Frequently Asked Questions

If your store has an entrance that opens directly to an adjacent sidewalk, street or alley, it may open for curbside pickup as long as it complies with the Site-Specific Protection Plan and the Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Curbside Retailers located at https://marinrecovers.com/retail/. If your store does not have an entrance that opens directly to the outside—i.e., if the only way to enter the store is by going through an indoor space—it may not open for curbside pickup at this time.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:52

All retail stores reopening to provide curbside pickup must prepare a Site-Specific Protection Plan and comply with the Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Curbside Retailers located at https://marinrecovers.com/retail/. As part of this plan, retail stores must ensure proper social distancing, including ensuring six-feet separation between all employees. The size of your store and your ability to ensure proper social distancing will determine how many employees may work in your store at one time.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:56

Operation of retail stores for curbside pickup applies only to the sale of goods and not the provision of services. So you may sell goods at the door, but you cannot exchange shoes to be repaired at this time.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:24

No. At this time, retail stores are only open for curbside pickup. Customers may not enter retail stores for any reason.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:00

No.  Retail stores are only open for curbside pickup.  Retail stores may not display items for sale on the curb.  Displaying items for sale outside may encourage congregation, which could increase the spread of COVID-19.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:02

The new health order supersedes the May 15 order. This Order lifts all of the Prior Order’s restrictions related to motorized access to outdoor recreation areas within Marin County (“the County”), leaving it to local jurisdictions to allow, limit or prohibit motorized access to those areas as appropriate in order to slow the transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).  In addition, portions of park facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering – including playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, benches, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, and barbeque areas – will remain closed.

Residents are strongly encouraged to verify the status of local parks and remaining restrictions with their local jurisdictions. Marin County Parks has curated a status list of its park locations in Marin County. In addition, One Tam maintains a similar page covering regional, state, and federal recreational lands.

 

Last Updated 06/01/2020 - 15:21

Campgrounds remain closed to overnight visitors.  You may visit campgrounds to engage in outdoor recreation (hiking, biking, etc.) or visit an outdoor business.  Under the May 15th Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Allowing Motorized Access to Certain Parks and Open Spaces, and Directing Others Remain Closed to Motorized Access, you may drive to most campgrounds for these purposes.  You must follow Social Distancing Requirements when visiting campgrounds.  Areas that encourage congregating, including picnic areas, fire pits, and barbeque areas remain closed.  Please note that campgrounds in the following Park Facilities remain closed to motorized access: 

  • all beaches along the Pacific Ocean,  
  • Point Reyes National Seashore,  
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods National Monument),  
  • Mount Tamalpais State Park,  
  • Tomales Bay State Park,  
  • Samuel P Taylor State Park,  
  • Chicken Ranch Beach,  
  • Bolinas Lagoon, 
  • and all Marin Municipal Water District lands.   
Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:37

You should wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap and water.  An easy way to “time” your hand washing is to sing the “happy birthday song twice.

This video is a good illustration of the proper handwashing technique.

Source:  CDC, David Gravelle

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:11

If you feel sick, even after a negative test result, you should take precautions, including isolating yourself in order to protect others.

 

CDC expects that widespread U.S. transmission of COVID-19. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. You should continue to practice all the protective measures recommended to keep yourself and others free from illness. See “How to Protect Yourself” on the CDC website.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:11

On April 17, Marin County Public Health announced a public health order requiring the use of face coverings when completing essential activities. This order, which remains in effect, requires most individuals to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Any child aged two years or less must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation. The Order does not require that any child aged twelve years of less wear a face covering.  

Wearing a face covering is recommended but not required while engaged in outdoor recreation such as walking, hiking, bicycling, or running.  But each person engaged in such activity must comply with Social Distancing Requirements including maintaining at least six feet of separation from all other people to the greatest extent possible.   

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:56

An Emergency Rental Assistance program is available for people who are at risk of homelessness due to a loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any Marin county resident who is at risk of homelessness due to income loss may apply. Priority will be given to households with income of 30% or less of the Area Median Income rate ($139,400 for a family of four).

Visit the Emergency Rental Assistance Program website for more information on the program and how to apply for assistance. 

The program is operated by Marin Health and Human Services with support from the County of Marin and Marin Community Foundation.  Funding assistance is administered by Ritter Center, Adopt a Family Marin, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, North Marin Community Services, and Community Action Marin (in partnership with Canal Alliance, Women Helping All People and West Marin Community Services).

In addition, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/#top for information about California State financial assistance.

Last Updated 05/12/2020 - 21:30

You can do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Staying home, leaving as infrequently as possible and only for approved activities
  • Practicing social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a face cover when around others
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

 

Source: Marin HHS, CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:13

Children under 2 years old must not wear a face covering. They may suffocate.

Children 3 to 12 years old are not required to wear a face covering or mask. If they do, they should be supervised by an adult. Supervision may look different based on the age and maturity of the child. For some children, having a discussion may be enough.  For younger children, parents and caretakers should be present during use by the child. Parents and caregivers should use their judgement.

Last Updated 05/28/2020 - 17:07

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19.

Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.

  • Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
  • There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
  • Testing results may be helpful to inform decision-making about who you come in contact with.

Decisions about testing are based on a variety of factors including risk factors for serious illness, age, occupation, local epidemiology, and where the person is in their illness.

Clinicians should work with Marin HHS to coordinate testing through public health laboratories, or work with clinical or commercial laboratories. All test results should be reported back to Marin HHS.

Visit CDC’s COVID-19 Testing Guidance for more information.  Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Source:  Marin HHS, CDC

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:20

Face coverings that can be reused (e.g., bandana, washable cloth masks) should be washed with hot water and dried before reusing again.  We actually encourage the use of washable masks because hospital grade masks are difficult to obtain because they are in high demand. Remember to wash your hands after handling any used face coverings that have not yet been washed. 

If you choose to use one-time use face coverings (e.g., surgical masks), those should be disposed in a garbage receptacle.  This would include any gloves you choose to wear.  Remember to wash your hands after removing your gloves.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:18

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19.

Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.

  • Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
  • There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
  • Testing results may be helpful to inform decision-making about who you come in contact with.

Decisions about testing are based on a variety of factors including risk factors for serious illness, age, occupation, local epidemiology, and where the person is in their illness.

Clinicians should work with Marin HHS to coordinate testing through public health laboratories, or work with clinical or commercial laboratories. All test results should be reported back to Marin HHS.

Visit CDC’s COVID-19 Testing Guidance for more information.  Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Source:  Marin HHS, CDC

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:20

In epidemiology, the curve refers to the projected number of new cases over a period of time.

 

In contrast to a steep rise of coronavirus infections, a more gradual uptick of cases will see the same number of people get infected, but without overburdening the health-care system at any one time.

 

The idea of flattening the curve is to stagger the number of new cases over a longer period so that people have better access to care.

 

20200319 Flattening the curve

 

Source:  CDC, New York Times

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:14

If you know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 you should quarantine yourself in your home and contact your healthcare provider.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, call (415) 473-7191.

Even if your healthcare provider decides you do not need to be tested, you should remain quarantined until 15 days after your exposure to make sure you do not develop symptoms.

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 15:05

ISOLATION separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick:

  • COVID-19 positive people must isolate

QUARANTINE separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms:

  • Close contacts of COVID-19 positive people must quarantine
Last Updated 05/22/2020 - 12:31

It currently takes 2-5 business days to get the results from a COVID-19 test.  Depending on your testing location, a Marin County Public Health Nurse or your doctor will call you with your test results. 

While you are waiting on your results, you must self-quarantine:

  • Do not leave your home:  Except for a medical emergency, you should not leave your home.  A household member or friend should handle any outside activities that are allowed under the shelter-in-place order, such as grocery shopping.
  • Quarantine yourself to a small space in your home: If possible, designate a room and bathroom that only you will use until you know your test results.  The smaller the area, the easier it will be to disinfect it properly.

For detailed guidance see Post-Test Isolation Guidance.

If you test positive, a Marin County Public Health representative will contact you to conduct a contact tracing investigation.  This investigation identifies any close contacts who are at high risk of exposure and will need to isolate from others and be tested for COVID-19.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:20

It currently takes 2-5 business days to get the results from a COVID-19 test.  Depending on your testing location, a Marin County Public Health Nurse or your doctor will call you with your test results. 

While you are waiting on your results, you must self-quarantine:

  • Do not leave your home:  Except for a medical emergency, you should not leave your home.  A household member or friend should handle any outside activities that are allowed under the shelter-in-place order, such as grocery shopping.
  • Quarantine yourself to a small space in your home: If possible, designate a room and bathroom that only you will use until you know your test results.  The smaller the area, the easier it will be to disinfect it properly.

For detailed guidance see Post-Test Isolation Guidance.

If you test positive, a Marin County Public Health representative will contact you to conduct a contact tracing investigation.  This investigation identifies any close contacts who are at high risk of exposure and will need to isolate from others and be tested for COVID-19.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:20

Even people without symptoms can have COVID-19 and give it to others. It’s important to get tested to help protect the people who you live, work, and interact with so they don’t get the virus. For adults over 65 and people with certain health conditions, being exposed to COVID-19 could be deadly. Testing is one of the best ways to protect our community and our loved ones from getting sick or dying from COVID-19.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:21

You should wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap and water.  An easy way to “time” your hand washing is to sing the “happy birthday song twice.

This video is a good illustration of the proper handwashing technique.

Source:  CDC, David Gravelle

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:11

If you feel sick, even after a negative test result, you should take precautions, including isolating yourself in order to protect others.

 

CDC expects that widespread U.S. transmission of COVID-19. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. You should continue to practice all the protective measures recommended to keep yourself and others free from illness. See “How to Protect Yourself” on the CDC website.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:11

On April 17, Marin County Public Health announced a public health order requiring the use of face coverings when completing essential activities. This order, which remains in effect, requires most individuals to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Any child aged two years or less must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation. The Order does not require that any child aged twelve years of less wear a face covering.  

Wearing a face covering is recommended but not required while engaged in outdoor recreation such as walking, hiking, bicycling, or running.  But each person engaged in such activity must comply with Social Distancing Requirements including maintaining at least six feet of separation from all other people to the greatest extent possible.   

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:56

Yes. Your personal information will not be not shared.

Test results are only shared with the referring healthcare provider and Marin Public Health. 

Marin Public Health does not release any identifying information about individuals.  The only information publicly reported is age range, race and gender.  That information is shared on Marin's Coronavirus Data Page in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:20

You can do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Staying home, leaving as infrequently as possible and only for approved activities
  • Practicing social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a face cover when around others
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

 

Source: Marin HHS, CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:13

If you know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 you should quarantine yourself in your home and contact your healthcare provider.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, call (415) 473-7191.

Even if your healthcare provider decides you do not need to be tested, you should remain quarantined until 15 days after your exposure to make sure you do not develop symptoms.

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 15:05

Children under 2 years old must not wear a face covering. They may suffocate.

Children 3 to 12 years old are not required to wear a face covering or mask. If they do, they should be supervised by an adult. Supervision may look different based on the age and maturity of the child. For some children, having a discussion may be enough.  For younger children, parents and caretakers should be present during use by the child. Parents and caregivers should use their judgement.

Last Updated 05/28/2020 - 17:07

We recommend leaving your children at home in the care of another adult. If you have no other option, you are welcome to bring your child.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:24

When a COVID-19 case is confirmed, our Public Health team conducts a contact investigation (also known as contact tracing), which focuses on identifying, testing and isolating people with high or medium risk of infection from a confirmed case. The contact investigation will review the places and people the confirmed cases may have come into contact with during the time the case would have been infectious. Any people or places believed to be high or medium risk will then be contacted to proceed with testing and isolation.

Below is a table from the CDC, clarifying the types of exposure that might lead to infection. Most importantly, the CDC clarifies brief encounters in the community do not carry significant risk.

Risk Level Exposures Identified Through Contact Investigation
No Identifiable Risk Interactions with a person who has symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 that do not meet any of the high-, medium-, or low-risk conditions below, such as walking by the person or being briefly in the same room.
Low Risk Being in the same indoor environment (e.g., classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, but not meeting the definition of closed contact
Medium Risk
  • Close contact with a person laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19
  • On an aircraft, being seated within 6 feet of a traveler with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection (approximately two seats in any direction)
  • Living in the same household as, and intimate partner of, or caring for a person in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) to a person with symptomatic-laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infection while consistently using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation
High Risk Living in the same household as, being an intimate partner of, or providing care in a nonhealthcare setting (such as a home) for a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection without using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation

If believe you have experienced a high or medium risk exposure to someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine yourself in your home and contact your healthcare provider.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, call (415) 473-7191.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

(Table source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control)

Last Updated 05/23/2020 - 13:20

Anyone who is in close contact or thinks they have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible.

