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Marin County Public Health Status Update for January 19, 2024, includes COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines Relaxed; Vaccinations Protect Against Long COVID in Kids; Removing Language Barriers in Medical Emergencies; Counties Promote Switch to Induction Cooking; and COVID-19 Data Update.
The Marin County Public Health Status Update is published weekly to share news and resources related to pandemic response and recovery, emergency preparedness, and other public health priorities.
COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines Updated
Last week, the California Department of Public Health further relaxed COVID-19 isolation recommendations. Marin Public Health supports this change, and issued this letter to the school community today. Under the new guidance, isolation can end when symptoms are resolved or improving, and fever is absent for 24 hours, rather than waiting a minimum of five days. Masks continue to be recommended indoors for 10 days after symptom onset or first positive test. This progress is enabled by widespread vaccines, treatments and the reliable protection of masks.
Vaccinations Protect Against Long COVID in Kids
Marin's dedication to childhood vaccinations may have lowered the prevalence of long COVID for our kids. A recent study published in Pediatrics analyzed the records of over a million kids and found that vaccinated teens had 50.3% lower rates of long covid symptoms than those who were unvaccinated. Vaccination reduces the risk of serious illness, and long COVID risk is related to severity of disease. COVID vaccinations have lasting benefits not only for our adults, but also for our children.
Removing Language Barriers in Medical Emergencies
In a medical emergency, clear communication between ambulance crews and patients or bystanders is vital. With multiple languages in common use across Marin, local Emergency Medical Service providers are taking new steps to ensure all residents have timely interpretation services during 911 responses. Last week, Dr Dustin Ballard, Marin County EMS Medical Director, shared the local strategy at the National Association of EMS Physicians conference.
Counties Promote Switch to Induction Cooking
Gas stoves can significantly impact indoor air quality and contribute to fossil fuel consumption. Marin has joined other Bay Area counties in a drive to promote a switch to induction cooking, which uses a copper coil under the cooking surface rather than gas to generate heat. Interested residents can join the North Bay Induction Cooking Expo on January 27 at 11 am in Santa Rosa. Learn more at County of Marin - News Releases - Induction Cooking
COVID-19 Data Update
|Actively Circulating Variants
|Marin County COVID-19 Hospitalizations
New Admissions Over the Past Week
|Settings Experiencing Outbreaks
Long-Term Care and Congregate Living Facilities
Schools and Childcare
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