of regulatory statues that may impede response and recovery efforts. It also helps access federal aid and unlock certain state resources.
To date, there are 1,135 cases statewide, including 386 in San Francisco. There are only 3 cases in Marin County.
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 29, 2022
Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases
“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days)
Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations (including incidental cases)
Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census