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COVID-19 Status Update for 09/24/2021

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COVID-19 Status Update for 08/27/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for August 27, 2021 includes CDC Report: Delta Can Spread Rapidly with Unvaccinated Staff and Students; Space Still Available for Free Third Dose Clinic; Vaccination Opportunities this Weekend; 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.  

 

CDC Report: Delta Can Spread Rapidly with Unvaccinated Staff and Students  

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released a new report reviewing a recent outbreak investigation at a Marin County school. The investigation revealed how easily the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread in indoor settings in populations without protection from vaccines, such as school classrooms. In addition, the report shows that risk of spread remains high in schools when prevention strategies are not strictly adhered to.  

The takeaways from this report are a mix of good news and bad news, as Dr. Matt Willis, Marin's Public Health Officer, summarizes:  

“The bad news is what this says about the Delta variant. We saw in June what a lot of schools nationally are learning now: this strain is different, very infectious, and offers new challenges for school reopening if we’re not following basic prevention measures. The good news is that outbreaks are still preventable. This report reinforces what we already know. Masks are protective and need to be worn by everyone indoors. Vaccinations are protective and everyone who is eligible should be vaccinated,” said Willis. 

The report confirms school staff members should be vaccinated, especially those who are in close indoor contact with unvaccinated students, including students still too young to be eligible for vaccination. Multiple non-pharmaceutical prevention strategies, including requiring students, teachers, and other staff members to wear masks consistently and correctly indoors, routine testing, ventilation, and staying home when symptomatic, can further reduce the risk of spread and help in safer school operations. 

“The lesson here is Delta will take advantage of any slippage from the known protective measures,” added Dr. Willis. “We have simple yet effective tools, and we need to use them.” 

 

Read the full CDC report online.  

 

Space Still Available for Free Third Dose Clinic 

Due to the large success of last weekend’s massive third dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic, Marin County Public Health and Safeway are partnering again tomorrow, Saturday, August 28, for a second free clinic at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall (from 9:00am – 5:00pm).   

There are still spaces available for Marin County residents who qualify for a third dose. Walk-ins for tomorrow’s event are welcome however it is recommended that community members who are eligible make an appointment as there are limited spaces available. 

Eligible participants include those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and who have completed either a Moderna or Pfizer vaccination series at least 28 days prior and have: 

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment,   
  • Received an organ or stem cell transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system,   
  • HIV infection, or   
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other medications that suppress the immune system 

You can find out if you qualify by visiting our Third Dose landing page.  

Proof of completion of a vaccine series (COVID-19 vaccination card) is needed and attendees must attest that they qualify for a third dose (no doctor's note needed). Attendees should bring ID, a health insurance card or medical coverage card. 

If you are eligible for a third COVID-19 dose but are unable to attend Saturday’s clinic, please visit our third dose informational webpage for alternative clinics.   

 

Vaccination Opportunities this Weekend 

In addition to the massive third dose clinic happening on Saturday, there are more free COVID-19 vaccination options coming up in Marin County this weekend for those who haven’t completed their vaccination series. Some locations require an online appointment; others are open for walk-ups.     

The following one-day pop-up clinics are open to anyone age 12 & older:    

  • Friday, August 27 – Grocery Outlet – Nave Shopping Center, Novato    
  • Saturday, August 28 – Canal Alliance, San Rafael 
  • Monday, August 30 - St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Marin City   

Visit our Vaccine Finder page for more dates. In addition to Marin County Public Health–hosted sites, many local pharmacies like CVSWalgreensRiteAid, and others offer same-day vaccine appointments. 

 

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 

13,957 

+72 

“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days) 

494 

+10  

Total Cumulative Deaths 

187 

+0  

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations 

15  

+0  

Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census 

5  

+0  

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Data  

Today’s Report 

Change from Last Status Update 

Marin residents age 12+ vaccinated with at least one dose 

213,807  

+ 192 

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

95.7%  

+ 0.0%  

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

88.6%  

+ 0.1%  

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

77%  

+ 0%  

 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Yesterday 

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative 

733 

+ 0 

Positive Patients at Facilities current  

+ 0 

Positive Staff at Facilities current 

 -1 

Facility Patient Deaths 

135 

+ 0 

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths 

72.2% 

 + 0.0% 

 

State COVID-19 data: 

Today’s Report 

Change from Yesterday 

California Confirmed Cases 

4,171,104 

+ 13,785 

California Deaths 

65,033 

+ 102 

 

Other Local and State Data Dashboards:  

Stay Informed 

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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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