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COVID-19 Status Update for 11/28/2020

SPECIAL WEEKEND UPDATE - Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for November 28 includes a new Blueprint update from the California Department of Public Health; a statement in support of Santa Clara’s County’s new restrictions; and updated COVID-19 data.

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SPECIAL WEEKEND EDITION

 

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.

With rising COVID-19 cases across the Bay Area and new announcements today from the California Department of Public Health, we are issuing a special weekend edition of the Marin County COVID-19 Status Update to help equip you with the very latest information.  

 

 

Statement in Support of Santa Clara County’s New COVID Measures:

Health officers from four Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley today are expressing their support for Santa Clara County’s new health order restricting higher-risk activities to reduce the likelihood of hospitals becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Santa Clara County officials estimate that hospitals in their county will reach or exceed capacity in the coming weeks if they do not take decisive action to stem the spread of COVID.

Given their situation, Santa Clara County officials announced they would enact new rules for businesses and residents, which go into effect on Monday, Nov. 30.

The new rules reduce the number of customers allowed in stores at a given time, limit hotels to only essential travel and require travelers coming into Santa Clara County from distances greater than 150 miles to quarantine for 14 days. They also temporarily prohibit youth, collegiate, and professional contact sports in Santa Clara County.

While health officials in neighboring Bay Area counties say they haven’t reached the same critical point as Santa Clara, they may also have to take similar actions soon in order to preserve remaining regional hospital capacity to treat both COVID and non-COVID medical conditions, such as severe illnesses caused by flu.  A month ago, there were 262 people hospitalized with COVID in the Bay Area; as of yesterday, that number had nearly tripled to 759.

That’s why Health Officers in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco, and the City of Berkeley are expressing their unified support for Santa Clara County’s decision.

“COVID doesn’t care about borders or county lines. What is happening in Santa Clara County now may reach that level elsewhere in the Bay Area in the near future,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County’s Health Officer.

“We’ve gained so much ground in keeping Marin’s testing positivity and hospitalization rates low,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, Deputy Public Health Officer for Marin County. “We need to do what we can to keep our essential operations open. If we begin to see what Santa Clara is experiencing, this action can help protect the critical functions in our community including site-based school learning.”

Dr. Farnitano, Dr. Santora and other Health Officers urged people to continue taking basic safety precautions to protect themselves and others from COVID:

  • Wear face coverings when around people you don’t live with
  • Stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, limit yourself to essential activities, such as grocery shopping or getting healthcare
  • Avoid mixing with people from other households
  • Maintain physical distancing from others
  • Wash your hands regularly

 

 

State updates Blueprint county tiers; Marin retains Tier 2 status

Today, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated the Blueprint for a Safer Economy county tiers based on data from November 16 to November 22, 2020 (with a four-day lag). Typically, Blueprint updates are announced weekly on Tuesdays, but CDPH reserves the right to update Blueprint numbers more frequently, as needed.

Despite seeing an uptick in cases, Marin County retained its Tier 2 (“red”) status and is now the only county in the greater Bay Area to be out of Tier 1 (“purple status”), which is the most restrictive Tier of the blueprint.  CDPH’s November 28 analysis includes the following metrics for Marin County:  

  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 3.4
Overall Test Positivity Rate > 8% 5% to 8% 2% to 4.9% < 2% 1.5%

 

On August 28, the state introduced its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a four-tier framework by which counties are measured for loosening and tightening restrictions on social activities and business operations. Marin was initially placed in Tier 1, or purple status, and moved to Tier 2 on September 15 as its COVID-19 case figures improved. After achieving Tier 3 status on October 27, Marin moved back to Tier 2 on November 16 after seeing a rise in cases believed to be connected to Halloween festivities, private gatherings or other activities in opposition to current public health guidelines.

Further details about Marin’s Blueprint data can be found on our State Metrics for Marin County webpage.  

 

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

5,513

+ 51

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)

5,114

+ 8

Total Deaths

101

0

Current Hospitalizations

6

0

Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations

188

+ 1

Tests Conducted Among Marin Residents

193,244

+2,000

* Last status update was Friday, November 27.

 

Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity:

DATA TYPE

Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative

475

+ 2

Positive Patients at Facilities current

11

0

Positive Staff at Facilities current

18

- 2

Facility Patient Deaths

85

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

1,183,320

+11,996

California Deaths

19,089

+56

 

Stay Informed

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Contact Us. We Are Here for You.

Have questions?  We are here to help. Our call center is available weekdays from 9:30 AM to noon and 1:00 - 5:00 PM. 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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