 

For those who will be sharing the same household and are able to quarantine at home, the Public Health staff will give advice on how to stay safe and how long to stay home. 

 

Once someone is recovered, if the rest of the household contacts are negative, it is safe for the person to return home and/or resume normal household activities.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:34

Face coverings that can be reused (e.g., bandana, washable cloth masks) should be washed with hot water and dried before reusing again.  We actually encourage the use of washable masks because hospital grade masks are difficult to obtain because they are in high demand. Remember to wash your hands after handling any used face coverings that have not yet been washed. 

If you choose to use one-time use face coverings (e.g., surgical masks), those should be disposed in a garbage receptacle.  This would include any gloves you choose to wear.  Remember to wash your hands after removing your gloves.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:18

Yes. Your personal information will not be not shared.

Test results are only shared with the referring healthcare provider and Marin Public Health. 

Marin Public Health does not release any identifying information about individuals.  The only information publicly reported is age range, race and gender.  That information is shared on Marin's Coronavirus Data Page in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:20

In epidemiology, the curve refers to the projected number of new cases over a period of time.

 

In contrast to a steep rise of coronavirus infections, a more gradual uptick of cases will see the same number of people get infected, but without overburdening the health-care system at any one time.

 

The idea of flattening the curve is to stagger the number of new cases over a longer period so that people have better access to care.

 

20200319 Flattening the curve

 

Source:  CDC, New York Times

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:14

ISOLATION separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick:

  • COVID-19 positive people must isolate

QUARANTINE separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms:

  • Close contacts of COVID-19 positive people must quarantine
Last Updated 05/22/2020 - 12:31

A nurse from Marin County Public Health will contact you and give you instructions on how to protect yourself and your family or anyone else in your household.

If you test positive, even if you do not feel sick, you should immediately isolate yourself in a room of your home away from anyone else you live with. 

Follow your healthcare provider’s advice and take all hygiene and disinfectant precautions to prevent anyone else from getting sick.  See the Quarantine and Isolation guidance for details.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:32

No – that would be discrimination.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:35

A nurse from Marin County Public Health will contact you and give you instructions on how to protect yourself and your family or anyone else in your household.

If you test positive, even if you do not feel sick, you should immediately isolate yourself in a room of your home away from anyone else you live with. 

Follow your healthcare provider’s advice and take all hygiene and disinfectant precautions to prevent anyone else from getting sick.  See the Quarantine and Isolation guidance for details.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:32

While not common, sometimes a person can get a false negative test result. This could be for a number of reasons including that the person was infected very shortly before the test so there was not enough of a viral load the body to trigger a positive result.

If you continue feeling sick or develop symptoms after the test you should isolate yourself and contact your healthcare provider.

For detailed guidance see Post-Test Isolation Guidance

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:18

While not common, sometimes a person can get a false negative test result. This could be for a number of reasons including that the person was infected very shortly before the test so there was not enough of a viral load the body to trigger a positive result.

If you continue feeling sick or develop symptoms after the test you should isolate yourself and contact your healthcare provider.

For detailed guidance see Post-Test Isolation Guidance

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:18

Individuals without symptoms who get a positive test result will need to isolate for 14 days. It takes at least 14 days of isolation and 72 hours without symptoms to be considered recovered.

Last Updated 05/26/2020 - 10:32

Marin Public Health's team of "contact investigators" play a crucial role in the COVID-19 response. This practice is commonly referred to as contact tracing.

When a person tests positive for COVID-19, the team calls the person to gather a list of close contacts who are at high risk of exposure. Everyone on that list is then contacted to arrange for testing and quarantine in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.  While these close contacts are awaiting test results, they are commonly referred to as a Person Under Investigation (PUI).

In addition to gathering a list of close contacts, the contact investigation team evaluates symptoms and provides education regarding quarantine and/or isolation for COVID-19 infected persons, PUIs and any members of their households.

Here is some additional information from Marin's Public Health Officer about how contact tracing works and why it is important.

Last Updated 05/23/2020 - 13:31

Have “no contact” delivery for food where the delivery person leaves the food outside.  Immediately remove food from carry bags and dispose of bags properly.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:47

Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed and encouraged to operate. When possible, you should have prescription medicines and healthcare supplies delivered to your home. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:57

Outdoor recreation facilities that are not expressly prohibited by the Order, such as golf courses, skate parks, and athletic fields, are permitted to open only if they comply with any restrictions on access and use that are established by the Health Officer, another government agency, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19.

However, use of outdoor recreational areas and facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, including, but not limited to, playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, spas, and barbecue areas, is prohibited outside of residences, and all such areas shall be closed to public access including by signage and, as appropriate, by physical barriers.

Below is a list of recreational facilities that may reopen with restrictions:

  • Tennis Courts:  Must follow the following requirements
    • Tennis may only be played between members of the same household or living unit OR between a maximum two single individuals outside of the same household or living unit.
    • Players may only use outdoor courts, as any outdoor businesses, including tennis clubs, must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public in outdoor spaces.  Indoor portions of tennis clubs must generally be closed to the public and all sales must take place outdoors.
    • Stay at least six feet apart from other players and comply with all social distancing requirements outlined in the local Health Officer’s Orders.
    • No equipment is to be shared between players, including tennis balls and racket.
    • Each player will mark their balls with clear and unique markings.
    • Players will only serve and touch their own tennis balls. When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racket, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice.
    • All court gates will be roped off (when closed) or left open (during hours of court operation) to prevent touching.
    • All stationary furniture, such as benches, will be roped off to prevent congregating and touching.
    • All court entrances must be equipped with signage communicating CDC and county guidelines and expectations.
    • All players over the age of 12 are encouraged to wear a face mask during play pursuant to the Health Officer’s Face Covering Order.
    • When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racket, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice.
    • Players should arrive to the facility no more than ten minutes prior the time expected to play leave the facility immediate after play, and no extra-curricular or social activity should take place.
    • Reservation systems, which provide an additional means to limit capacity, usage, and congregation, shall be used whenever possible.
    • Where possible, each facility should be clearly marked with designated paths of travel.
    • All moveable furniture will be stacked, roped off, or removed from the area to prevent congregating and touching.
    • All stationary furniture will be roped off to prevent congregating and touching.
    • All water dispensers will be removed or roped off to prevent touching.
    • Players over the age of 12 and/or staff a are required to wear a mask, pursuant to the Health Officer’s Face Covering Orden when not actively playing.
    • For private clubs: make disinfectant soap, hand sanitizers or wipes available at all main contact points.

 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 13:37

Under the April 28 Shelter-In-Place Order (effective May 3, 2020), all construction projects can resume, provided they comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols issued as part of the Order. (These protocols replace the COVID-19 Construction Field Safety Guidelines applicable to the Prior Order).

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 13:21

Help us obtain PPE and supplies for our healthcare workers

The American Medical Association is already working with manufacturers to increase the production and distribution of PPE to healthcare workers across the country. Therefore, we’re not asking residents to try and purchase new PPE for donation purposes.  However, if you have excess inventory of PPE to you wish to donate to support our health care and first responder workers, please fill out our online donation form.  Alternatively, donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at The Salvation Army (351 Mission Avenue, San Rafael).

We are accepting the following items in new, unopened boxes only: 
•    N95 masks 
•    Surgical masks
•    Isolation masks 
•    Disposable gowns 
•    Latex gloves 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept homemade masks.  Please keep those for yourself, your family or a neighbor! 

Donate to help with COVID-19 relief efforts in Marin County

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 fund will be allocated over the next two months 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

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:23

Car washes that qualify as outdoor businesses under the Order may open.  An outdoor business is a business that operated primarily outdoors prior to March 16, 2020, and that has the ability to fully maintain social distancing of at least six feet between all persons. Outdoor businesses must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public outdoors. This means that if a car wash includes an indoor facility that typically serves the public, that indoor facility must be closed to the public.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:27

A comprehensive glossary of public health and epidemiology terms can be found at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website.

 

 Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:09

We do not currently know if pregnant people have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Based on available information, pregnant people seem to have the same risk as adults who are not pregnant.

However, we do know that

  • Pregnant people have changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections.
  • Pregnant people have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza.

 

Source: CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:23

Individuals may continue to responsibly access Park Facilities that are local to their residences and readily accessible by foot, bicycle or other non-motorized means for the purpose of engaging in Essential Activities including outdoor exercise. Read the full order details.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:33

Thanks to the collective effort and sacrifice of the 7 million residents across the Bay Area, we have made progress in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, ensuring our hospitals are not overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases and saving lives. This progress allows us to ease some restrictions to allow lower-risk outdoor businesses, outdoor activities and curbside retail, so long as they strictly comply with social distancing requirements and other protections in the Order.  

The April 29th Order also added certain business activities to the essential business list, including construction and commercial real estate transactions—that have become critical as we gradually head into a period of expanded economic activity in which more space to accommodate increased social distancing will be necessary.  

However, at this stage of the pandemic, we need to maintain many restrictions of shelter-in-place so that we do not lose the progress we have achieved. Lifting too many restrictions too soon could easily lead to a large surge in cases and result in avoidable hospitalizations and deaths, and it may also lead to longer-term economic harms. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:21

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.

 

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 

In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

 

Source:  CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:48

Facilities providing healthcare operations, such as a dental facility, optometrist, orthodontist or physical therapist are permitted to operate under the Order.  However, it is recommended that such facilities follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in providing any services. The CDC recommends that dental facilities postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits. Dentists should refer to guidance that is available on the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html and the CDPH guidance including guidance published on April 27, 2020 - Resuming California’s Deferred and Preventive Health Care. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 13:27

Restaurant, café, coffee or tea shop, ice cream shop, or other foodservice location: Only to pick up food.  You cannot dine, eat, or drink in or around the facility.  These facilities can also deliver.

 

Walking/Biking for Exercise: The Order allows you to go outside for exercise activities like walking and running, as long as you strictly follow social distancing requirements including maintaining a distance of six feet from everyone outside your household, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with a fever or cough. Exercise should be sought close to home. Access to parks and open space is limited to non-motorized access only.

 

Places of Worship: For your safety as well as the safety of your fellow worshippers, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.  Places of worship may offer remote access to services, such as emails, video streaming, or teleconference.

 

Bars, Nightclubs, Theaters: Entertainment venues are not allowed to operate.

 

Home Deliveries: Friends, family, or others pick up the items you need.  You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your home. All deliveries are recommended to be “no contact” delivery where items are left outside your home.

 

Laundry Facilities:  It is allowed to go to laundromats. However, it is important to practice social distancing and take care to touch as little as possible.  It is recommended to take clean clothes home to fold in order not to contaminate them on potentially dirty surfaces at the laundromat.

 

Home service workers can keep providing services in homes if they are essential to health, safety, sanitation, or the necessary operation of the home. Generally, this means that plumbing, pest control, important maintenance (to, for example, fix a water leak or a faulty wire), or similar services needed to maintain a safe and sanitary home are allowed.  Purely cosmetic or other non-essential home services for general upkeep are not allowed and should be put off.  Home-based care for children, adults, seniors, and pets is also allowed under the Order.  

Visiting loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facilities: Generally this is not allowed. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities except at the end-of-life. This is difficult, but necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients. More info: https://www.marinhhs.org/sites/default/files/files/public-health-updates/ph_alert_hospitalvisitation_02020315.pdf

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:02

California Volunteers Resources https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:19

The Order allows all construction projects that are permitted under the March 19, 2020 Order of the California State Public Health Officer (the “State Shelter Order”), as long as the projects comply with the Construction Safety Protocols listed in Appendices B1 and B2 of the Order. Once they comply with the Construction Safety Protocols, construction sites do not also need to post a Site-Specific Protection Plan.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:20

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. 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.

 

Source:   CDC

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:13

Houses of Worship are not physically open for congregational activities at this time.  Check with your church, synagogue or other house of worship to see if it has virtual, online services.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:34

Outdoor recreation such as swimming, sailing, kayaking or paddleboarding in the bay or the ocean is allowed by the Order. However, individuals may access the bay or ocean for such outdoor activities only if they comply with any restrictions on access and use that are established by the Health Officer, another government agency, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19.  

If you can access the bay or ocean in compliance with the Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Allowing Motorized Access to Certain Parks and Open Spaces, and Directing Others Remain Closed to Motorized Access, you can utilize the water as you would a park or trail for recreational activities. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:18

Both the CDC and California State COVID Response Website have comprehensive resources to help you:

California COVID-19 Resources: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/#top

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:05

You won’t get in trouble if you go to work. The Order allows nannies and childcare providers caring for a child in the child’s own home to continue working.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:07

You can walk your dog but you cannot use dog parks.  Be sure that you distance yourself at least six feet from others who are not part of your household.  

