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COVID-19 Status Update for 10/27/2020

The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for October 27 includes news of Marin’s clearance to move from “red” status to “orange” status on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy; A video update from Dr. Matt… Read More

COVID-19 Status Update for 10/02/2020

The status update for October 2, 2020 includes tips for dealing with psychological trauma; updated COVID-19 Data; and updates on air quality, fire danger and high temperatures.

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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.

 

 

VIDEO UPDATE: Dealing with Emotional & Psychological Trauma

Dr. Jei Africa, Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (a Division of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services), discusses the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with other events taking place. This emotional trauma can leave us struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety. It can also leave us feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.

 

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Dr. Africa’s tips to deal with trauma and chronic stress:

  1. Get moving. Trauma can disrupt our body’s natural equilibrium. Exercise, rhythmic movement, and meditation can help repair our nervous system.
  2. Stay connected and avoid isolating. You may want to withdraw from others after a traumatic event or experience. However, connecting to others can help you heal.
  3. Take care of your health. Having a healthy body can increase your ability to cope with the stress of trauma. Get plenty sleep, avoid alcohol and drugs, and eat a well-balanced diet.
  4. Engage in activities that bring you joy, gratitude, and a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

 

 

 

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

4,523

+ 13

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

4,274

+ 19

Total Deaths

91

0

Current Hospitalizations

6

- 1

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations**

144

+ 1

Tests Completed in Marin

81,845

+ 627

* 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

453

0

Positive Patients at Facilities current

3

- 1

Positive Staff at Facilities current

10

- 3

Facility Patient Deaths ***

77

0

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

85 %

0 %

 

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

817,277

3,590

California Deaths

15,986

98

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Air District issues Spare the Air Alert for Week

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for through Tuesday, October 6 due to wildfire smoke. Officials expect smoke from regional fires to continue to affect air quality in the Bay Area region. Expect Marin County’s AQI to remain in the Red or “Unhealthy” zone for most of this time period.

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.

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And as a reminder, it is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices during a Spare the Air Alert for particulate pollution.

 

Red Flag Warning Expires Saturday Morning (But Fire Season is Still Here: PREPARE!)

National Weather Service’s Red Flag Warning for higher elevation areas of Marin County will expire Saturday morning (6am). A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame for strong wind gusts and hot, dry conditions. Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking.

We don’t need warnings to remind us we’re in the middle of fire season. Dry conditions and drought contribute to our increased risk of wildfire.

This weekend, with air quality preventing us from enjoying outdoor activities, use the indoor time to prepare yourself for a wildfire. Here are a few links to get you started:

 

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.

 

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