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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 05/10/2024

Marin County Public Health Status Update for May 10, 2024, includes Video: H5N1: Update on an Emerging Threat; 2023 Marin County Overdose Death Numbers Finalized; A Mother’s Day Gift: Help Me Grow Marin; Rabies in Bats; 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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Video: H5N1: Update on an Emerging Threat 

As the H5N1 virus continues to spread in animals, Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Health Officer shares the most critical metrics to follow and describes a vulnerability for H5N1 infections in our community.  

2023 Marin County Overdose Death Numbers Finalized  

In 2023, 61 residents have been determined to have died from drug overdose. This matches the number from 2022.  Overdose mortality was highest in 2021, with 65 deaths. The data can be tracked on the OD Free Main overdose prevention dashboard. This week, the Marin County Board of Supervisors recognized May 7 as Fentanyl Awareness Day with a resolution. Marin Public Health and community members in the OD Free Marin coalition reinforced that overdoses are preventable with measures like Narcan (the nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose) and accessing treatment for substance use disorders.  

A Mother’s Day Gift: Help Me Grow Marin 

Raising a child is hard work that can bring up a lot of questions for parents and caregivers. The first five years of life are the most critical for healthy brain and emotional development. As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s an opportunity to remind parents that Help Me Grow Marin provides resources and tools to support children’s development and families in need. Help Me Grow links parents, caregivers, clinicians, childcare and other service providers to help families thrive.  

Rabies in Bats 

In Marin County, approximately one out of ten bats found dead test positive for rabies. Dead bats submitted to the Marin Humane Society are tested at the regional public health laboratory.  Humans and animals who have close contact with infected bats are at risk. Cats, who sometimes handle dead or dying bats, should all be vaccinated by their veterinarian. If you encounter a bat indoors, or a dead or dying bat, avoid direct skin contact, report it to the Marin Humane Society and follow guidance outlined here for evaluation for potential post-exposure medication to prevent infection.  

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 


ICU Patients



Settings Experiencing Outbreaks Today’s Report

Long-Term Care and Congregate Living Facilities


Schools and Childcare



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