 

You can take your pet to the veterinarian or pet hospital. Please call first to determine if the vet has any restrictions in place.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:04

The US Small Business Administration has compiled a list of resources to help small businesses facing financial challenges due to COVID-19. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:21

All recycling facilities may operate, including but not limited to those providing for recycling of beverage containers, scrap metal, used oil, construction and demolition debris, and any other materials that can be, or are required to be, recycled by the State of California. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:39

Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and should stay at home. They should isolate themselves in a separate room/bathroom for at least 7 days after the first symptoms AND at least 3 days after they are fever free (without fever-reducing medicine), AND respiratory symptoms (like cough and shortness of breath) improve. 

Care at home incudes bed rest, fluids, and over the counter fever reducing medicine.

 

If the person develops emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. 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.

 

While anyone in the home has, or thinks they may have, COVID-19, everyone in the home should quarantine and ensure rigorous cleaning and disinfection steps are taken every day.

 

For more information please read Marin County’s:

 

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:46

Information and Assistance - for older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers: 415-457-INFO (415-457-4636). 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:29

Outdoor recreation facilities that are not expressly prohibited by the Order, such as golf courses, are permitted to open only if they comply with any restrictions on access and use that are established by the Health Officer, another government agency, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19. 

However, golfers and golf course operators must follow the provisions outlined in the Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices for Golf Courses and Racket Clubs located at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/required-best-practices-golf-courses-and-racket-clubs-51520

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:14

Both the CDC and California State COVID Response Website have comprehensive resources to help you:

California COVID-19 Resources: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/#top

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:06

Yes, it does, except for the following “Minimum Basic Operations,” which are defined in the following excerpt from section 15.g of the Order: 

  1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain and protect the value of the business’s inventory and facilities; ensure security, safety, and sanitation; process payroll and employee benefits; provide for the delivery of existing inventory directly to residences or businesses; and related functions. For clarity, this section does not permit businesses to provide curbside pickup to customers.
  2. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate owners, employees, and contractors of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and to ensure that the business can deliver its service remotely.

Other than to maintain minimum basic operations, your employees can only work remotely from their residences. Any employees who are onsite must strictly follow the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another (unless incompatible with the job duty), frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, as required in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020Order and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

You must also prepare, post, and implement a Site- Specific Safety Plan (see section 15.h and Appendix A of the Order) for any facility where you are carrying out minimum basic operations, and you must provide a copy of that protocol to each employee.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 13:48

You can leave your house to travel for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, Minimum Basic Operations, Outdoor Activities, and Outdoor Businesses listed in the Order . You may at this time drive to a park for Outdoor Activities if you can access the area in compliance with the Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Allowing Motorized Access to Certain Parks and Open Spaces, and Directing Others Remain Closed to Motorized Access.  \ 

Travel that is not allowed: 

  • Traveling to 2nd home  

  • Traveling for vacation  

  • Any non-essential travel in and out of County 

Guidance on Leaving the Bay Area for Vacation 

Traveling runs the risk of spreading the virus to other areas and exposing new populations. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19, if there are other travelers with coronavirus infection. The Order requires that you shelter in your place of residence. If you leave the Bay Area for vacation or another reason that is not an essential purpose exempt under the Order, then you may not be permitted to return to your residence. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you do decide to travel, be sure to take steps to help prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:30

The County of Marin has a comprehensive list of support, including unemployment filing instructions, at https://www.marincounty.org/residents/health-wellness/benefits-and-job-assistance.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:25

Yes. Composting facilities may operate and composting activities may take place. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:40

NSAIDs can be useful to control a fever and are a frequent at-home treatment for COVID-19.
Neither the World Health Organization or FDA has warned about the use of NSAIDs for COVID-19. Common over-the-counter NSAIDs include:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)

Source: WHO, FDA

Last Updated 05/22/2020 - 12:33

For assistance, please contact the Disability Rights California confidential intake line at 1-800-776-5746, available 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday or For TTY call: 1-800-719-5798.

 

Disability Rights California can help you if:

  • You have questions about your legal rights during an outbreak.
  • Are seeing information that is not accessible from other agencies.
  • Feel you are experiencing an extra layer of disability discrimination during this time.
  • We can talk to you about your questions, determine how we can help, and get you the information that you need.
Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:34

No, use of shared spaces or facilities with high-touch surfaces is still not permitted under the Order even if the number of individuals allowed to use those spaces is limited.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 13:46

It is important to clean and disinfection your home frequently: 

  • Clean and disinfect any surfaces you touch. Disinfect household surfaces every day. These surfaces include counters, toilets, TV remotes, phones, doorknobs, etc. To properly clean:
  • Use EPA approved disinfectant: This chart lists all approved disinfectants that kill the COVID-19 virus.

If you do not have an EPA approved disinfectant, you can use a solution of 1/3 cup household bleach to one gallon of water. Leave the solution on the surface for five minutes to disinfect properly.

Carefully follow cleaning instructions: The amount of time a disinfectant should stay on a surface will depend on the product.  The time can vary from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.  Read the instructions on the container to know how to properly kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

Clean dirty surfaces with detergent or soap and water before disinfecting them.

Use precautions when washing soft surfaces:  

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling potentially infected laundry.  If disposable gloves are not available, disinfect the outside of reusable gloves before removing them.
  • Do not shake laundry before putting in the washing machine to avoid dispersing any virus into the air.
  • Use the warmest water setting possible (based on the manufacturer's care instructions). Thoroughly dry all clothing.
  • Clean and disinfect clothing hampers the same way you would clean and disinfect other hard surfaces.
  • It is OK to wash clothes/sheets from the isolation area with other clothes/sheets but keep isolation area laundry separate until you plan to do laundry.

Sources: Marin HHS, CDC, EPA

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:13

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

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:08

For retail businesses that fall within section 15.f.ii of the Order (stores that sell food, hygienic items, and certain household consumer products), if at least 25% of the total floor area your store regularly used for product sales is currently occupied by the products identified in section 15.f.ii, then the store may remain open to the public. For stores that fall within the other categories of essential businesses, if more than 50% of the total floor area regularly used for product sales is currently occupied by products associated with that essential business category, then the store may remain open to the public. The section of the Order stating that businesses with both essential and non-essential components must "scale down their operations to the Essential Business component only" does not apply to retail stores.  Under the May 15th Health Order, retail businesses that can provide curbside retail are permitted to open but must have a Site-Specific Protection Plan and follow the Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Curbside Retailers located at ____________.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 13:42

Yes, if you are a medical provider your office is encouraged to remain open. Under the Order, all medical services, including routine and preventive care, are considered essential. This includes, but is not limited to, mental health services, immunizations, well-woman exams,  allergy shots, eye exams, physical therapy, and surgeries. With the exception of dental services, preventive and non-urgent care should generally not be deferred. Many visits involve exams or procedures that must be done in person, but practitioners are encouraged to conduct appointments remotely via phone or telemedicine when it is appropriate and feasible to do so. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:02

The CDC recommends avoiding using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:10

Please call Public Assistance Call Center (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks): 1-877-410-8817 or visit getCalFresh.org

Last Updated 06/02/2020 - 11:47

Yes, this is permissible construction activity and must comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols in Appendix B of the Order.  Businesses may also operate to manufacture distributed energy resource components, like solar panels. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:44

NOTE: The parks listed below are open for these services, even if they are closed to other visitors.

  • San Rafael: St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • San Rafael: Boyd Park
  • San Rafael: Library
  • San Rafael: Circle K/Burger King at Francisco East & Bellam
  • San Rafael: Ritter Center
  • Novato: Binford Road
  • Novato: Taco Bell on Rowland
Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:35

No. For apartment dwellers, the Order’s shelter-in-place requirements for the “household or living unit” means their own apartment unit, not the building or complex as a whole. Common recreational spaces shared with others in the apartment building or complex, like apartment gyms, barbecue areas, and roof decks, must be closed like any other public recreational space that contains high-touch equipment or encourages gathering. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:50

Childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs allowed to operate pursuant to Section 15 of the Health Officer Order may not use or access any high-touch facilities that are otherwise prohibited in Section 15 of the Health Officer Order unless those facilities are contained within the childcare establishment’s own property. For instance, a daycare can use a picnic area or playground that is contained in the daycare’s own yard, but a daycare cannot use a picnic area or playground anywhere outside of it own property; a swimming camp can use a pool located in its own building, but a swimming camp cannot use a pool located anywhere outside of its own property. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:47

Most grocery stores are cleaning carts and other items/areas in the store but you should also take precautions.  It is fine to wipe down shopping carts but be sure to read and follow the instructions of the product you are using – some require up to 4 minutes on a surface to kill viruses.  The most important thing that you can do is do not touch your face and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you return from shopping.

Additional helpful hints for safe grocery shopping include:

  • Think through if you really need to…are the items on your list nice to have or need to have?
  • If you do need to go, go when there will likely be the least number of people in the store. 
  • If you are a senior citizen or have health issues, check with your store – they may have special hours for you when the fewest number of people will be there
  • Make a list and plan your route so you are not walking back and forth, and you limit the time you are there

 

Source: CDC, Sunset Magazine

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:12

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.

 

Source:  CDC.gov

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:09

Yes, non-essential businesses may maintain minimum basic operations. This includes making deliveries of existing inventory to people’s homes.   

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:36

Yes, funeral home and mortuary providers can continue to operate to the extent necessary for the transportation, preparation, or processing of the remains. This means that any employee necessary for the transportation, preparation and / or processing of a body can continue to report to these facilities to carry out their work.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:24

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

 

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/covid19-guidance.html

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:13

To identify food resources in your area, visit:  https://foodlocator.sfmfoodbank.org/  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:25

Yes.  This work must comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols in Appendices B1 and B2 of the Order or the Site Specific Protection Plan in Appendix A, as applicable. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:41

Restrooms and phone charging are available when using the shower.

Call to schedule a shower: (415) 497-1318

  • Novato Downtown Streets Team
    • Monday / Wednesday, 6:00–8:40 am,
    • 816 State Access Road
    • Bus Route: 49
    • No appointment necessary this location only
  • San Rafael Health & Wellness Campus
    • Thursday, 6:00-8:10 am and Monday / Wednesday, 6:00–8:40 pm
    • 3270 Kerner Blvd
    • Bus Routes: 29, 35, 36
  • San Rafael Community Center on B Street
    • Monday / Thursday, 12:00–3:00 pm
    • 618 B St
  • Sausalito Marinship Park
    • Tuesday / Friday, 8:00–10:40 am
    • Testa Street at Marinship Way
    • Bus Routes: 71X, 30, 92
Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:36

Apartment residents should be allowed to access facilities that are required for household cleaning and sanitation needs. Owners of apartment buildings must enhance cleaning of high-touch surfaces in these areas, and residents must observe all social distancing requirements in the Order, including: maintaining at least 6 feet of separation from other people who are not part of their own household; washing their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time (or using hand sanitizer); coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve (not their hands); coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve (not their hands); wearing a face covering when out in public, as recommended in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 guidance, except if a face covering is not recommended for you (e.g., for children 12 and younger, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance); and avoiding using the shared facility if they are sick. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:58

Outdoor Businesses as defined under the Health Officer Order, including those businesses that formerly operated exclusively or primarily in public spaces, may open with all required and appropriate safeguards in place. Due to the nature of outdoor businesses operating exclusively or primarily in public spaces (i.e. outdoor boot camps, yoga in the park, outdoor photography or art classes, etc.), the number of individuals gathering for such an activity is strictly limited to 10 (including any instructors or business owners) at any given time.  This size limitation is due to the fact that individuals participating in such activities remain in close proximity to each other for prolonged periods of time, which increases inherent risks even though social distancing must be maintained at all times. No equipment (i.e. mats, weights, art supplies) may be shared or provided for short-term rental. 

The new health order lifts all of the Prior Order’s restrictions related to motorized access to outdoor recreation areas within Marin County (“the County”), leaving it to local jurisdictions to allow, limit or prohibit motorized access to those areas as appropriate in order to slow the transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).  In addition, portions of park facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering – including playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, benches, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, and barbeque areas – will remain closed.

Residents are strongly encouraged to verify the status of local parks and remaining restrictions with their local jurisdictions. Marin County Parks has curated a status list of its park locations in Marin County. In addition, One Tam maintains a similar page covering regional, state, and federal recreational lands.

