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COVID-19 Status Update for 07/23/2021

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Health Orders in effect for Marin County

State Public Health Officer Order

On June 11, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued a new public health order that supersedes previous State Health Officer Orders (including the orders of August 28, 2020;  July 13, 2020; May 7, 2020; and March 19, 2020). This new order sets the stage for Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and allows our communities to get much closer to a pre-pandemic reality.

What does the State Public Health Officer Order require?

The California Department of Public Health will continue to offer public health recommendations and guidance related to COVID-19. However, aside from the mandatory guidance referenced in the three bullets above, the other public health guidance related to COVID-19, issued by the California Department of Public Health, will not be mandatory. Instead, they will represent the Department's best recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 based on the scientific evidence and epidemiological data.

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Local Public Health Isolation and Quarantine Order

On June 14, 2021, Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis issued a new public health order that superseded previous State Health Officer Orders (including orders of May 20, 2020) and rescinded the orders of: April 28, 2021; Sept 2, 2020; June 8, 2020; May 29, 2020; May 15, 2020; April 27, 2020; and March 24, 2020. This new order was issued shortly after the State Public Health Officer Order and continues to emphasize that even with Marin going Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy that COVID-19 is still a risk especially to individuals who are not fully vaccinated. 

What does the Local Public Health Isolation and Quarantine Order require?

  • Isolation: All individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 must follow a series of protocols: They must put themselves in isolation, review the "Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 Contact Tracing" guide, notify their Close Contacts that they need to self-quarantine, and then refer these individuals to the same guide previously listed. The Order explains which persons are considered Close Contacts. 

  • Quarantine: Individuals who are defined as Close Contacts of a person with COVID-19 must quarantine themselves. They must adhere to the instructions stated in this Order and also public health guidance documents referenced in the Order. Fully vaccinated persons are not obligated to comply with this Order's quarantine requirements if they do not show signs of symptoms. These individuals may refer to the California Department of Public Health's "Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People."

What is the Legal Authority for the State and Local Orders Issued in Response to the Pandemic?

The State’s Health Order, issued June 11, 2021, lists the California Health and Safety Code provisions that authorize the California Department of Public Health to take action necessary to protect public health. (California Health & Safety Code Sections 120125, 120140, 120175, 120195 and 131080.)  Additional authority is provided by Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-60-20, which were issued pursuant to the Emergency Services Act, California Government Code Section 8550 et seq.  Local Health Orders issued by the Marin County Health Officer are issued pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Sections 101040, 101085, and 120175. 

 

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