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COVID-19 Status Update for 10/20/2020

The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for October 20, 2020 includes Marin’s progress in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy; A video update from Dr. Willis; an invitation for an online townhall on schools; updated COVID-19 data; and a red flag warning.

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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 Inches Closer to Tier 3 Reopening Status

With its improving COVID-19 figures, Marin County is in a position to further reopen local business industries no sooner than Tuesday, October 27, if local COVID-19 incidence remains steady or continues to decrease.

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.

The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was notified October 20 by CDPH that Marin County’s data within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy has improved, qualifying the county to move from Tier 2 or “substantial risk” (“red”) status to the less restrictive Tier 3 or “moderate risk” (“orange”) level based on its COVID-19 coronavirus case statistics.

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 two consecutive weeks. Marin County has been in Tier 2 for five weeks and has met the Tier 3 threshold for seven consecutive days, halfway through the two-week requirement.  


Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

Marin County

Adjusted Case Rate per 100,000

> 7

4 to 7

1 to 3.9

< 1


Overall Test Positivity Rate

> 8%

5% to 8%

2% to 4.9%

< 2%


Equity Metric: Quartile Test Positivity Rate

> 8.0%

≤ 8.0%

≤ 5.2%

≤ 2.1%


If the CDPH approves the move on October 27, further business reopenings can move forward, including increased indoor capacity at retail, restaurant, entertainment and other industries. Latest data for all California counties is available online.  

“We’ve all made sacrifices to reduce COVID-19 transmission in Marin, and it’s encouraging to see progress,” said Dr Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer. “At the same time, we’re seeing new surges across the nation. As hard as it is to reduce case rates, it’s just as hard to hang on and not slide backward. It’s not time to let up on those measures that protect ourselves and our community.”  

Current Tier 2 business sector guidelines are available Marin Recovers website, including an overview of what can open under Tier 2 versus Tier 3. All open businesses must complete a COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan prior to reopening under Tier 3 restrictions. Guidance for the plan also is found on the Marin Recovers website.



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, Marin’s projected trajectory within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, an update on school surveillance testing and safety during the Halloween and election season, and more.

Youtube Video
Remote video URL

THURSDAY: Community Conversation - COVID-19: A Safer Return to School

Marin Public Health and Marin Office of Education will host an online town hall on Thursday, October 22 at 5:00pm to review protocols and best practices for returning to in-classroom learning, new resources available to parents and students, and the role of everyone in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 both in and out of the classroom. The “Community Conversation” panel includes:  

  • Dr. Matt Willis (Public Health Officer)
  • Dr. Lisa Santora (Deputy Public Health Officer)
  • Mary Jane Burke (Marin County Superintendent of Schools)
  • Itoco Garcia, Ed.D. (Superintendent, Sausalito Marin City School District)
  • Chris Valdez (Principal, Marin Catholic)

Details on how to watch the event and submit questions in advance can be found at


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:


Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update*

Total Confirmed Cases


+ 6

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)


+ 23

Total Deaths



Current Hospitalizations


- 4

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations


+ 3

Tests Completed in Marin


+ 749

* 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:


Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative



Positive Patients at Facilities current



Positive Staff at Facilities current


- 1

Facility Patient Deaths



Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

82 %



State COVID-19 activity:


Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases


+ 3,286

California Deaths


+ 22



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 for Monday through Wednesday

Fire season isn’t over just yet, Marin. The National Weather Service has issued another Red Flag Warning for higher elevation areas of Marin County from 11 p.m. Monday, October 19th, to 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 21st. 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



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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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