Last Updated 06/02/2020 - 11:22

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:

  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Mailing letters or cards
  • Text messages
  • Video chat
  • Social media

Source: CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:11

An outdoor business is a business that was primarily operating outdoors prior to March 16, 2020, and that has the ability to fully maintain social distancing of at least six feet between all persons.  For retail businesses, this means that more than 50% of the total floor area regularly used for product sales was outdoors prior to March 16, 2020. The Order provides some examples of common outdoor businesses, such as plant nurseries, agricultural operations, and landscaping and gardening services.  Outdoor businesses, including outdoor retail businesses, must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public in outdoor spaces.  This means that if an outdoor business includes an indoor facility or indoor portion of its retail space that typically serves the public, that indoor facility or indoor portion of retail space must be closed to the public and all sales must take place outdoors. Employees may continue to use the indoor space as necessary and may bring products outdoors for the public.  Outdoor businesses must comply with the Order’s social distancing requirements and post a Site-Specific Protection Plan.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:30

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, meaning that is has not been previously identified so people have no immunity to it.   

Source:  CDC.gov 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 19:57

Visit the CDC “Protect Yourself” for the most up to date information.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:14

California issued a statewide moratorium on residential evictions for renters who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 related economic hardships. The moratorium went into effect on March 27 and is valid through May 31, 2020.​

If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to pay all or part of your rent, you should:

  • Explain your financial situation to your landlord and relay how much you are able to pay
  • Save all financial documents
  • Pay as much of your rent as you can

If your landlord is attempting to evict you for not paying rent and you took all of the above steps, contact a local legal aid provider.

You can find more California State financial assistance information at https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/#top.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:24

Yes. This work must comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols in Appendices B1 and B2 of the Order or the Site Specific Protection Plan in Appendix A, as applicable. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:01
  • San Rafael: Breakfast to go - St. Vincent de Paul Society 6:30 am-8:30am
  • San Rafael: Lunch to go - St. Vincent de Paul Society 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:36

Pet grooming businesses are permitted to operate, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on May 22, 2020, subject to the stated limitations and conditions:

These businesses may operate for curbside/outside exchange of animals only, customers may not enter the store or mobile grooming vehicle; Grooming must be performed in a manner in which the service providers and customers maintain compliance with all applicable social distancing and facial covering requirements at all times; and

These businesses must operate in strict compliance with the Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices for Pet Grooming Businesses.

The State of California has determined that it would be appropriate to allow these businesses to resume operation.  In addition, such services have low contact intensity. Opening these services should result in a limited increase in the number of people reentering the workforce and the overall volume of commercial activity and mitigation measures can meaningfully decrease the resulting public health risk.

Last Updated 05/28/2020 - 09:58

Public and private boat ramps may open exclusively for the purpose of facilitating motorized and non-motorized boat launching. No gatherings of any kind at or around boat ramps are permitted, use of picnic or barbeque areas remains strictly prohibited, and any access to other park facilities by way of boat ramps and their parking lots must be in compliance with the Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Allowing Motorized Access to Certain Parks and Open Spaces, and Directing Others Remain Closed to Motorized Access. Private business and local jurisdictions operating public boat ramps may continue to limit or prevent access to their boat ramps at their sole discretion. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:11

The risk of infection from delivered foods and items is low but there are things you can do to lessen the risk:

  • Have no contact deliveries where items are left outside your home rather than handed to you directly.
  • Use gloves to unpack. Dispose of packaging immediately in the trash or recycle bin before taking off gloves.

For non-perishable items, leave them in the garage or other out of the way area until you need them.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:23

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. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:40

Only auto dealerships that qualify as “outdoor business” or “additional businesses” as those terms are defined in the Order, may serve retail customers from their facilities as long as all business is provided outdoors.  (All auto dealerships may provide supply and repair services). 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:28

Novel simply means new, so novel coronavirus is the new virus from the coronavirus family. The official name of the virus is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) but that name is rarely used.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Source: World Health Organization

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:02

Visit the CDC  for tips on managing stress and coping.  Additional resources include: 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:32

Yes. State-mandated tests and operator inspections of underground storage tanks are essential activities and should continue under the Order. Repairs necessary to maintain the safety of underground storage tank systems and activities to respond to alarms and address unauthorized releases are also essential and should continue. All such work must be conducted in accordance with the Order, including adhering to social distancing requirements.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:50

The following Health (Medical) Clinics will be seeing patients on a limited basis due to COVID19 protocols:

  • Ritter (hours TBD)
  • Marin City Health and Wellness (hours TBD)
  • Marin Community Clinics; call 415-448-1500
Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:40

Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments are encouraged to remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery and carryout. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:30

All volunteer needs will be posted to the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) 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.

Visit www.cvnl.org/covid19help  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:13

Yes, funeral home providers and mortuaries may continue operating to the extent necessary to the transport, preparation, or processing of remains. This means that any employee necessary for the transport, preparation and/or processing of a body may continue to report to these facilities to conduct their work. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can cause animal-to-person infection.  If that happens, there is a risk that the virus can then spread person-to-person.   
 

We suspect this occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. 

Source:  CDC.gov 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 19:59

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease.

 

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

 

Visit the CDC to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fhigh-risk-complications.html

 

Source: CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:20

Visit the CDC COVID-19 information for tips on how to talk to children and teens about COVID-19. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:29

Governmental entities are strongly encouraged to complete Site-Specific Protection Plans for each of their facilities that remain open for any essential governmental functions, though the Order does not require them to do so. Just as with private businesses, Site-Specific Protection Plans assist governments in implementing risk reduction measures identified by the Health Officer, ensure that government agency staff and community members accessing government services are protected, and inform government employees and members of the public visiting the facilities about their respective responsibilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Each department or agency continuing to perform essential governmental functions at the workplace is encouraged to complete and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan for its facilities and post the plan where it is publicly visible.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:19

Ritter Center – Will be opening on Wednesday, 3/25 for case management

  • (In progress) Will be providing emergency financial assistance screenings over the phone
  • Public health/general information table coming Wednesday 3/25
Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:38

Schools, soup kitchens, food banks, and other entities that provide free or reduced priced food or meals to the public are encouraged to continue providing these services. You must pick up and take away the food or have it brought to you. Do not eat on the premises. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:37

Short-term equipment rentals, meaning the rental of any equipment where the renter is expected to return the equipment prior to the lifting of the Health Officer’s Shelter in Place Order, by Outdoor Businesses is not permitted at this time. This would include things like rentals of kayaks, paddles, paddle boards, life vests, golf clubs, etc.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:24

If you are a licensed healthcare professional, you may become part of the Marin Medical Reserve Corps or the Marin County “Surge” Unit.  Both of these opportunities are outlined in detail here: https://www.marinhhs.org/marin-county-medical-reserve-corps

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:14

Under the May 15th Order, businesses that manufacturer essential goods or goods sold by retail businesses providing curbside retail are permitted to open if they do not have more than 50 personnel on site in the facility at any one time and comply with all Social Distancing Requirements and have a Site-Specific Protection Plan

All other manufacturing businesses, can arrange for shipping or delivery of its existing inventory directly to residences or businesses as part of allowable minimum basic operations, but it cannot continue manufacturing these products within the County.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:28

There are a number of factors that determine how serious a disease is:  

  • R0 Number:  an estimate of how many people will be infected by a person with the disease 

  • Incubation time: the time from when a person was exposed to the disease and when they first show symptoms.  People can still transmit the disease to others during this time without even knowing they are sick. 

  • Hospitalization Rate: the percentage of people with the disease who will have severe illness that requires hospitalization.  

  • Case fatality rate: the percent of people with the disease who will die of it.  

To understand how serious COVID-19 is, it can be helpful to compare it to seasonal flu based on what we currently know about COVID-19:  

 

Flu 

COVID-19 

RO Number 

1.3 

2 – 2.5 

Incubation Time 

1-4 days 

1 – 14 days 

Hospitalization Rate 

2% 

19% 

Case Fatality Rate: 

.1% or less 

1 – 3.4% 

Sources:  CDC, WHO, NCBI 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 19:38

Visit the CDC “Protect Yourself” for the most up to date information.

Source: CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:21

Visit CDC for information to help you keep your children healthy.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:30

Yes. The Order allows you to go outside for exercise activities like walking and running, as long as you strictly follow social distancing requirements including maintaining a distance of six feet from everyone outside your household, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes wearing a face covering when out in public, as recommended in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 guidance, except if a face covering is not necessarily recommended for you (e.g., for children 12 and younger, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance); and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html). 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:14

To contact us for essential services, please call Public Health at 415-473-7191.

Note: this number is for non-medical questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm.

 

  • Adult Protective Services: 415-473-2774
  • Skilled Nursing/Assisted Living Ombudsman: 415-473-7446
  • Child Protective Services: 415-473-7153
  • Public Assistance Call Center (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks): 1-877-410-8817
  • General Relief: 415-473-3450
  • Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Access Line: 1-888-818-1115
  • Information and Assistance - for older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers: 415-457-INFO (415-457-4636)

Starting March 17, 2020, most County of Marin Health and Human Services offices and public spaces are closed. Please call ahead if you have an appointment or are required to be assisted in-person.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:39

In addition to banks and credit unions, money remittance services, check cashing services, money lenders, and similar financial institutions can operate.  For businesses that mix a financial service component with a retail or other component, only the financial service can be open. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:51

Grocery stores/farmers markets, etc.: Yes. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and similar food retail establishments are encouraged to remain open to provide food and pet supplies to the public. When visiting these establishments, please help retailers maintain six feet minimum distance between patrons, including by providing ample space while shopping and waiting in line.

Restaurants, food trucks, etc.: Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments may remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery and carryout. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers.

Restaurant Suppliers: Businesses that supply food goods and prepared meals to grocery stores and other food retailers are essential and may continue operating.   

Workplace Cafeterias: The cafeteria can operate like other food facilities.  It can serve food to the remaining employees, so long as the employees take the food away and do not eat it in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria must strictly follow the social distancing requirements in the Order.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:35

it is by phone, email, text, or 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.

NextDoor.com Help Map https://nextdoor.com/login/?next=/help_map

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:16

Plant nurseries that qualify as outdoor businesses or additional businesses that can provide curbside retail under the Order may open.  Nurseries operating as outdoor businesses must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public outdoors.  This means that if such a nursery includes an indoor facility or indoor portion of its retail space that typically serves the public, that indoor facility or indoor portion of retail space must be closed to the public, although employees may bring products outdoors. Nurseries operating as curbside retailers must follow the Health Officer guidance specific to curbside retailers.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:21

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.  This is similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.

 

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).  People can also be contagious before they show symptoms.

 

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to:

  • frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • clean and disinfect surfaces – particularly those that people frequently touch
  • social distance by staying at home as much as possible and remaining at least 6 feet away from others when not at home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when you go out in public
  • Remember to cover your cough or sneeze, then throw away used tissues and wash your hands
  • isolate yourself if you have symptoms or were in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.

 

Source:  CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 19:56
  • Costco (Novato): Tuesday’s and Thursday’s - 8am to 9am
  • Nugget Markets (Novato, Corte Madera and Tiburon): 7am daily
  • Safeway: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s - 7am to 9am
  • Target: Wednesday’s - 8am
  • Whole Foods: 8am - 9am daily

 

This is not meant to be a complete list of stores and this information is subject to change.  Please contact your local Marin retailer to verify if special shopping hours are available.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:23

Visit Marin County Office of Education for information on school closures.

In addition, MCOE offers Accessible Resources for Student Learning while schools are closed.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 17:20

If you will be outdoors and not in close contact with other people or using equipment that other people outside your household have touched, yes. Otherwise, no. Fitness centers, gyms, fitness equipment at parks, climbing walls, swimming pools, and other recreational and fitness facilities with equipment that lots of people touch or areas where people gather close together are closed. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:32

About Coronavirus

There are many types of coronavirus. Some are common and usually mild like the common cold. Others are more severe like SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome). A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. It means that people have no immunity (or protection) against the disease it causes. This novel coronavirus was identified in December 2019. The disease it causes is called COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).

Source: CDC.gov

For more information: see information about 2019 Novel Coronavirus on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 15:21

Most healthcare providers offer testing to patients who meet testing criteria. Anyone needing testing can start by reaching out to their primary care provider.

Marin Public Health has issued new guidance to all healthcare providers expanding the criteria for testing for the virus.

Find a Testing Location

There are multiple testing options county-wide. If you are not able to obtain testing through your medical provider, free confidential testing is available in Marin and the Bay Area. Search for your nearest testing location by zipcode.

