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COVID-19 Status Update for 12/02/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for December 2, 2021 includes Post-Holiday Testing Reminder; Public Health Shares Vaccine Lessons; and updated local COVID-19 data.… Read More

Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities

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Older adults age 65 and older and persons with disabilities are among the most at risk for COVID-19. Marin County has one of the highest percentages of older adults in the state with 29% of our residents age 60 and older.

Marin County Public Health works closely with providers of health and social services for older adults and persons with disabilities, including healthcare systems and medical providers, community clinics, community-based organizations and long-term care facilities to inform individuals about how they can protect themselves from the virus.

The information and resources on this webpage are meant to serve as guides to help individuals navigate various COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations. Because each person’s combination of health status, medical conditions, living arrangements, support system and abilities are unique, Marin County Public Health recommends individuals consult with their physicians if they need more specific advice about when vaccines will be available for them, and whether to engage in certain activities.

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Local Restrictions

Find the current Public Health Orders in effect for Marin County and other information about COVID-19 in Marin on the County’s COVID-19 website.

This site also contains information about vaccines, testing, face coverings, isolation and quarantine, travel, staying safe, local COVID-19 data and more.

If you have any questions, please call the state COVID-19 CA Hotline (833)422-4255 Phone calls will be answered Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm and 8am-5:00pm, or submit an inquiry using our online form.

For urgent medical matters, please contact your healthcare provider. If you feel you might be experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

Vaccine Information

Distribution of vaccines in Marin County is dynamic and dependent upon the number of vaccines sent to our county and available resources. Marin County Public Health is distributing vaccines based on prioritizing 1) prevention of morbidity and mortality and 2) preservation of societal functioning. The goal is for everyone to have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available. However, not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away.

Separately, Marin County’s three hospitals – Kaiser Permanente, MarinHealth and Novato Community Hospital -- are also distributing vaccines. For information on their distribution schedules, contact the hospitals or your health care provider or visit the hospitals’ websites.

Updated vaccine distribution information is available on the Marin County COVID-19 website.

Testing Information

Current testing information is available on our website.

Daily Activities and Going Out

The following information has been compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

  • If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions.
  • Keep these items on hand when venturing out: a face mask, tissues, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if possible.

Should you go out? Learn what factors to consider before you head out.

Visit the CDC website for more information. 

What to Do If You’re Sick

As with other illnesses, contact your healthcare provider’s advice line, primary care physician or your health care clinic to inform them of your sickness. Ask for their advice about how to take care of yourself and what signs to watch for that may indicate you need urgent or emergency medical care.

If you live with others, also ask for advice on how they can protect themselves from contracting the virus. This usually involves wearing masks, social distancing, sleeping in separate rooms and using different bathrooms.

If you feel you might be experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

What to Do If You Need Support

Marin County’s Information and Assistance social workers provide information and assistance about services and resources in Marin County for older adults, adults with disabilities and family caregivers. Social workers who speak Spanish are available during business hours and other language translation is available.

Call (415) 473-INFO (4636) or email the info line. Calls and emails are answered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Resources can be found by visiting Marin County’s online community resource guide.

For information about COVID-19, please visit the Marin County COVID-19 website, call the CA COVID-19 hotline at (833)422-4255 or email the COVID-19 Information Team.

Caregiving During COVID-19

The following resources are for caregivers providing ongoing care for people who aren’t sick as well as for people who have COVID-19 or other illnesses.

The Family Caregiver Alliance is a hub of information, education and resources on caregiving. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care

The site includes specific information about caregiving during COVID-19, including a video series titled "Staying Well Together, a COVID-19 Webinar Series for Caregivers, Consumers and Families.”

Other information for caring for people with COVID-19 include:

The Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center offers free and low-cost services in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to caregivers provide the best possible care to their loved ones, while also focusing on their own health and well-being.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services offers family caregiver respite and emotional support through its Seniors At Home program. Call (415) 449-3777 or email.

Marin Center for Independent Living (Marin CIL) maintains a registry of screened caregivers who can provide help with activities of daily living. Besides referrals from staff, you may access a Personal Assistant (PA) through the free online registry called QuickMatch.org.

QuickMatch.org is a web-based application where you can view the caregiver profile, skills, availability and contact information. There are also helpful online tools that help with finding and hiring a caregiver.

To learn more about Marin CIL’s Registry services and/or sign up for QuickMatch.org, visit www.marincil.org or email Debra or Mary.

Isolation and Dementia

Resources for individuals with dementia and their family members and caregivers include The Alzheimer’s Association which provides information and referral, care, consultation, support groups and education for those living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their family members.

The Alzheimer's Association also provides a 24/7 Helpline with reliable information and support. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1 (800) 272-3900 or visit their website.

Other resources can be found by visiting Marin County’s online community resource guide, calling (415) 473-INFO (4636) or by email.

COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Facilities

Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities are Vulnerable for COVID-19

Residents in assisted living, skilled nursing, and other congregate living communities can be vulnerable to infection and severe illness from COVID-19. Advanced age, chronic medical conditions, and close proximity to staff and other residents are some contributing factors. Over 80% of COVID-19 deaths in Marin County have been residents in these settings. That’s why federal, state and local public health agencies have prioritized this population for COVID-19 response.

State and Local COVID-19 Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities

Licensed long-term care facilities receive COVID-19 guidance and support from their state licensing agency and local public health department. Guidance such as frequency of COVID-19 testing for staff and residents, restriction of resident activities or visits by family or friends, will vary depending on factors in the community and within each facility. Community factors may include number of COVID-19 cases, positivity rate of COVID-19 tests completed, hospitalization rates, and Intensive Care Unit bed availability. Facility factors may include COVID-19 outbreak status, staffing limitations, or physical space restrictions. Facilities should be communicating regularly with their licensing agency and local public health about current COVID-19 status and guidelines for their facility.

Additional Resources

The Marin County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program provides free and confidential information about long-term care facilities, resident rights, COVID-19 issues in facilities, and assistance resolving problems for residents in long-term care facilities. Visit our website for additional information about the program or call (415) 473-7163.

Visit the California Department of Social Services' Community Care Licensing website for COVID-19 information regarding assisted living and other facilities.

For COVID-19 information regarding skilled nursing facilities and other facilities licensed by the California Department of Public Health, visit their website.

Information about long-term care facilities in Marin County under the jurisdiction of Marin County Public Health is available on their website.

Safety Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse a collection of the most frequently asked questions from our COVID-19 Response Team.

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Subscribe to receive daily COVID-19 information from Marin County. To receive updates on your smartphone, text "MARIN COVID" (without the quotes) to 468311.

Questions?

Marin Public Health has a response team dedicated to answering non-medical COVID-19 questions and concerns. Contact them by email or call the CA COVID-19 Hotline at (833)422-4255. For medical questions, contact your health systems’ advice line, primary care physician or health clinic.

If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation to participate in a County program, service, or activity, requests may be made by calling (415) 473-4381 (Voice), Dial 711 for CA Relay, or by email at least five business days in advance of the event. We will do our best to fulfill requests received with less than five business days’ notice. Copies of documents are available in alternative formats upon request.