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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 10/14/2020

The status update for October 14, 2020 includes details about expanded COVID-19 testing in Marin County; Updated COVID-19 data; the Great ShakeOut; and current fire danger, warm temperatures, and power outage warnings.  

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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.

 

 

COVID-19 Testing Options Expand Across Marin County

The testing landscape has changed in Marin County and more COVID-19 testing options are available through medical providers, self-referral sites and at-home testing options.

COVID-19 testing is an important tool for maintaining the health of our broader community. Marin County Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend you be tested for COVID-19 if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, congestion, sore throat, difficulty breathing, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell;
  • You were notified by Marin Public Health as being high risk or a "close contact" to a person confirmed to have COVID-19;
  • You work in a high-risk setting, such as a hospital or medical clinic, long-term care facility, homeless shelter or prison; OR
  • You work in an occupation where you experience frequent contact with the public on a daily basis, including jobs as first responders, teachers, personal caregivers, housekeepers, construction workers, food service / restaurant workers, gas station and grocery store workers.

If you are experiencing symptoms or meet the criteria above, your first stop for testing should be your medical/healthcare provider, primary physician or local medical clinic. Our COVID-19 Testing Information webpage offers a detailed list of providers, self-referral sites and at-home test options available.

What about testing required for travel?

Some states and countries now require a negative COVID-19 viral test before entry. Often, these tests must have been completed within 24-72 hours before arrival. Conditions for entry vary by destination: be sure to research the latest travel and health restrictions for your planned destination (or verify requirements with your airline) prior to scheduling your COVID-19 test.

In addition, some destinations – such as Hawaii – will only accept test results from select providers.  Before scheduling your COVID-19 test, check with your COVID-19 test provider to ensure they can accommodate your specific travel requirements, including test result certification.

Marin County Public Health does not provide travel-related testing. However, many primary care medical providers and travel clinics provide COVID-19 testing for travel.  In addition, Oakland Airport, United Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines have announced COVID-19 testing options, with more airports and airlines planning to unveil COVID-19 testing options in the near future.

What about medical procedure-related testing?

Some healthcare facilities require a negative COVID-19 viral test before undergoing a medical, dental or surgical procedure. This is because most procedures involve close contact between you and your practitioner. The time in which your COVID-19 test must be completed before your procedure varies by provider and the procedure prescribed for you. Confirm testing and test result reporting requirements before scheduling your COVID-19 test.

Marin County Public Health does not provide testing for medical/dental procedure purposes. Discuss COVID-19 testing options with your primary care medical provider or consider a self-referral or at-home test option if allowed by your procedure provider.  

 

 

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

4,701

+ 6

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

4,438

+ 17

Total Deaths

96

0

Current Hospitalizations

6

+ 1

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

146

0

Tests Completed in Marin

86,823

+ 187

* 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

8

- 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

855,072

+ 2,666

California Deaths

16,639

+ 58

 

 

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.

 

TOMORROW: “The Great ShakeOut” International Earthquake Drill

Drop. Cover. And hold on! The Great ShakeOut is Tomorrow, October 15 at 10:15am. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, a worldwide earthquake safety movement, are involving 17.1 million people throughout 2020 (and counting). Most participate in ShakeOut by registering to practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” and many do much more. If you participate, be sure to take a #ShakeOut selfie and post it on social media! [Continue reading news release]

 

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.

 

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