Testing for Underserved Communities

The State of California has joined with County of Marin and OptumServe to expand testing for underserved communities.  A dedicated testing site is available in San Rafael by appointment only.  Make an appointment at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. If you do not have internet access, call: 1-888-634-1123. This site is open to uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. If you have medical insurance, OptumServe will bill your insurance company. Tests for uninsured individuals will be paid for by the state. 

 

Patients who are tested must self-quarantine pending results of their test. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, Marin County Public Health will instruct close contacts (typically household) to remain at home for 14 days after their last exposure.  Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for at least 10 minutes or having direct contact with infectious COVID-19 secretions.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:27

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Although scientists are currently working on a vaccine, the process is complex and could take months or years. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and taking measures to protect yourself.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 19:54

Most healthcare providers offer testing to patients who meet testing criteria. Anyone needing testing can start by reaching out to their primary care provider.

Marin Public Health has issued new guidance to all healthcare providers expanding the criteria for testing for the virus.

Find a Testing Location

There are multiple testing options county-wide. If you are not able to obtain testing through your medical provider, free confidential testing is available in Marin and the Bay Area. Search for your nearest testing location by zipcode.

Testing for Underserved Communities

The State of California has joined with County of Marin and OptumServe to expand testing for underserved communities.  A dedicated testing site is available in San Rafael by appointment only.  Make an appointment at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. If you do not have internet access, call: 1-888-634-1123. This site is open to uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. If you have medical insurance, OptumServe will bill your insurance company. Tests for uninsured individuals will be paid for by the state. 

 

Patients who are tested must self-quarantine pending results of their test. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, Marin County Public Health will instruct close contacts (typically household) to remain at home for 14 days after their last exposure.  Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for at least 10 minutes or having direct contact with infectious COVID-19 secretions.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:27

On April 17, Marin County Public Health announced a new public health order requiring the use of face coverings when completing essential activities. The new order will go into effect at 12:00p.m., Wednesday, April 22. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Specifically, the order states that people must wear face coverings when:

  • Inside public spaces or waiting in line to enter public spaces
  • Seeking health care
  • Waiting for or riding on mass transit or other shared transportation
  • In common areas of buildings, such as hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities.
  • Workers at businesses physically open and in areas where the public is present, likely to be present, or at any time when others are nearby.
  • Workers in any space where food is being prepared and/or packaged for sale.
  • Drivers/Operators of public transit.

View video on how to make your own face covering

View our news release with more details about the face covering order

View COVID-19 Guidance for Masks and Gloves (Updated April 28, 2020)

 

However, even if you wear a face-covering you  must continue to protect yourself in other ways:

  • Shelter in place, leaving your home as infrequently as possible and only for approved activities
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from others

If you chose to wear gloves when you are outside your home, you should know how to take them off without contaminating yourself.  Whether or not you use gloves, you should always wash your hands thoroughly when you return home.

Source:  CDC

Last Updated 05/06/2020 - 21:00

The novel coronavirus may have started as an infection of animals in China, and then moved to infect people.

Last Updated 03/12/2020 - 15:41

People may be sick infected with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • 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 get medical attention immediately. 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. 

CDC, World Health Organization

Last Updated 05/22/2020 - 12:22

Fever, cough or shortness of breath does not necessarily mean you have COVID-19.  However, in order to protect others, you should act as though you do.  Call your healthcare provider for advice. Stay at home and isolate yourself from others in your home for at least 7 days after your first symptoms AND at least 3 days fever free (without fever-reducing medicine), and other symptoms improve. 

 

Source:  Marin HHS, CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:17

So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

If you smoke or vape, consider quitting. Smokers who already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity could be at increased risk of serious illness.

Following guidance from public health officials, including abiding by the Shelter at Home order.

Last Updated 03/31/2020 - 13:49

On April 17, Marin County Public Health announced a new public health order requiring the use of face coverings when completing essential activities. The new order will go into effect at 12:00p.m., Wednesday, April 22. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Specifically, the order states that people must wear face coverings when:

  • Inside public spaces or waiting in line to enter public spaces
  • Seeking health care
  • Waiting for or riding on mass transit or other shared transportation
  • In common areas of buildings, such as hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities.
  • Workers at businesses physically open and in areas where the public is present, likely to be present, or at any time when others are nearby.
  • Workers in any space where food is being prepared and/or packaged for sale.
  • Drivers/Operators of public transit.

View video on how to make your own face covering

View our news release with more details about the face covering order

View COVID-19 Guidance for Masks and Gloves (Updated April 28, 2020)

 

However, even if you wear a face-covering you  must continue to protect yourself in other ways:

  • Shelter in place, leaving your home as infrequently as possible and only for approved activities
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from others

If you chose to wear gloves when you are outside your home, you should know how to take them off without contaminating yourself.  Whether or not you use gloves, you should always wash your hands thoroughly when you return home.

Source:  CDC

Last Updated 05/06/2020 - 21:00

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Although scientists are currently working on a vaccine, the process is complex and could take months or years. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and taking measures to protect yourself.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 19:54

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. 

Patients who are confirmed to have COVID-19 will be cared for by healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals will decide if a person ill with COVID-19 requires hospitalization or if home isolation is appropriate. That decision may be based on multiple factors including severity of illness, need for testing, and appropriateness of home for isolation purposes.

Care at home includes bed rest, fluids, and over the counter fever-reducing medicine. The ill person must stay away from other people and pets in their home (home isolation).

Source:  CDC, Marin County HHS

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 19:53

The CDC currently recommends that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to China and all other countries with a level 3 Alert.  Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak. Website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Last Updated 03/12/2020 - 09:07

If you are feeling sick, first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center before going to the hospital. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your closest emergency room.  Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency. You can and should seek medical advice if you or a family member is sick. If it is not an emergency, please contact your primary care provider to determine next steps. Also, you can check online resources to help you assess symptoms if you are worried about whether you or a loved one has COVID-19. You should check www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ for more information.  

Source:  CDC, Marin HHS   

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:20

No, please do not call 911 unless you have a true emergency. We have noticed an increase in 911 calls for service with patients who have fevers and minor symptoms. While we recognize many are concerned about COVID-19, such symptoms do not require 911 ambulance response. The most appropriate response to such symptoms is to reach out to your medical provider. This will allow our emergency response system to stay fully available for medical emergencies.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:11

Social distancing is the same thing as physical distancing, which is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of contagious diseases. It requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. The key is to minimize the number of gatherings as much as possible and to achieve space between individuals when events or activities cannot be modified, postponed, or canceled. Achieving space between individuals of approximately six feet (or more) is advisable.

Social distancing is recommended because the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). If you are leaving your home, you should practice physical distancing to protect youself from COVID-19.

Last Updated 04/11/2020 - 09:50

Shelter in Place

This is a legally enforceable order issued under California law. It is a crime to violate this Order, and you may be punished by a fine or imprisonment for doing so.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:34

This Order is in effect in all of Marin County. In addition, similar orders are in effect across the Bay Area, including in Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties, and the City of Berkeley. As of Thursday, March 19, 2020, a similar Order went into effect for the entire state of California.

Last Updated 03/31/2020 - 14:49

 The following excerpt from the Order lists the “Essential Businesses”: 

  1. Healthcare Operations and businesses that operate, maintain, or repair Essential Infrastructure; 

  1. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of unprepared food, canned food, dry goods, non-alcoholic beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, as well as hygienic products and household consumer products necessary for personal hygiene or the habitability, sanitation, or operation of residences.  The businesses included in this subparagraph (ii) include establishments that sell multiple categories of products provided that they sell a significant amount of essential products identified in this subparagraph, such as liquor stores that also sell a significant amount of food.    

  1. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing; 

  1. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; 

  1. Construction, but only as permitted under the State Shelter Order and only pursuant to the Construction Safety Protocols listed in Appendices B1 and B2 and incorporated into the Order by reference.  Public works projects shall also be subject to Appendices B1 and B2, except if other protocols are specified by the Health Officer;  

  1. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services; 

  1. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair (including, but not limited to, for cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorized scooters), and automotive dealerships, but only for the purpose of providing auto-supply and auto-repair services.  This subparagraph (vii) does not restrict the on-line purchase of automobiles if they are delivered to a residence or Essential Business; 

  1. Bicycle repair and supply shops;  

  1. Banks and related financial institutions; 

  1. Service providers that enable real estate transactions (including rentals, leases, and home sales), including, but not limited to, real estate agents, escrow agents, notaries, and title companies, provided that appointments and other residential viewings must only occur virtually or, if a virtual viewing is not feasible, by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time residing within the same household or living unit and one individual showing the unit (except that in person visits are not allowed when the occupant is present in the residence); 

  1. Hardware stores; 

  1. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the habitability, sanitation, and/or operation of residences and Essential Businesses; 

  1. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes; 

  1. Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, or as allowed under subparagraph xxvi, provided that social distancing of six feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible; 

  1. Laundromats, drycleaners, and laundry service providers; 

  1. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out.  Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only.  Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site; 

  1. Funeral home providers, mortuaries, cemeteries, and crematoriums, to the extent necessary for the transport, preparation, or processing of bodies or remains;  

  1. Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, but only to the extent that they support or supply these Essential Businesses.  This exemption shall not be used as a basis for engaging in sales to the general public from retail storefronts; 

  1. Businesses that have the primary function of shipping or delivering groceries, food, or other goods directly to residences or businesses.  This exemption shall not be used to allow for manufacturing or assembly of non-essential products or for other functions besides those necessary to the delivery operation;  

  1. Airlines, taxis, rental car companies, rideshare services (including shared bicycles and scooters), and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order; 

  1. Home-based care for seniors, adults, children, and pets;   

  1. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children; 

  1. Professional services, such as legal, notary, or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with non-elective, legally required activities or in relation to death or incapacity; 

  1. Services to assist individuals in finding employment with Essential Businesses;  

  1. Moving services that facilitate residential or commercial moves that are allowed under this Order; and 

  1. Childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages that enable owners, employees, volunteers, and contractors for Essential Businesses, Essential Governmental Functions, Outdoor Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations to work as allowed under this Order.  To the extent possible, these operations must comply with the following conditions: 

  1. They must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).  

  1. Children shall not change from one group to another. 

  1. If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room.  Groups shall not mix with each other. 

  1. Providers or educators shall remain solely with one group of children. 

The Health Officer will carefully monitor the changing public health situation as well as any changes to the State Shelter Order.  In the event that the State relaxes restrictions on childcare and related institutions and programs, the Health Officer will consider whether to similarly relax the restrictions imposed by this Order. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:41

All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes as expressly permitted in Section 10.[1] of the Shelter at Home order. However, nothing in the Order prohibits the gathering of members already living in the same household or living unit.

Last Updated 04/01/2020 - 12:07

The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family unit. However, you may leave your residence for reasons specified in the Order. These reasons include ensuring the health and safety of yourself and your family, engaging in outdoor activity that does not involve close contact with other people, obtaining services and supplies for yourself and your family, and to perform employment functions that are permissible under the Order.

Last Updated 03/16/2020 - 13:20

Restaurants and food facilities should focus on food delivery and takeout while maximizing social distancing for those who are inside their restaurant. Marin County Environmental Health Services offers guidance for food facilities. If your facility is offering take-out or delivery options, you should follow EHS's Food Safety for Food Delivery and Pick-up guidance. Consult Environmental Health Service's website for additional updates as the Shelter In Place order continues.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:37

The Order is effective until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. However, the public health situation is changing rapidly. As the situation develops, the Health Officer will extend or modify this Order as necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

Last Updated 03/16/2020 - 13:20

The Order identifies an extensive list of “essential businesses.” The employees of these businesses may continue to work outside of their residences so that the businesses may continue to offer their goods and services. Employees of non-essential businesses may report to work to maintain what the Order defines as “minimum basic operations,” which are the operations necessary to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and to provide for the business’s security.

Last Updated 04/01/2020 - 14:24

The Order identifies an extensive list of “essential businesses” that may continue to serve the public in person during the term of this Order. The Order allows non-essential businesses to maintain what the Order defines as “minimum basic operations,” which are the operations necessary to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, to provide for the business’s security, and to ensure that employees can effectively work from home.

Other than to maintain minimum basic operations, your employees can only work remotely from their residences.  

