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COVID-19 Status Update for 09/25/2020

The status update for September 25, 2020 includes guidelines for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations; updated COVID-19 data, updates on Woodward Fire, Red Flag Warnings and Hot Weather for weekend, and PSPS preparedness… Read More

COVID-19 Status Update for 08/20/2020

The status update for August 20, 2020 includes new dashboards aligned with state data, a warning about wildfire smoke for the COVID+ community, updated COVID-19 activity and an a quick summary of other major events from the day.  


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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is now publishing five days a week (Monday through Friday) and as needed, in order to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19 and to keep our economy running. We remain here for you.

 

State Indicator Data added to Website; Reconciliation Complete

Today, Marin Public Health published new changes to its Surveillance Page and Progress Indicators Page to reflect updated data from the State of California.

First, a new dashboard is available on the Progress Indicators Page showcasing five state-reported COVID-19 indicators for Marin County. The state uses these to measure local burden of COVID-19, to inform shelter in place policies imposed on counties. These data points include daily test rate, case rate, percent positivity, percent hospitalized, and ICU availability.  In addition, the corresponding percent positivity chart on the Surveillance Page will reflect the available state data from today moving forward. 

These metrics determine which counties are on the state’s “county monitoring list.” Marin County collects local data on a broader range of indicators using diverse sources, so there may be minor differences between the displayed state indicators and those of Marin Public Health. However, we have aligned the delivery of the data with the State eliminate confusion regarding our progress in being removed from the list.

All other data sets, including demographic and cumulative data, continue to be informed by Marin Public Health data.

Secondly, frequent visitors to our Surveillance Page will notice that the previous disclaimers and shading that corresponded to incomplete data associated with the CalREDIE data glitch have been removed.  Last week, the state reported that it identified and corrected the issue that caused the underreporting of cases and confirmed the backlog of data had been cleared.  

 

Wildfire Smoke Prompts Health Advisory for COVID+ & Sensitive Groups

Smoke from Northern California wildfires is deteriorating air quality, prompting Marin Public Health to issue a public health advisory warning residents who may be affected by or susceptible to COVID-19 to take extra precautions in limiting smoke exposure. Particularly at risk are:

  • Those who are immunocompromised or taking drugs that suppress the immune system; and
  • Those who are infected or recovering from COVID-19. Because of compromised heart and lung function due to COVID-19, they may be at increased risk of health effects from exposure to wildfire smoke.

For more information, review the news release or the public health advisory. In addition, all residents should monitor local air quality and visit Marin Health and Human Services Wildfire Air Quality webpage for tips on how to protect your health during days with poor air quality. And remember: only call 9-1-1 if you’re experiencing an emergency. Please do not call our dispatchers to report smoke.

   

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.

COVID-19 activity in Marin:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from  Last Update

Total Confirmed Cases**

3,616

+20

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

3,279

+18

Total Deaths **

59

+1

Current Hospitalizations

11

-1

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations**

126

0

Tests Completed in Marin

64,593

+450

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from  Last Update

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

332

+5

Positive Patients at Facilities current

36

+2

Positive Staff at Facilities current

14

-1

Facility Patient Deaths

51

0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

88%

+2%

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from  Last Update

California Confirmed Cases

638,831

+6,164

California Deaths

11,523

+181

 San Quentin State Prison COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE a

Today’s Report

Change from Last Update

San Quentin – Total Confirmed Cases**

2,236

0

San Quentin – Total Resolved Cases**

2,120

+28

San Quentin – Total COVID-19 Deaths**

25

0

**San Quentin cases are not included in Marin’s count for cases, cumulative hospitalizations or deaths [See our Data FAQ]. We report San Quentin data as reported by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

 

In Other News… (Non-COVID Updates)

While the following items are non-COVID related, they are news updates from Marin County's Emergency Operations Center that we thought you should know about.

West Marin’s Woodward Fire reaches 2,000 Acres in Size

The Woodward Fire continues to burn in Point Reyes National Seashore. To date, it has burned 2,000 acres of dense vegetation in a sparsely populated area of Marin County. Currently, the fire is zero percent contained. An evacuation warning was directed to residents living west of Shoreline Highway (State Route 1) between Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Olema south to Bolinas, a stretch of about 11.5 miles. The County of Marin has prepared contingency plans to open a shelter if evacuation orders become necessary.

 For ongoing updates, monitor Marin County Fire’s Twitter Account or call the Fire Information Line (415-473-7191).

 

Stay Informed

Follow the County of Marin on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor or subscribe to our status updates. Visit MarinHHS.org/coronavirus for resources to stay connected on the issue.

Helpful Links and Online Resources:

Contact Us.  We Are Here For You.

Have questions?  We are here to help.  Our call center is available Monday through Friday, from 9:30am to 12-noon and 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Please feel free to connect with us for general information and resources by calling (415) 473-7191.  We are also available onlineAs a reminder, please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.

Reporting Businesses in Violation of Public Health Orders

We know this is a challenging time. Those wishing to report a public health order violation by a business can submit their concerns to SIPViolation@marincounty.org.  Please include the business name, address, and as much detail as possible regarding the perceived health order violation.  Photos and other documentation welcome, too. Reports will be forwarded to the appropriate governing agency for review and investigation.

Visit Marin Recovers Status list for information on business openings and guidelines and the current health order for information on face covering requirements, shelter-in-place and more. Keep in mind that the goal of the order is to educate and keep our community safe. While violations of the public health order are misdemeanors, making arrests continues to remain a measure of last resort for local law enforcement. It will only be considered after all education and voluntary compliance efforts have failed.

Be a role model and follow the order while encouraging others to do the same. If you see a business out of compliance, you can speak directly to the owner, and offer the link or a copy of the COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan as well as information about the Marin Recovers website. We’re all in this together and we all need to do our part.