For the most up-to-date information on local county schools and COVID-19, visit the Marin County Office of Education Rethinking Schools webpage and our Schools page and check out the School Status Dashboard for the most-up-to-date information on positive cases of COVID-19 in schools across the county.
Cold, influenza and COVID-19 symptoms can be similar. Regardless, keeping a child home that is sick or showing COVID-related symptoms is a good way to reduce the spread of colds and flu within schools. As for others in your household, if your child is showing symptoms, it is important to evaluate your child’s symptoms and possible exposures to COVID-19 when deciding whether other children in your household should stay home. For the most up-to-date information around when children need to isolate or quarantine, visit MCOE's Rethinking Schools website or our Schools page.
When should I keep my student home from school and what are the protocols for caregivers for my children as well should they also get sick?
Isolation & Quarantine guidance has changed as we have learned more about COVID-19 and its variants.
Visit the Marin County Office of Education's Rethinking Schools: A Public Health Guided Return to Site-Based Classroom Instruction in the Age of COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information around isolation and quarantine guidance for students.
Fever free for 24 hours and with improving symptoms.
**This guidance is for the general population: For school staff and students, follow the guidance of your doctor which may be specific to your individual health needs. In general, if you have symptoms, stay at home until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the aid of fever reducing medication) and 10 days after your symptoms have resolved.**
People may be sick infected with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- dry cough
- shortness of breath
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. However, if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 seek immediate medical attention. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Testing starts with your medical provider. Anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately call their medical provider and seek testing.
Your medical provider will want to test for possible conditions such as flu, strep, or pneumonia. If your doctor believes you are a candidate for testing, they will refer you to either Marin Public Health or a suitable test center to conduct the testing.
Marin County Public Health also recommends testing for some groups, even if they do not have symptoms, including:
- All persons who were notified that they were exposed to someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19; and
- All persons who were notified by Marin Public Health as being high risk based on outbreak investigations; and
- All essential public and private sector workers (cities and town workers included); and
- Certain occupations with higher risk of exposures, including some healthcare workers and first responders. Testing for these individuals is arranged through their employer.
Also, make sure to review our Testing webpage for information about what to do while waiting for your test results.
Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.
For more information about the moratorium, including application for funds and how to receive protection, please visit the county's Renter and Landlord Resources webpage. You may also call the Housing and Federal Grants Division at 415-473-7309 and visit the County of Marin's Emergency Rental Assistance Program website for more information and updates on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
No, the deadline for property taxes has not been extended. Throughout Marin County, 120 local public agencies rely on property tax revenues to maintain essential public services, especially during the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Property tax bills are mailed annually in late September and are payable in two installments. The first installment is due November 1 and must be paid on or before December 10, 2021 to avoid penalty. The second installment must be paid by April 10, 2022. Both installments may be paid with the first installment. Please read this press release for more information.
Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?
Yes. In response to increased vaccination rates (including boosters), visitation guidance has changed.
In an ongoing effort to ensure resident safety, and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable individuals, CDPH is requiring SNFs to develop and implement processes for verifying the vaccination status of all visitors seeking indoor visitation, and for obtaining and tracking documentation of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test of all unvaccinated visitors. In compliance with the Public Health Order issued February 7, 2022, beginning February 8, 2022, SNFs must verify visitors have completed an initial vaccination series or have provided evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, and within two days of visitation for PCR tests for indoor visitation. Visitors that are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated or are unable to show a negative SARS-CoV-2 test may only have an outdoor visit.
Visit the CDPH website to read the full guidance for visitation requirements in these settings.
Everyone who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for a minimum of 5 days. Those with symptoms may need to isolate longer.
Follow these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:
- Stay home for at least 5 days.
- Isolation can end on day 5 if symptoms are not present or resolving AND a test collected on day 5 or later is negative.
- If no test is taken, isolation can end on day 10 if symptoms are not present or resolving.
- If fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves.
- If symptoms other than fever are present, continue to isolate until they are resolving OR until after day 10.
- Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days (from date of positive test result or when symptoms began), especially in indoor settings.
- Positive WITH Symptoms (English) (Spanish)
- Positive WITHOUT Symptoms (English) (Spanish)
- Symptoms without Test (English) (Spanish)
TO CALCULATE YOUR ISOLATION PERIOD:
Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or the day of your positive test (if you are asymptomatic). Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms develop, or the first full day after your positive test if you do not experience symptoms. Isolation is a minimum five full days, and may extend depending on result of test on Day 5 or later. This means you could leave your house as early as Day 6. Still unsure? Use this isolation and quarantine calculator.
Please read the CDC Quarantine and Isolation webpage for more information and practical tips.
As defined by the CDC, a Person Under Investigation (PUI) is any person currently under investigation for having the virus that causes COVID-19. A PUI should be directed to COVID testing and quarantine under the guidance of their health care professional or Marin Public Health.
Source: CDC, Marin HHS
Many providers, such as CVS and Walgreens, provide testing for free or a small fee.
For more information or locations, visit our Testing page for more information.
- See if you’re eligible for Medi-Cal.
- See if you’re eligible for Covered California.
- See if you are eligible for care at a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center.
People who are identified as close contacts should follow CDC guidelines to protect themselves and others. People who have come into close contact with persons diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the recommendations outlined on the COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation web page.
All close contacts should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and promptly get tested and isolate away from others if symptoms develop. People with symptoms of COVID-19 should seek emergency medical care immediately if they develop emergency warning signs.
For more information about testing, visit the CDC testing webpage