Last Updated 04/02/2020 - 13:36

Generally, no.  The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family unit. However, the Order allows travel out of the County only to perform “essential activities,” operate “essential businesses,” or to maintain “essential governmental functions,” as those terms are defined in the Order.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:33

No. The Order specifically excludes all healthcare related functions, including not just hospitals, clinics, and healthcare providers, but also all of the companies that supply them with goods and services.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:59

Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. Public transit can only be used to perform “essential activities,” to get to and from work to operate “essential businesses,” or to maintain “essential governmental functions,” as those terms are defined in the Order. Public transit service may be impacted during the shelter in place order. Please verify operating routes and service times with the transit operator: Golden Gate Transit & Ferry Service Marin Transit Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)

NOTE: Links for transit options: GGT&F: https://www.goldengate.org/golden-gate-bus--ferry-services-adjusted-during-coronavirus-pandemic/ MT: https://marintransit.org/service-alerts SMART: http://sonomamarintrain.org/schedules-fares

Last Updated 04/01/2020 - 12:12

Government employees can continue to go to work if they are designated as essential employees by their employer. Each government is responsible for determining which of its workers are essential.

Last Updated 03/16/2020 - 13:20

No. But most employees of these companies need to work from home. The only employees of these companies who can go to work are: (i) employees who are needed to maintain the minimum basic operations described in the Order; or (ii) employees who are needed to work onsite to operate, maintain, or repair Essential Infrastructure (i.e., essential global, national, and local infrastructure for internet, computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services for the community) and who cannot perform their work duties from home. 

Any employees who are onsite must strictly follow the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another (unless incompatible with the job duty), frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, required by the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 order, and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms. Any business that is carrying out minimum basic operations at a facility in the County must also prepare, post, and implement a Site Specific Protection Plan (see section 15 and Appendix A of the Order). 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:58

Most people will have minor symptoms and should:

  • call their healthcare provider for advice
  • stay at home
  • isolate from others, including household members

If you develop emergency warning signs, such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, seek medical attention immediately.

Source:  Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/22/2020 - 12:12

This Order requires that schools generally stop holding classes at physical locations within the County. However, schools are encouraged to provide distance learning to their students and to provide free and reduced-price lunches for takeaway or by delivery. The Order also allows schools to provide care or supervision of children to enable personnel to work for businesses allowed to operate under this Order or work as essential governmental employees, provided that: (1) children are in stable groups of 12 or fewer; (2) children do not change from one group to another; (3) multiple groups in a facility stay in separate rooms; and (4) providers or educators remain solely with one group. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:51

Yes. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other food retail establishments selling foods items and non-alcoholic drinks are encouraged to stay open to provide food items and pet supplies to the public. Section 6 of the Order requires all businesses allowed to operate under the Order to follow any industry-specific requirements issued by the Health Officer related to COVID-19.  The Health Officer’s requirements for essential retail and grocery stores, essential workers, and food facilities can be found here.  When visiting these places, you must help the retailer maintain Social Distancing Requirements, including while you are shopping and standing in line. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:19

Yes. Spending time outside improves mood and wellbeing, and is particularly beneficial to children. You can go for walks, go to the park, and engage in other similar activities, but should maintain social distance (i.e. be more than 6 feet away from persons who are not part of your household) when on walks and in parks to avoid spread of the virus.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:29

No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally follow. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:04

No. Instead, get exercise by taking a walk, going for a jog, or riding your bike. But maintain a social distance of at least six feet from people who are not members of your household when doing so.

Last Updated 03/16/2020 - 13:20

The Public Health Officers of the six largest counties in the Bay Area have been closely monitoring the rapidly accelerating situation with COVID-19 and it is clear that if we do not take very strong and aggressive action to slow down the spread of the disease, our hospitals and particularly our intensive care units will be overwhelmed with patients. We are taking this action to save the lives of the many higher-risk people in our community who are particularly susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19, and may die if we do not act now to slow the spread and make sure our hospitals do not get overwhelmed with a flood of patients over a short period of time.

Last Updated 03/31/2020 - 15:00

The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase other necessary items. It also directs businesses selling those items to remain open, and allows employees of those businesses to keep working and to ensure those businesses are operating.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:43

Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments may remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery and carryout. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers.

Last Updated 04/09/2020 - 10:53

Yes, but only to pick up food.  You cannot dine, eat, or drink in or around the facility.  These facilities can also deliver. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:14

Schools, soup kitchens, food banks and other entities that provide free or reduced priced food goods or meals to students or other members of the public are encouraged to continue providing these services. However, food provided by these establishments to the public may not be eaten on the premises but must be delivered or taken away for consumption. To find food resources near you, look at the SF-Marin Food Bank’s Food Locator: https://foodlocator.sfmfoodbank.org/

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:41

Call your plumber. This Order allows service providers like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators to keep working and providing their services to the public. To obtain supplies for a DIY solution, you can also visit your hardware store, which is allowed to stay open under this Order.

Last Updated 03/16/2020 - 13:20
The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences. However, you may travel outside of the County for reasons specified in the Order. These reasons include ensuring the health and safety of yourself and your family (e.g. you are a relative's caretaker and they live in a different county) and to perform employment functions that are permissible under the Order.

 

Last Updated 04/01/2020 - 12:40

No. For your health and safety and that of the community, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.

Last Updated 03/31/2020 - 09:17

Yes.  The Health Officer may make changes to the new Order as more information emerges about the public health situation and may issue new orders and directives as conditions warrant.  Check the County website for updates regularly at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/updates?field_categories_target_id=17.  The County is working with the media to share important updates and information. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 09:32

Yes, but public transit, ride-share services, or any other way of traveling can only be used for Essential Travel, which means:  

  1. Travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, Minimum Basic Operations, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Businesses, Additional Businesses and Additional Activities.  

  1. Travel to care for any elderly, minors, dependents, or persons with disabilities.  

  1. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.  

  1. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the County.  

  1. Travel required by law enforcement or court order.  

  1. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County.  Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.  

  1. Travel to manage after-death arrangements and burial.  

  1. Travel to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness.  

  1. Travel to avoid domestic violence or child abuse.  

  1. Travel for parental custody arrangements.  

  1. Travel to a place to temporarily reside in a residence or other facility to avoid potentially exposing others to COVID-19, such as a hotel or other facility provided by a governmental authority for such purposes.  

When you are on public transit, you must follow the Order’s social distancing requirements to the greatest extent feasible, including maintaining a distance of six feet from everyone outside your household or living unit; frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes; wearing a face covering when out in public, as required in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 Order; and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms. 

When you use ride-share services for essential travel, keep in mind that you should avoid as much as possible being in close quarters in a vehicle that has been used by lots of other people.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:32

Yes.  The Order allows you to go online, purchase items, and have them delivered to your home. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:05

Yes, the Order allows you to return home.

Last Updated 03/21/2020 - 11:10

Not for vacationing purposes.  Short-term lodging including short-term rentals, hotels, motels, and bed-and-breakfasts, may continue for the limited purposes of either (1) COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, including measures to protect homeless populations (examples include: isolation and quarantine or the housing of displaced persons); (2) housing workers performing essential business activities and essential government functions within the County; (3) housing individuals staying overnight in Marin to perform the essential activity of caring for the health and safety needs of a family member; or (4) or for County residents facing immediate displacement from their primary residence due to safety, sanitation, or habitability issues (i.e., inhabitable living conditions, violence, or threats of violence. See the latest order at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/short-term-rental-restriction-order-may-29-2020

 

 

Last Updated 05/29/2020 - 15:21

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.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:18

Yes, the Order permits nannies and babysitters caring for a child in the child’s own home to continue working. If families opt to have playdates, they need to keep playdates as a singular cohort. Keep the same group together and do not introduce or rotate members. By rotating members of the group, it allows kids to “pollinate” another group, which goes against the social/physical distancing practices. Play dates should follow the same guidelines for childcare centers that was issued on March 13.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:53

This new Order (or a similar order) is in effect across the six most populous counties of the Bay Area, including in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties.  Additional counties may issue the same or similar orders. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:30

Yes, you can use shared bikes and scooters for essential travel, such as commuting to work as an essential employee.  But keep in mind that shared bikes and scooters are not routinely sanitized.  Take precautions, including bringing sanitization wipes, not touching your face while on the bike or scooter, and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds immediately after. 

Last Updated 04/07/2020 - 17:05

Service providers like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators can keep working and providing services to the public that are necessary to maintain a livable, sanitary, and functional household.  You can call your building manager or one of these service providers, or you can also visit your hardware store to assist with making your own repairs. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:06

Yes. Arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals can operate as outdoor businesses, as that term is defined in the Order, but they must strictly comply with social distancing requirements.  

 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:39

No. For your health and safety and that of the community, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.

Last Updated 03/31/2020 - 09:23

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.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:18

A hospital cannot utilize homemade cloth masks as a substitute for regulation personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N-95 or surgical masks. Clinical trials suggest cloth masks offer poor filtration and are an inefficient form of protection against respiratory infection, especially in high-risk environments.

Last Updated 03/26/2020 - 12:06

This new Order was issued by Health Officers of Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties and the City of Berkeley.  Those public health professionals have the authority under state law to issue Orders to protect the health and welfare of everyone in their jurisdictions. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:29

Yes, but only to perform essential activities or outdoor activities, to maintain essential government functions, to operate an essential business, outdoor business or additional business, or to perform minimum basic operations at a non-essential business, as those terms are defined in the Order. You can also leave to go back home or engage in other essential travel. Otherwise, the answer is no because that puts you and others in the community at risk. Keep in mind that Health Officers in neighboring counties have issued the same or similar shelter-in-place orders.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:31

Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support.  They are allowed to pick up the items you need.  You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your home. If you think you might be eligible for meals on wheels, call 408-350-3246 to start the eligibility intake process. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:05

Yes, so long as the service is necessary to maintain safety and sanitation. Allowable operations include routine maintenance work like cleaning, chemical balancing and adjustments, and filtration (necessary to, for instance, prevent pool algae from blooming) and safety-oriented repairs. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:29

You may continue to use these services if your healthcare provider has determined that they are medically necessary for you. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:14

It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a crime (a misdemeanor) not to follow the Order. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:33

The Order allows you to go outside for exercise activities like walking and running, as long as you strictly follow social distancing requirements including maintaining a distance of six feet from everyone outside your household, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with a fever or cough.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:10

No.  For your safety as well as the safety of your fellow worshippers, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.  Places of worship may offer remote access to services, such as by emails, video streaming, or teleconference. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:06

Yes retail stores may operate subject to the following limitations:
1.    These retail stores may operate for curbside/outside pickup and may display merchandise or create an outdoor retail location with permission from the local jurisdiction, customers may not enter the store;
2.    The stores must ensure that any curbside or outside retail activity does not block pedestrian access or cause pedestrian or vehicle congestion; and
3.    Retail stores in an enclosed indoor shopping center that do not have direct access to adjacent sidewalk, street or alley area or other outdoor retail location permitted by the local jurisdiction may not reopen at this time.
ii.    Businesses that manufacture the goods sold at retail stores covered in category (i) above and have no more than 50 Personnel on site in the facility at any time.
iii.    Businesses that provide warehousing and logistical support to the retail stores covered in category (i) above and have no more than 50 Personnel on site in the facility at any time.

See https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/appendix-c-1-additional-businesses-permitted-operate

 

Last Updated 06/02/2020 - 11:43

Home service workers can keep providing services in homes if they are essential to health, safety, sanitation, or the necessary operation of the home. This includes plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other services needed to maintain a safe and sanitary home. Home construction and repair work is also allowed, as is home-based care for children, adults, seniors, and pets.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:05

No.  Hospital cafeterias fall within the exemption for healthcare facilities and may remain open.  Hospital cafeterias must be structured to ensure six-foot minimum distancing between non-related individuals picking up food from or eating in the facility.  Hospital cafeterias should increase cleaning and sanitization to minimize risk of exposure and follow other Social Distancing Requirements specified in the Order to the maximum extent feasible.  Cafeterias in all other facilities must follow the requirements in the Order – specifically, food can be carried out or delivered, but cannot be eaten in the cafeteria.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 12:45

Many businesses are not allowed to operate under this Order. Essential businesses, as defined in the Order, are allowed (and encouraged) to continue operating.  Outdoor businesses, as defined in the Order, are also allowed to operate.  If your work is not an essential or outdoor business, you are not allowed to go to work and your employer cannot make you go except for limited minimum basic operations such as maintaining the value of a business’s inventory, keeping the business site safe and secure, or ensuring that employees are able to work remotely. The Order does not prohibit anyone from working from home. Your employer can require you to work from home – and you can do so – if your work allows it. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:17

Many retail stores are now open for curbside pick-up and/or delivery.  We encourage residents to support local small businesses.  Also, many items can be ordered online and delivered to your home, and many other non-essential items may be available from retailers who primarily sell essential items.   

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:16

The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family unit. However, you may travel outside of the County for reasons specified in the Order, including travel to care for dependents and travel required by court order. 

