Yes, mental health appointments can continue. Patients should consult with their practitioners to determine whether it is appropriate and feasible to conduct individual mental health appointments remotely.
All participants in group counseling services must attend meetings remotely if they are equipped to do so. Groups should make accommodations for remote support to the maximum extent feasible. If remote participation is not feasible or advisable under the circumstances, participation may occur in person provided that there is compliance with the social distancing requirements set forth in the Order, including maintaining at least 6 foot distance between individuals and capping group size to reduce in-person interactions.
The following resources are available to help people who may be experiencing distress or heightened anxiety right now:
- 24/7 Behavioral Health Recovery Services Access Line: (888) 818-1115
- 24/7 Crisis Stabilization Unit: (415) 473-6666
- 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255;
Linea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio (en Espanol): (888) 628-9454
- If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911 immediately
Isolation is when a person with COVID-19 stays away from everyone, including the people he/she lives with, in order to avoid getting others sick. A person must isolate for at least 10 days after the first symptoms AND be fever free for the most recent 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine), and other symptoms improve. If someone is COVID-19 positive, but without symptoms, they must isolate for at least 10 days from the date of their positive test.
Quarantine is when people who have come in contact with someone sick with COVID-19, they must stay at home until they know if they are sick. A person must quarantine for 10 days after the last contact with an infected person.
If you do not develop symptoms, your quarantine can end:
- On day 10 from when you were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19; OR
- On day 7 from when you were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19, IF you are tested for COVID-19 on day 5 or later AND the test result is negative.
If you are not able to avoid contact with a person with COVID-19, you must stay in quarantine until 10 days from when the person with COVID-19 completes their isolation period. Your quarantine period is likely to be at least 21 days total.
Please read Marin County’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety guidance document for important information and practical tips.
Visit the CDC for tips on managing stress and coping. Additional resources include:
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 (TTY 800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for 24/7 support.
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for 24/7 crisis support.
- California Suicide & Crisis Hotlines: Find phone numbers and links to all the suicide and crisis hotlines by county in California.
- 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255; En Espanol (888) 628-9454 Linea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
- California Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 1-855-845-7415 for 24/7 non-emergency support.
- The Friendship Line is available 24/7 as a crisis helpline for older adults: 800-971-0016 or you can text HOME to 741741 if you are feeling depressed, sad, or going through any kind of emotional crisis. A crisis worker will text you back immediately if you prefer text over the phone. This is a free service.
- Crisis Stabilization Unit: (415) 473-6666
- Mobile Crisis Team: (415) 473-6392
When people become worried or anxious, they sometimes look for reasons they believe cause their worries. For COVID-19, some people in the U.S. may be concerned about people who are living in or visiting areas where outbreaks occurred. This fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma. For example, there have been reports of stigma towards Chinese or other Asian Americans or people who were in quarantine. Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths.
Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem. In order to combat stigma, learn the facts about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Source: adapted from CDC.gov
People can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop stigma.
Please visit the CDC website for more information on how to stop stigma related to COVID-19.
Check in with your loved ones often. Virtual communication can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated. Consider connecting with loved ones by:
- Mailing letters or cards
- Text messages
- Video chat
- Social media
Visit the CDC for more information on what you can do.
Yes, blood banks, blood donation centers, and blood drives are exempt healthcare operations. If you are healthy and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you are encouraged to donate. The need for adequate blood donations from healthy people is critical.
All volunteer needs will be posted to the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership website and updated as needs arise. We strongly encourage you to volunteer with existing organizations and activities and follow their guidelines as well as those from the County Health Department.
If you are a licensed healthcare professional, you may become part of the Marin Medical Reserve Corps or the Marin County “Surge” Unit. More information is available on the Marin Medical Reserve Corps' website.
If you do not have PPE to donate but still wish to help, consider donating to Marin Community Foundation's COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The COVID-19 Relief Fund is being used to soften the social and economic impacts of the pandemic with five main efforts:
- Emergency rental assistance for low-income residents
- Expanded food for economically disadvantaged families
- Expanded meals for seniors
- Wi-Fi mobile access for economically disadvantaged students
- Emergency childcare for health care workers and emergency responders
“Neighbor-to-neighbor” assistance is reaching out to your neighbor(s) by phone, email, text, or going to their home to check on them, to see if there is anything they need that you are able to help them with, such as groceries. If you go to their home, please knock and back up 6 feet before they answer. Follow the safety guidelines above to keep vulnerable people safe. Try to connect people with official resources as much as possible.