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Public Health Status Update for 05/24/2024

Marin County Public Health Status Update for May 24, 2024, includes Wastewater Monitoring for H5N1 Bird Flu Begins in Marin; Play Marin: Health Equity in Action; Vaccines Shield Against Long COVID; CalFresh and Food… Read More

Public Health Status Update for 04/26/2024

Marin County Public Health Status Update for April 26, 2024, includes Video:  H5N1: Update on an Emerging Threat; Mental Health is Public Health; Emergency Medical Services Leaders Honored; Winter Respiratory Virus Season Has Ended; 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.

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H5N1: Update on an Emerging Threat 

The H5N1 strain of bird flu is spreading widely in both bird and mammal populations. In this video Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health Officer for Marin County, explains what this may mean for Marin and describes steps to protect ourselves. 

Mental Health Is Public Health 

May is Mental Health Month.  At least one in four people in our Marin community faces a mental health or substance use challenge. Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and partners invite you to join events throughout May to prioritize mental health and combat stigma.  Highlights include:   

  • May 2: Marin Maternal Mental Health Community Forum with California Surgeon General Dr. Diana Ramos. RSVP to Michelle@First5Marin.org  

  • May 9: Drew Robinson, former SF Giant and Mental Health Advocate: A survivor’s story about mental health, hope and recovery. Register  

  • May 18: "One Stride at a Time: 5K for Hope, Help, and Recovery." Register  

  • May 21: "Honoring Stories, Transforming Minds" with Living Arts Playback Theater. Register to share and heal through theater.  

More mental health month events can be found here.   

Winter Respiratory Virus Season Ends 

Local clinical and wastewater data are demonstrating that the local winter virus season is behind us. RSV and influenza levels have returned to “off season” levels. COVID-19 is less seasonal and transmission risk should be assumed to be present year-round. The local public health mandate requiring mask use in hospitals and nursing homes during peak respiratory virus season ended March 31. 

Emergency Medical Services Leaders Honored 

Marin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responds to about 25 thousand 911 calls for medical emergencies every year. The EMS system is administered under Public Health and operated by fire agency EMT’s and paramedics across Marin. The heads of both our EMS and Fire agencies have recently been honored statewide. Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber was named California Fire Chief of the Year, and Marin County EMS Director Chris Le Baudour was named California EMS Educator of the Year. Under their joint leadership, Marin County ambulance response times and 911 call patient outcomes consistently out-perform state and national averages. 

COVID-19 Data Update

Below is a snapshot of local COVID-19 data. Find a more in-depth analysis of COVID-19 trends on the Marin Data & Surveillance webpage, our Data FAQ, or Marin County's Open Data Portal.

Actively Circulating Variants JN.1

 

Marin County COVID-19 Hospitalizations  Today’s Report

Hospitalized Patients 

6

ICU Patients

0

 

Settings Experiencing Outbreaks Today’s Report

Long-Term Care and Congregate Living Facilities

4

Schools and Childcare

0

 

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