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COVID-19 Status Update for 11/24/2020

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for November 24 includes a new Blueprint update from the state; A message from Dr. Matt Willis; A special webinar for youth sports organizers, and updated COVID-19 Data.

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COVID-19 Status Update for 11/19/2020

The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published weekdays and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the local economy running. We remain here for you.

Marin County Avoids State-mandated Curfew by Staying in Red Tier 2

Governor Newsom’s mandated curfew announced today does not extend to Marin County. The state-ordered curfew applies to counties in the purple tier, or most restrictive tier, which is reserved for counties with the highest COVID-19 case rates. Marin remains in the red tier, and the County is not mandating a curfew as a local order.

“We’ve taken a lot of steps in the past week to control spread in Marin,” says Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. Marin County Public Health preemptively moved the county into the red tier last week, to tighten restrictions in response to rising case rates, and closed all indoor dining and bars. “The curfew is a step we may have to take eventually, but we need more time to see the impact of the measures we’ve just taken."

If case rates continue to increase in Marin, the county would move into the purple tier and the curfew would become mandatory. Currently, 95 percent of California residents live in counties in the purple tier. Marin County case rates—at 6 cases per 100 thousand residents per day—is approximately three times lower than current state averages. “We’re a bit of an outlier,” Willis said. “Thanks to our residents wearing masks, physical distancing, and limiting indoor activities we have the freedom to make these decisions locally at this point. As the holidays approach, we need to stay the course and do the hard work to slow the spread of the virus in our community. We urge people who are celebrating together to keep their gatherings outdoors and small.”

More information on how to celebrate safely can be found here.

Marin Offers Travel Guidance for College Students Returning Home for the Holidays

Many college students will be returning home to Marin County for the holidays.  At the same time, COVID-19 cases are rising across the region and nation. Families should take special precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Anyone traveling into the Bay Area is strongly recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, especially if travel-related activities put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19. These higher risk activities include:

  • Spending time within 6 feet of people you do not normally live with or while anyone around you was not wearing a face mask – especially if you were indoors.
  • Traveling on planes, buses, trains, public transportation, or other shared vehicles, if face masks  were not worn at all times by both you and the other people in the vehicle.

Take precautions while traveling. N95 or KN95 masks are more available in retail settings and airport gift shops and should be considered for the duration of travel. Wash your hands frequently and maintain your distance from other travelers when possible.

Additional Precautions for College Students

Testing within three days prior to traveling home is recommended, but a negative COVID-19 test alone is not a guarantee of safety for loved ones and the community. College-aged individuals who contract COVID-19 may lack symptoms, or be mildly symptomatic, and may inadvertently infect others.

If a student travels for a short period during the holiday, it is recommended that they quarantine for 7 days PLUS obtain a negative test at least 5 days after the end of travel, or 14 days without a test. If members of the household are at higher risk for more severe disease, added measures should be taken. Visiting elders out of doors, and mask use and physical distancing within the household, will help protect loved ones.

Seeing Friends and Family

Although we understand returning college students are eager to see their friends, we discourage casual socialization with friends indoors and in groups.

If at any time returning students or any member of the household develop symptoms, reach out immediately to your medical provider. Testing may be recommended. Visit the Marin County Coronavirus website for guidance on testing options and to get the most up-to-date information on travel guidelines.

Travel guidance for college students can be found here.

Watch this Video from Dr. Jei Africa on Celebrating Safely this Holiday Season both Physically and Mentally

Holidays can be stressful even without a pandemic in the mix. Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director, Dr. Jei Africa has put together a short video on selfcare during the holidays.

Marin Health & Human Services Dr. Jei Africa

Link: https://youtu.be/WbXUMzWw03k

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

5,249

+22

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

4,953

+18

Total Deaths

100

0

Current Hospitalizations

13

0

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

184

+1

Tests Conducted Among Marin Residents

178,401

+1370

* 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 Update

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

468

0

Positive Patients at Facilities current

13

0

Positive Staff at Facilities current

30

-3

Facility Patient Deaths

84

0

Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths

84%

0

State COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases

N/A

N/A

California Deaths

N/A

N/A

State figures were unavailable as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

Stay Informed

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