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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 09/11/2020

The status update for September 11, 2020 includes a new State dashboard to track test result turnaround time; air quality protective information; and updated COVID-19 activity.

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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.

 

New Testing Turnaround Time Dashboard

This week, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) posted a new dashboard reporting how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results. The state has worked with laboratories to reduce testing turnaround times in recent weeks to help curb the spread of the virus. During the week of August 23 to August 29, the average time patients waited for test results was 1.3 days. During this same time period, 66 percent of patients received test results in 1 day and 88 percent received them within two days. The testing turnaround time dashboard (PDF) is updated weekly.

 

Protect Your Health: Avoid Outdoor Activity Due to Poor Air Quality

Smoke and ash from regional wildfires continues to affect Marin County. Today, air quality reached the “purple” or “very unhealthy” level on the Air Quality Index.  Outdoor COVID-19 test sites were closed this afternoon due to air quality health concerns.  A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for the Bay Area through Monday, September 14, and we expect unhealthy air quality again through the weekend.

Smoke from wildfires can affect health. The most common symptoms are eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Those with health problems, especially heart or respiratory conditions, should take extra caution.

Follow these precautions to protect your health:

  • Minimize outdoor activities.  Postpone/Reschedule intense outdoor cardio activities.
  • Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside.
  • Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors.
  • Avoid activities that create more indoor and outdoor air pollution, such as frying foods, sweeping, vacuuming, and using gas-powered appliances.
  • Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you experience symptoms related to smoke exposure.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who may be sensitive to poor air quality and who spend much of their time alone.

Links to Related Information:

 

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

4,192

+22

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

3,889

+33

Total Deaths

73

0

Current Hospitalizations

10

- 4

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

142

0

Tests Completed in Marin

74,013

+381

* 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

426

+4

Positive Patients at Facilities current

24

0

Positive Staff at Facilities current

28

+ 1

Facility Patient Deaths

65

0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

89 %

0

 

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

746,191

3,326

California Deaths

14,089

111

 

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 4,910 acres and is 95% contained. No evacuation warnings/orders are in place. 124 personnel are working on the fire and are focused on holding the perimeter and mop-up work, as well as looking for hotspots along the perimeter line.  

Woodward Fire Information 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