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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 10/13/2020

The status update for October 13, 2020 includes the weekly Blueprint Update, a video briefing from Dr. Willis; Updated COVID-19 Data; warnings about heat, fire danger, and possible power outages.

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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.

 

Weekly Blueprint Update: Marin Remains in Tier 2

Today, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provided its weekly update on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a statewide plan for reducing COVID-19 and keeping Californians healthy and safe.  As part of this process, CDPH assesses indicators that capture disease burden, testing, and health equity.  This assessment happens weekly on Mondays and CDPH releases updated tier assignments on Tuesdays at around 12-noon.

CDPH confirmed Marin County’s placement in Tier 2 (red status) for a fifth straight week. CDPH’s October 13 assessment for Marin County includes:

  • Testing Positivity: 1.5%  (decrease of 0.3% since last assessment)
  • Adjusted Case Rate: 4.0   (no change)
  • Health Equity Quartile Test Positivity Rate: 2.7%  (decrease of 0.4%)

The following table outlines the requirements for case rates, test positivity rates, and quartile test positivity rates for each tier status. Currently, two of Marin’s three measurements qualifies for Tier 3 (orange status):

Marin County Current Tier Status

Red

 
 
 

Tier 1
(Widespread)

Tier 2
(Substantial)

Tier 3
(Moderate)

Tier 4
(Minimal)

Marin County

 

Adjusted Case Rate per 100,000

> 7

4 to 7

1 to 3.9

< 1

4.0

 

Overall Test Positivity Rate

> 8%

5% to 8%

2% to 4.9%

< 2%

1.5%

 

Equity Metric: Quartile Test Positivity Rate

> 8.0%

≤ 8.0%

≤ 5.2%

≤ 2.1%

2.7%

 

In general, for a County to advance to a less restrictive tier, it must (1) have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks; and (2) meet criteria for the next less restrictive tier for all three measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.

For Marin to officially achieve Tier 3 (orange status), two things need to happen: (1) the adjusted case rate must equal or fall below 3.9; and (2) Marin’s data must remain within the Tier 3 range for two weeks. If Marin’s data continues to improve, we could achieve Tier 3 status as early as October 27.  However, that means we must continue to work as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Update from Marin’s Public Health Officer

This morning, Dr. Matt Willis provided a brief update to the Marin County Board of Supervisors regarding Marin’s COVID-19 activity, including a decreasing rate of cases among skilled nursing facilities, Marin’s projected trajectory within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, an update on schools reopening and community outbreak response, and more.

Youtube Video
Remote video URL

 

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

4,695

+ 14

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

4,421

+ 11

Total Deaths

96

0

Current Hospitalizations

5

- 1

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

146

0

Tests Completed in Marin

86,636

+ 363

* 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

456

0

Positive Patients at Facilities current

2

0

Positive Staff at Facilities current

9

+ 1

Facility Patient Deaths

79

0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

82 %

0

 

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

852,406

+ 2,378

California Deaths

16,581

+ 9

 

 

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.

 

Red Flag Warning Issued Through Friday

National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for higher elevation areas of Marin County from Wednesday morning (5am) to Friday morning (11am). 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.

Red Flag Warning & Wildfire Preparedness Information Resources

 

Beware of Hot Temperatures this Week

With high temperatures expected this week, here are a few tips to be prepared. Heat affects everyone differently. Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect a person’s health, especially when outdoors for long periods of time. Those most vulnerable to extreme heat include older adults, people with chronic medical conditions or mental health conditions and the socially isolated.

During a heat wave, residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects for heat-related illnesses. View some of the resources below for tips to stay cool during warm weather.

Warm Weather Safety Resources

 

Take the Time to Prepare for a Future Public Safety Power Shutoff

Fall is Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) season. PSPS events are called during times of dry, hot weather with strong winds that pose significant fire risk. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will proactively turn off power in these areas to prevent any electrical infrastructure -caused fires. Currently a PSPS event is forecast for the Northern California region: Marin County is NOT within the scope of this PSPS event.  However, as many of us know fire season is far from over, so this first PSPS event is a reminder to prepare for a future extended outage.

PSPS Preparation 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.

 

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

  • Text "MARIN COVID" to 468311 to receive text message notifications      
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  • Tweet & share this update with your friends on Twitter!

 

CORRECTION OF OCTOBER 12 STATUS UPDATE:

The “COVID-19 Data Update” section of yesterday’s status update displayed incorrect numbers within the “change since last status update” column. The web version of the October 12 Status Update has been updated to reflect the cumulative numbers for October 10-12.  All other numbers included in the “COVID-19 Data Update” section were correct.