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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 09/09/2020

The status update for September 9, 2020 includes details for our next Community Conversation event; details about two new State laws to help small businesses; new back-to-school PSAs for children; updated COVID-19 activity; and other updates for 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.

 

Community Conversation – “COVID-19: Where are we now?”

Our data has improved, yet the State has paused business reopenings in Marin County. Join members of the Marin Health and Human Services Team for a discussion on Marin’s current status and future direction.  

 Panelists:  

  • Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer
  • Benita McLarin, Director, Marin Health and Human Services

WHEN: Thursday, September 10 at 4:00PM 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: 

 

Governor Signs Bills to Help Small Businesses Amid COVID-19

Small businesses have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions of people are out of work across California.  Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that provides tax breaks to small businesses that hire more workers by December 1. [Watch Press Conference]

The new law, Senate Bill 1447 creates the Main Street Hiring Tax Credit. This will reduce how much state taxes some small businesses owe if they have more employees working between July 1 and December 1 than they did between April 1 and June 30.  Businesses of 100 employees or less would get $1,000 credit for the next increase of each new worker, in addition to other credits and support available. The credit can be applied to their income, sales or use taxes. The credit only applies to businesses that have lost half of their revenue from April to June this year compared to the same period last year. 

Newsom also signed Assembly Bill 1577, which exempts businesses from having to pay state taxes on loans received from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). PPP provides cash flow assistance to small businesses with 500 or fewer employees, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons. The cash flow assistance for this program comes in the form of a loan of up to 2.5 times average monthly payroll costs, which can be fully forgiven if the funds are used for specified costs and if employees and employee salaries are maintained. California outperformed the rest of the nation in Paycheck Protection loans, with roughly $68.6 Billion coming into California under the PPP.

 

 

New Back-to-School PSAs feature Sesame Street characters.

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a new PSA partnership on back-to-school safety with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, and facilitated by the Skoll Foundation and Participant.  

As part of Sesame Workshop’s #CaringForEachOther initiative to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the three new English- and Spanish-language PSAs feature the lovable Sesame Street Muppets promoting best practices for kids and families during the pandemic, including how to properly wear a mask, physically distance, wash hands, and navigate the hybrid learning environment many California kids are experiencing this Fall.

"As parents, we tell our kids all the time about the importance of washing hands, staying six feet apart and wearing masks, but it just might register differently if those messages come from Elmo,” said Governor Newsom. “With parents and kids preparing for back to school – many through distance learning – it’s critical that we use messengers kids feel comfortable with to share important health tips about COVID, while also providing them assurances during this unique time that they aren’t alone.”

The new Sesame Workshop back-to-school PSA featuring Elmo and his dad Louie can be found in English here and in Spanish here. The additional two PSAs featuring the Oscar and Grover characters will also be released in English and in Spanish over the course of the next week.  [READ THE FULL NEWS RELEASE]

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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 Status Update*

Total Confirmed Cases

4,141

+11

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

3,831

+40

Total Deaths

73

0

Current Hospitalizations

14

0

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

142

+1

Tests Completed in Marin

73,395

+258

* The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published Monday – Friday. Monday editions of the status update include data from Monday plus Saturday and Sunday of the previous weekend. Therefore, data shown under the “change from last update” heading will always be larger on Mondays and differ from what is published on the Coronavirus in Marin homepage, which is updated 7 days per week. 

 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

421

+3

Positive Patients at Facilities current

24

+1

Positive Staff at Facilities current

30

+ 1

Facility Patient Deaths

65

+ 2

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths**

89 %

+ 2

**The one “new” facility death was reported as part of Marin’s total death count earlier this week. However, the facility classification was delayed and not reported until today.

 

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

739,527

1,616

California Deaths

13,841

83

 

In Other News… (Non-COVID Updates)

While the following is not related to COVID, it is news from Marin County's Emergency Operations Center that we thought you should know about.

Woodward Fire Update

To date, the Woodward Fire at Point Reyes National Seashore has burned 4,895 acres and is and 95% contained. At 4:00pm today, all remaining evacuation warnings were lifted.

Woodward Fire Information Resources:

 

Air Quality for Week

The Bay Area woke up to ominous orange skies today. Strong winds over the past few days transported ash from fires in Northern California and the Sierra Nevada into the region. The smoke particles scatter blue light and only allow yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, causing skies to look orange.  If smoke becomes too thick in a certain area, most of the light will be scattered and absorbed before reaching the surface. [Learn more from Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Jarrett Claiborne]

A Spare the Air Alert has been issued through September 11. Smoke continues to impact the region. For those that are sensitive to poor air quality:  AQI sensors focus on smaller particles such as PM 10 or PM 2.5.  Some ash falling is larger than PM 10 (the width of a human hair) and may not be reflected in the AQI. Take precautions if you must be outdoors. Protect your health by staying indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible (if heat is not an issue). Avoid outdoor activity during times of poor air quality.

Related Resources:

 

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 online!  As a reminder, please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.

 

Reporting Businesses in Violation of Public Health Orders

Those wishing to report a public health order violation by a business can submit their concerns online.  Please include as much detail as possible regarding the perceived health order violation.  Photos and other documentation welcome, too.  Know that state protocols for reopening change frequently, so consult the  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 and related enforcement ordinance is to educate and keep our community safe. While violations of the public health order are misdemeanors, issuing citations or 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.

 

Spread the word: How your friends and family can receive these updates:

·        Text "MARIN COVID" to 468311 to receive text message notifications      

·        Subscribe online to receive email notifications