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Public Health Status Update for 07/12/2024

Marin County Public Health Status Update for July 12, 2024, includes Covid Summer Swell; Avian Flu; HeatRisk – HealReadyCA; Spare the Air; Foster Care Opportunities; and COVID-19 Data Update

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Public Health Status Update for 06/21/2024

Marin County Public Health Status Update for June 21, 2024, includes Wildfire Smoke; Summer COVID Surge; Skin Health and Sunlight; Pride and Sexual Health; 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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Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from the Point Fire in Sonoma County impacted Marin County air quality this week. An increasing body of evidence is linking prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke to serious health outcomes. Simple measures to protect ourselves are outlined in the updated Marin County wildfire smoke safety webpage and described by Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis in this video from last year’s wildfire season. In addition, you can sign up for the new air quality notification service from the Bay Area Air District.  

Summer COVID Surge

Since June 1, the amount of SARS-CoV-2 in Marin County wastewater has more than doubled, to a four-month high. COVID-19 hospitalizations have followed a similar pattern and continue to rise. Factors contributing to transmission include increased gatherings and travel, the emergence of more contagious variants, and waning immunity from our last vaccines. The most important measure for protection is an updated COVID-19 vaccine

Skin Health and Sunlight 

Marin County has significantly higher rates of skin cancer than most other California communities. We also have an average of 256 sunny days per year, 50 more than the national average, and a population that remains active outdoors across the age spectrum. Direct sunlight carries radiation that can cause cancer. For people of all ages, protecting our skin with sunscreen, clothing and hats helps prevent cancer and photoaging. Residents should be engaging their healthcare providers in regular skin checks, Learn more at CDC’s Sun Safety Facts.   

Pride and Sexual Health

Pride Month events ramp up Bay Area wide through next week, including at College of Marin. Marin Public Health seeks to ensure residents of all orientations and identities can have a healthy sexual life. Pre-exposure medication (PrEP) is a proven strategy to prevent HIV transmission. Anyone interested in learning more or receiving HIV PrEP can visit the Marin Public Health PrEP webpage

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 KP.2, JN.1

 

Marin County COVID-19 Hospitalizations  Today’s Report

Hospitalized Patients 

14

ICU Patients

0

 

Settings Experiencing Outbreaks Today’s Report

Long-Term Care and Congregate Living Facilities

5

Schools and Childcare

1

 

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