Last Updated 03/21/2020 - 11:17

Yes.  All employees of hospitals, clinics, and other organizations that provide healthcare, provide services to healthcare organizations, provide needed supplies to healthcare organizations, or otherwise maintain healthcare operations of all kinds may continue working. 

The Health Order does not advise or encourage health care workers over 60 to stop reporting to work. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:51

You can only leave your house for essential travel. Driving to a park or beach to get outdoors is non-essential travel and is not allowed under the Public Health Order. If you have a park or trail near your house, you can use it if you can access it in a non-motorized way.

Last Updated 03/31/2020 - 16:39

No.  Entertainment venues are not allowed to operate. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:13

Yes. Be extremely cautious when providing care to vulnerable people and ensure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue, wearing a face covering, as recommended in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 guidance, except if a face covering is not recommended (e.g., for children 12 and younger, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance); and stay home if you are sick.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:29

If you leave your home to perform a essential activity (e.g., go to grocery store or visit doctor), you can reduce your risk of being infected with COVID-19 by adopting the following practices: - Practice social distancing at all times - Wash hands with soap and water when possible. - Avoid touching frequently touched community spaces. - Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. - Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:42

The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the exceptions listed in the Order.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:37

Yes, but you cannot use dog parks. Be sure that you distance yourself at least six feet from others who are not part of your household.  Also note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidance advising that you should treat pets as you would your human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside your household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. For dog parks, the answer is no because they are areas that encourage people to gather together, and are required to close. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:20

Yes. Bike repair shops are treated as an essential business (the same as auto repair shops), but only to the extent they are necessary to facilitate essential travel.

Last Updated 03/21/2020 - 11:21

The Order allows childcare establishments, summer camps, and schools or recreational institutions to provide childcare or supervision to enable you to work for an essential business, outdoor businesses, or other businesses permitted under the Order, perform minimum basic operations for your business, or work as an essential governmental employee. You may also employ a nanny or babysitter to provide home-based care for your kids.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:10

Generally no. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities except at the end-of-life. This is difficult, but necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients. More info: https://www.marinhhs.org/sites/default/files/files/public-health-updates/ph_alert_hospitalvisitation_02020315.pdf

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:01

Yes. In addition to the statewide order, the County Health Officer’s Order remains in effect. All residents must comply with the restrictions in both the County and State Orders. If the restrictions in the two orders are different, you must comply with the stricter of the two orders. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:39

Yes.  Please call first to determine if the vet has any restrictions in place. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:21

No. Recreational areas with equipment that lots of people touch or areas where people gather close together, like playgrounds, picnic areas, barbecue areas, and dog parks, must be closed and you cannot use them while the Order is in effect.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:55

This new Order requires that most people continue sheltering in their place of residence until May 3, 2020.  This new Order replaces the prior Shelter-in-Place Order, which was set to expire on April 7, 2020.  It also adds to the list of restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease. 

You are still allowed to participate in “essential activities” or to work for an “essential business” if it is not possible for you to work from home.  This means that you are allowed to leave your home for specified reasons—like to make sure you have the necessities of life (discussed more below) such as getting food and medical supplies, or to perform work for an essential business that you cannot complete from your home.  You are also allowed to go outside to take care of a pet or for exercise so long as you don’t congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people who aren’t part of your family or living unit.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:45

Yes, childcare establishments (as well as summer camps and other educational or recreational institutions) may open to provide care or supervision to children of all ages to enable people to work at businesses allowed to operate under this Order or work as essential governmental employees.   Childcare facilities must comply with the following mandatory conditions in the Order to the extent possible: 

  1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day). 

  1. Children shall not change from one group to another. 

  1. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other. 

  1. Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:34

Sheltering in place is a more rigorous form of social distancing. 

Sheltering in place means you: 

  • Must stay at home
  • Can only leave your home for “essential activities,” “outdoor activities” or “additional activities,” to work for an “essential business,” “outdoor business” or “additional business” to provide or access “essential governmental functions,” to perform “minimum basic operations” for your employer, or for “essential travel,” as those terms are defined in the new Order (you can also see the FAQs for details)
  • Cannot host or attend any gatherings

In addition, you should also maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other people who are not in your household; wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time (or use hand sanitizer); cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve (not into your hands); wear a face covering when out in public, as required in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 Order; and stay home if you are sick.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:24

Yes. The Order exempts travel by court order or law enforcement.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:53

Yes.  The Order allows businesses to deliver products to people’s residences.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:45

Moving companies may continue to assist with necessary residential moves under this Order, since maintaining an available housing supply and keeping people sheltered is essential to the health and safety of the public.  Moving companies may also continue to assist with necessary commercial moves that ensure essential businesses as defined under the Order may continue operating.  Non-essential residential or commercial moves, as well as any moves for non-essential businesses, should be deferred to minimize risk of transmission.

Last Updated 03/21/2020 - 11:22

The new Order goes into effect starting 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. 

Last Updated 04/07/2020 - 14:16

No.  For your safety as well as their safety, you are not allowed to visit friends or family members outside your own household.  We need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:47

You are subject to the same restrictions for travel as individuals currently in the County.  You may travel into the County to perform “essential activities,” work to operate “essential businesses,” or maintain “essential governmental functions” as those terms are defined in the Order.

Last Updated 03/31/2020 - 09:06

Self-storage facilities are not essential businesses, however, they can maintain minimum business operations and allow people to access their units to the extent they are accessing them for medical or other essential needs. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:46

Generally, no. Only painters necessary for the completion of essential infrastructure as defined in this Order may continue operating while this Order is in place.

Last Updated 03/21/2020 - 11:22

The new Order is currently set to last until Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  The County Health Officer may choose to shorten or extend the time period.  How long the restrictions are in place will depend on what the County Health Officer decides is necessary to protect public health. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:31

Yes.  Mail and delivery services may continue to operate under the Order. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:05

COVID-19 Testing

Yes. Marin County Public Health is actively investigating both confirmed COVID-19 cases and related cases of interest.  The latest investigation and test data can be found on the surveillance section of this website: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/surveillance

More laboratories in both the public and private sector are gaining the ability to perform COVID-19 testing. While this increases testing capacity, it presents challenges to make sure results are known to Public Health authorities to track incidence of disease and perform investigations of cases.  A public health order mandating private laboratories report all COVID-19 testing data to Marin County Public Health was issued on March 24, which will allow more accurate tracking of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing and contact tracing (case investigation) in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:25

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.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:22

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.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:22

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should contact your medical provider to discuss whether you are a candidate for testing.

There are multiple testing options county-wide. If you are not able to obtain testing through your medical provider, free confidential testing is available in Marin and the Bay Area. Search for your nearest testing location by zipcode.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 15:18

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should contact your medical provider to discuss whether you are a candidate for testing.

There are multiple testing options county-wide. If you are not able to obtain testing through your medical provider, free confidential testing is available in Marin and the Bay Area. Search for your nearest testing location by zipcode.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 15:18

The State of California has joined with County of Marin and OptumServe to expand testing for underserved communities.  A dedicated testing site is available in San Rafael by appointment only.  Make an appointment at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. If you do not have internet access, call: 1-888-634-1123. This site is open to uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. If you have medical insurance, OptumServe will bill your insurance company. Tests for uninsured individuals will be paid for by the state. 

The majority of people will have mild illness that is best treated at home.  However, those with serious illness will be treated regardless of insurance status.  Advisors will work with uninsured patients to find the best options for coverage.

Some resources for uninsured people include:

Source: Marin HHS, State of California

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 15:16

The State of California has joined with County of Marin and OptumServe to expand testing for underserved communities.  A dedicated testing site is available in San Rafael by appointment only.  Make an appointment at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. If you do not have internet access, call: 1-888-634-1123. This site is open to uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. If you have medical insurance, OptumServe will bill your insurance company. Tests for uninsured individuals will be paid for by the state. 

The majority of people will have mild illness that is best treated at home.  However, those with serious illness will be treated regardless of insurance status.  Advisors will work with uninsured patients to find the best options for coverage.

Some resources for uninsured people include:

Source: Marin HHS, State of California

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 15:16

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 Person Under Investigation should be directed to COVID testing and quarantine under the guidance of their health care professional or Marin Public Health.

Source:  CDC, Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:44

Follow the guidance of your doctor which may be specific to your individual health needs. In general, if you have symptoms, stay at home for at least 7 days after your symptoms have resolved.

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:54

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 Person Under Investigation should be directed to COVID testing and quarantine under the guidance of their health care professional or Marin Public Health.

Source:  CDC, Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:44

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, you may discontinue isolation if the following conditions are met:

  • at least 3 days (72 hrs.) have passed without fever (without the use of fever-reducing meds) AND
  • improvement in respiratory symptoms (like cough, shortness of breath) AND
  • at least 7 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared

If you have no symptoms but are COVID-19 positive, you may discontinue isolation once 7 days have passed since the date of your first positive test, if you remain symptom-free. After the 7 days have passed, you should stay 6 feet away from others and wear a face mask for an additional 3 days.

Please read Marin County’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety guidance document for important information and practical tips.

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:47

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, you may discontinue isolation if the following conditions are met:

  • at least 3 days (72 hrs.) have passed without fever (without the use of fever-reducing meds) AND
  • improvement in respiratory symptoms (like cough, shortness of breath) AND
  • at least 7 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared

If you have no symptoms but are COVID-19 positive, you may discontinue isolation once 7 days have passed since the date of your first positive test, if you remain symptom-free. After the 7 days have passed, you should stay 6 feet away from others and wear a face mask for an additional 3 days.

Please read Marin County’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety guidance document for important information and practical tips.

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:47

Follow the guidance of your doctor which may be specific to your individual health needs. In general, if you have symptoms, stay at home for at least 7 days after your symptoms have resolved.

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:54
Our current data indicate that the virus is widespread in the county and, therefore, everyone in the county has a risk of exposure to the virus regardless of where in the county they live. Every hospital in the county is caring for patients who have COVID-19. Providing information on individual cases, therefore, does not provide any benefit to the public, and may instead mislead those not living in a neighborhood with many confirmed cases to falsely think that they are at lower risk.
Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:53
Our current data indicate that the virus is widespread in the county and, therefore, everyone in the county has a risk of exposure to the virus regardless of where in the county they live. Every hospital in the county is caring for patients who have COVID-19. Providing information on individual cases, therefore, does not provide any benefit to the public, and may instead mislead those not living in a neighborhood with many confirmed cases to falsely think that they are at lower risk.
Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:53

Yes. Marin County Public Health is actively investigating both confirmed COVID-19 cases and related cases of interest.  The latest investigation and test data can be found on the surveillance section of this website: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/surveillance

More laboratories in both the public and private sector are gaining the ability to perform COVID-19 testing. While this increases testing capacity, it presents challenges to make sure results are known to Public Health authorities to track incidence of disease and perform investigations of cases.  A public health order mandating private laboratories report all COVID-19 testing data to Marin County Public Health was issued on March 24, which will allow more accurate tracking of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing and contact tracing (case investigation) in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:25

Pay close attention to your own symptoms and those you are living with. If you become symptomatic, contact your medical provider by phone. Continue to practice social distancing and good personal hand hygiene.

 

Source:  Marin HHS

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:01

Pay close attention to your own symptoms and those you are living with. If you become symptomatic, contact your medical provider by phone. Continue to practice social distancing and good personal hand hygiene.

 

Source:  Marin HHS

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:01

Business Operations

Unless your work is exempted in the Order, you cannot go to work at a physical location in the County even if you want to.  You can work from home for any business if your employer allows it and your work can be done from home. It is important that we all do our part in stopping COVID-19 – staying home is an important part of that.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:08

Unless your work is exempted in the Order, you cannot go to work at a physical location in the County even if you want to.  You can work from home for any business if your employer allows it and your work can be done from home. It is important that we all do our part in stopping COVID-19 – staying home is an important part of that.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:08

Yes, if they are an essential business or outdoor business, as described in the Order, or if they contract with a governmental entity and provide an essential governmental function. Non-profits that are allowed to continue operating include, for instance, food pantries, organizations providing housing for homeless residents, and organizations providing other critical services. Other non-profit organizations cannot continue operating their facilities, except to provide minimum basic operations, such as maintaining the value of inventory, keeping the site safe and secure, providing for the delivery of existing inventory to residences or businesses, or ensuring that employees are able to work remotely. All employees may also work remotely from their residences. 

