New Testing Guidelines
Marin County Public Health is now accepting health care provider testing referrals and self-referrals by essential workers. On May 1st, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance on prioritization of COVID-19 testing. Prioritized groups now include symptomatic and asymptomatic healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers.
Healthcare provider should offer telehealth evaluations for patients with mild or moderate illness to discuss the need for testing. Advise ill persons to stay home and away from others until they have been asymptomatic and afebrile without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 3 days; AND for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, i.e., the minimum length of time will be 10 days. Providers should review quarantine and isolation guidance with patients referred for testing. We also have the guidance available in Spanish. See the standing order for congregate testing.
Test Eligibility Criteria
- Symptomatic patients;
- Symptomatic and asymptomatic residents of congregate living facilities;
- Asymptomatic essential workers;
- Able to travel in their own vehicle to a centrally located testing site in Marin.
For patients meeting these criteria, clinicians can use the form below to refer patients for field-based COVID-19 testing. At the end, click yes to the question “Is this patient being referred for field-based testing” and Public Health staff will contact the patient within one to two business days to arrange testing.
Essential workers may use the form below to self-refer to field-based COVID-19 testing.
New Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order (Effective May 20)
New Public Health Emergency Isolation Order (Effective May 20)
CDC regularly updates clinical criteria for patients under investigation (PUI). Health care providers should refer to CDC's interim guidance for healthcare professionals. Health care providers should review and implement infection prevention and control guidance specific to COVID-19. CDC also regularly updates Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This interim guidance is intended to assist with assessment of risk, monitoring, and work restriction decisions for healthcare personnel (HCP) with potential exposure to COVID-19. CDC has also published educational materials for healthcare personnel - "What healthcare personnel should know about caring for patients with confirmed or possible 2019-nCoV infection."
- View the Field Guide 8.0
- Exposure Guide 2.5
- COVID-19 Wristband Protocol for Tracking Exposures
- Hospital Follow Up Information
- View a video on EMS Safety (1 of 5)
- View a video on EMS Safety (2 of 5)
- View a video on EMS Safety (3 of 5)
- View a video on EMS Safety (4 of 5)
- View a video on EMS Safety (5 of 5)
- View a video on donning and doffing protocol. (light humor is utilized)
Note From Marin County Public Health
Our local situation is rapidly evolving. The Marin Operational Area Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated to support and plan emergency response. Marin County Public Health is now shifting from containment to mitigation as COVID-19. We are now implementing community mitigation strategies to flatten the curve. There is now sustained community spread in the United States. For daily updates, visit https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/updates. Marin Health and Human Services Community Epidemiology program is also regularly providing COVID-19 Surveillance Reports: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/surveillance.
Marin County Public Health will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates when they become available. The health and well-being of our community is our highest priority.