Today, Marin Public Health confirmed its first cases of community acquired COVID-19 infection in Marin County. Today’s two additional cases bring Marin’s total count to five. Community transmission means they are unrelated to travel and have no identifiable contact with a known case, indicating likely infection within our community.
Two New Cases Confirmed:
Today, Marin Public Health issued a news release confirming two new COVID-19 cases in Marin County, bring the total positive case count to five. The two new cases are believed to be caused by community transmission (meaning they are unrelated to international travel and have no identifiable source).
In the news release, Marin Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis commented:
“The first cases of community transmission of COVID-19 in Marin means we’re in a new stage of working to mitigate spread,” said Dr Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We’ve been anticipating this. This is why we took big steps this week, including limiting large gatherings and closing classrooms.”
New Guidance on Cleaning Community Spaces:
Steps to ensure appropriate disinfection of common areas within community spaces – such as offices, day care centers, community centers, etc. -- is a commonly asked question. The spreading of the COVID-19 virus from surfaces to people has not been documented but current evidence suggests that the virus may remain infectious for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings.
To provide some clarity on this topic, Marin Public Health, in collaboration with Marin County Environmental Health Services recently issued guidance on cleaning community spaces, which reviews cleaning and disinfection procedures, proper trash disposal, and safety tips for cleaning personnel.
On Wednesday, Marin County Public Health soft-launched its “drive through” field testing site in Marin. After the successful pilot, the field-testing site fully launched on Thursday. Since that time, more than 100 Marin county residents have been referred for testing.
For someone to be eligible to be tested, they must be referred by a physician. This is so the physician can assess symptoms and rule out other possible conditions (e.g., flu, pneumonia). Once a doctor determines the individual should be tested, the testing will be coordinated with Marin Public Health.
COVID-19 activity in Marin:
- Confirmed cases with known source: 3
- Confirmed cases from local transmission: 2
- COVID-19 related deaths in Marin: 0
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is managing the evaluation, quarantine and testing of passengers from the Grand Princess Cruise -- Hawaiian voyage. While all American passengers have been relocated from the cruise ship to isolation areas, Marin Health Officials are still awaiting the ship’s manifest to determine which passengers – if any – are Marin County residents.
- As of March 13 at 8:00a.m., there are 247 cases and three deaths in California, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Where to get the latest information:
Visit the official Marin County Coronavirus webpage (MarinHHS.org/coronavirus) review answers to frequently asked questions, access guidance for special groups and subscribe for email updates. To view past status updates concerning COVID-19 activity in Marin County, click on the resources tab on the Coronavirus webpage.
Have questions? Individuals can contact Marin Health and Human Services with non-medical questions about the coronavirus by calling (415) 473-7191 (Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 12-noon and 1pm to 5pm) or emailing COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.