Unless closer contact is necessary for their work, all employees must strictly comply with the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, as recommended in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 guidance, except if a face covering is not necessarily recommended for them (e.g., anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance); and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:08

No.  Gun shops are not essential businesses under the Order.  The Order allows delivery of inventory directly to customers at their residences in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, but gun shops may not make sales from their storefronts. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:14

It depends. Your lab may operate only if it performs work that is exempted in the Order. Otherwise, you and your employees are allowed to perform only minimum basic operations onsite at your workplace, and must strictly comply with the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, as required by the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 order, and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms.

You must also prepare, post, and implement a implement a Site Specific Protection Plan (see section 15 and Appendix A of the Order) for any facility where you are carrying out minimum basic operations. Other than that, employees cannot be onsite at your lab locations. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:00

Employees and contractors of any governmental entity may continue to provide the services and products if the governmental entity determines that they are necessary to carry out an essential governmental function. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:38

Yes, cemeteries are essential infrastructure. 

Are funeral home providers and mortuaries allowed to continue operating? 

Yes, funeral home providers and mortuaries may continue operating to the extent necessary to the transport, preparation, or processing of remains. This means that any employee necessary for the transport, preparation and/or processing of a body may continue to report to these facilities to conduct their work. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:34

Yes.  If your store sells a significant amount of groceries and hygiene products, you can keep your entire store open. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 14:23

Yes, if the project you are working on is immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure.  Essential Infrastructure means airports, utilities (including water, sewer, gas, and electrical), oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste facilities (including collection, removal, disposal, and processing facilities), cemeteries, mortuaries, crematoriums, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for internet, computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:37

No. If you do not sell a significant amount of goods like food, hygiene, or cleaning products, you cannot keep your storefront open. Your store can deliver items directly to customers’ residences.  Other than that, you can only maintain minimum basic operations, such as store security and safeguarding your inventory.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:16

Generally, no. Real estate agents, escrow agents, and other service providers that facilitate real estate transactions like home sales, apartment rentals, and sale of commercial properties are essential workers, but all appointments and viewings must happen virtually (via video or livestream) to the greatest extent possible. Only if a virtual viewing is not feasible, meaning that no virtual option exists or the existing virtual option has already been used and does not fully meet the needs of the situation (i.e. a post-closing walk through or a pre-purchase showing for qualified and serious buyers), then in-person showings can occur by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time from the same household, and only one agent showing the property. In-person showings or walk-throughs are not allowed when the occupant is present in the residence.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:59

No.  If your business is covered in the list of essential businesses or otherwise permitted to operate under the Order, then you may operate your business from a facility in the County so long as you create, post, and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan for each facility using the template attached to the Order.  You do not need to obtain any specific authorization from the County to run your business.  The County does not issue written determinations or authorizations.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:06

Yes.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:33

No. You do not need to carry official documentation (and the County does not issue any) demonstrating that you are exempt under the new Order. But be prepared to explain if requested by law enforcement why your travel is allowable under the Order. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:36

Yes, janitorial services are allowed because they are necessary for health and sanitation.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:28

Yes.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:35

The cafeteria can operate like other food facilities.  It can serve food to the remaining employees, so long as the employees take the food away and do not eat it in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria must strictly follow the social distancing requirements in the Order.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:36

Medical dispensaries can dispense under healthcare industry exemptions. Suppliers to medical dispensaries and licensed medical growers can operate as well.  Non-medical cultivation, supply, and dispensing of cannabis are prohibited, with the exception of deliveries directly to residences. Dispensaries with a mixed clientele of both medical and non-medical customers can do in-person business only with medical customers. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:01

You may keep your liquor store open if it also sells a significant amount of products like food, and household cleaning and personal hygiene items.  Specifically, at least 25% of the total floor area your store regularly uses for product sales must be occupied by products identified in section 15.f.ii of the order, like food and personal hygiene items. You may also sell items as an Additional Business through curbside retail if permitted by State licensing requirements. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:33

No.  Businesses that supply food goods and prepared meals to grocery stores and other food retailers are essential and may continue operating.   

 

Last Updated 04/02/2020 - 14:33

No. “Essential businesses,” “outdoor businesses” and “additional businesses” providing curbside retail may keep their facilities open and continue providing their services and products to the public as permitted by the Order. Employees may leave home to go to these jobs. But all businesses are required to maximize the number of employees working from home and bring in only those employees who can’t carry out their job duties from home. Businesses that are not “essential businesses,” “outdoor businesses,” or “additional businesses” providing curbside retail as those terms are defined in the Order, must cease all activities at their facilities within the County, except to provide minimum basic operations, such as maintaining the value of a business’s inventory, keeping the business site safe and secure, ensuring that employees are able to work remotely, or providing for the delivery of existing inventory to residences or businesses.  Employees may otherwise work from home.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 12:37

Yes.  If your business is primarily engaged in supply or repair of cell phones or other telecommunications devices, then it is essential infrastructure and may continue to operate under the Order. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:23

Yes, but only to the extent they support or supply those essential businesses.  Warehouses and distribution centers should minimize the number of employees onsite and strictly comply with all social distancing requirements in the Order. 

  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 15:27

Yes.  The Order allows businesses to deliver products to people’s residences. But car dealerships cannot sell or lease cars in-person. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:13

No.  The Order exempts any business that is performing work related to the delivery of health care, including hospitals, clinics, COVID-19 testing locations, dentists, pharmacies, blood banks and blood drives, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, and veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals.   

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 14:05

No.  Essential government functions will continue, including first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, and law enforcement.  Other government functions or offices may be subject to reduced schedules or may be closed as part of the effort to fight the spread of COVID-19.  Each government agency identifies the services that qualify as Essential Governmental Functions, and designates the personnel who will continue providing those functions. Information on the availability of County services is regularly updated on the Marin County website.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:54

Coronavirus in Marin

An emergency was declared in order to ensure Marin is best prepared to address this global outbreak. Marin County Public Health is working with elected officials, other city agencies, the public and private health care system, schools, businesses and community organizations to ensure that we as a county are well informed and able to respond and mitigate the harm of the new virus.  The proclamation reinforces that this is not business as usual. We must be confident that our local response efforts are as robust as possible to protect the health of Marin residents. This declaration gives us more tools to better respond.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:26

Marin County Public Health is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the CDC, and our regional partners to protect our community. We are working with local healthcare providers to identify, test and support individuals who may be infected with Coronavirus and prevent further spread. The County has activated it's Medical Health Branch of the Emergency Operations Center and is  actively engaged in advanced planning with hospitals. We will be providing regular communication and guidance to the Marin community.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:25

Marin County Public Health is reports test results based on laboratory reporting to the state. On March 24, Bay Area public health officers issued an order that requires commercial labs to report all results (positive and negative). But we are still seeing lags in reporting, which makes it difficult for public health officials to provide an accurate testing picture for Marin.

You can view current test results on our data page.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:21

Marin County COVID-19 Guidance for  isolation and quarantine:

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 7 days after the first symptoms AND at least 3 days fever free (without fever-reducing medicine), and other symptoms improve.

 

Quarantine is when people who have come in contact with someone sick COVID-19, stay at home until they know if they are sick. A person must quarantine 14 days after the last contact with an infected person. If you are not able to avoid contact with a person with COVID-19, you must stay in quarantine until 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 completes their isolation period. Your isolation 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.

 

 

Source:  CDC, Marin HHS

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:44

The proclamation of a local emergency is a legal document that mobilizes county resources, accelerates emergency planning, streamlines staffing, coordinates agencies across Marin, allows for future reimbursement by the state and federal governments and raises awareness throughout Marin about how everyone can prepare and respond to this emergency. Marin joined San Francisco, Santa Clara and other counties in the state that have issued similar proclamations to bolster their preparedness and response.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:27

Marin County Public Health is reports test results based on laboratory reporting to the state. On March 24, Bay Area public health officers issued an order that requires commercial labs to report all results (positive and negative). But we are still seeing lags in reporting, which makes it difficult for public health officials to provide an accurate testing picture for Marin.

You can view current test results on our data page.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Marin County by visiting our Testing Information webpage.

Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/19/2020 - 09:21

An emergency was declared in order to ensure Marin is best prepared to address this global outbreak. Marin County Public Health is working with elected officials, other city agencies, the public and private health care system, schools, businesses and community organizations to ensure that we as a county are well informed and able to respond and mitigate the harm of the new virus.  The proclamation reinforces that this is not business as usual. We must be confident that our local response efforts are as robust as possible to protect the health of Marin residents. This declaration gives us more tools to better respond.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:26

The CDC recommends that you stay home for 14 days from the time you returned home from international travel to monitor your health and practice social distancing. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory external icon, which advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Visit the CDC to learn more about international travelers returning to the U.S.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:12

All incoming flights to SFO from China are screened by the CDC. If people come off a plane with symptoms, the CDC will work directly with pre-identified hospitals according to disease prevention and containment procedures.

Last Updated 03/12/2020 - 09:07

Traveling runs the risk of spreading the virus to other areas and exposing new populations. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19, if there are other travelers with coronavirus infection. The Order requires that you shelter in your place of residence. If you leave the Bay Area for vacation or another reason that is not an essential purpose exempt under the Order, then you may not be permitted to return to your residence. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you do decide to travel, be sure to take steps to help prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.

(NOTE: link to "take steps" in 3rd Paragraph: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html)

(NOTE: link to "CDC COVID-19 Travel Page" https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html)

Last Updated 03/30/2020 - 15:18

The following resources are available to help people who may be experiencing distress or heightened anxiety right now:   

  • 24/7 Behavioral Health Services Mental Health and Substance Use Access and Assessment: (888) 818-1115 

  • 24/7 Crisis Stabilization Unit: (415) 473-6666  

  • 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Line: (800) 273-8255 

  • If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911 immediately. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:34

The emergency resolution prevents residents and business owners from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ban is in effect countywide in every city, town, and unincorporated area of Marin County and lasts until May 31, 2020, unless extended by the Board of Supervisors. For more information and FAQs visit: https://www.marincounty.org/renterlandlord

Last Updated 03/30/2020 - 15:02

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. Friday, April 10, remains the final day to pay the 2019-2020 second installment of property taxes without penalty. Please read this press release for more information.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:35

COVID-19 has no impact on the safety of your drinking water. Marin's water supply is locally sourced, with the majority of it coming from protected watersheds. Your water is purified and routinely monitoried to ensure there are no viruses or pathogens. using modern treatment techniques to remove pathogens, including bacteria and viruses.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:47

This is a complicated question with a bit of nuance. Our Housing and Federal Grants Division staff members would be better equipped to answer your question. They can be reached at 415-473-7309.

Last Updated 04/01/2020 - 16:07
For more information about the moratorium, including application for funds and how to receive protection, please visit https://www.marincounty.org/renterlandlord. You may also call the Housing and Federal Grants Division at 415-473-7309.
Last Updated 03/31/2020 - 08:48

Construction Projects

  1. Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure;  

  1. Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response; 

  1. Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units; 

  1. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency; 

  1. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels; 

  1. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs; 

  1. Construction strictly necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this Order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so; and 

  1. Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed; 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:18

Yes, if the construction is immediately necessary to maintain the operation of essential computer or internet infrastructure.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:36

Yes, if construction at the health center is directly related to the response to COVID-19, such as the creation or expansion of health care operations that are directly needed to provide COVID-19 related health care.

Last Updated 04/09/2020 - 15:16

Residential remodeling projects that are partly completed can continue if delaying completion would pose a safety, security, or sanitation risk to residents or impact the habitability of the residence; otherwise, they must be deferred.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:50

You can perform work on the site only to ensure it is safe and secure while it is shut down in compliance with this Order. This includes sending employees to the construction site to secure the site and ensure it does not sustain damage. You can continue construction on the project only if strictly necessary to prevent damage to the project, e.g. completing a roof or ensuring that there is proper drainage after grading has been completed. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:48

Yes.  Further information about the modified operations of the Building Division and Planning Division during this emergency are available here: https://www.marincounty.org/depts/cd

Last Updated 03/19/2020 - 17:26

Yes.  All quarries must complete, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol and provide all employees with a copy of the Protocol. They must also strictly comply with Social Distancing Requirements set forth in the Order.   

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:43

You can construct only the following kinds of housing:  

  1. Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units; 

  1. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency; 

  1. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels; 

  1. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs; 

You cannot otherwise continue construction of market-rate housing, except (i) to ensure that your existing construction sites are left in a safe and secure manner while they are shut down in compliance with this Order; or (ii) to engage in construction or repair necessary to ensure that existing market-rate housing is safe, sanitary, and habitable if that construction or repair cannot be delayed. 

 

 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:41

You must defer your remodel or renovation project unless it is necessary to restore your home to a safe, sanitary, and habitable space.

 

Last Updated 03/19/2020 - 17:27