Marin County Public Health Status Update for September 1, 2023, includes Tackling Fentanyl Crisis on Overdose Awareness Day; Marin COVID Activity Continues to Rise; Wildfire Smoke Prompts Local Health Advisory; Key Pandemic Partnership Pivots to New Priorities; and COVID-19 Data Update.
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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.
Tackling Fentanyl Crisis on Overdose Awareness Day
Solutions to the opioid crisis begin with awareness. Our community took a big step forward in events tied to yesterday's Overdose Awareness Day organized by OD Free Marin. Over 1,300 residents received free Narcan® kits, with training, in 14 sites county-wide. Narcan® is a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of fentanyl overdose and is easily administered by bystanders. Free Narcan® is available at distribution sites across Marin.
Marin COVID Activity Continues to Rise
The Marin COVID Level remains Medium as virus concentrations in wastewater and COVID hospitalizations continue their upward trend. In these conditions, wearing a mask in indoor crowded settings in an effective measure to prevent infection. Obtaining prompt post-infection treatment will help limit severity of illness. Marin Public Health urges residents to promptly get the fall booster once available for optimal protection.
Wildfire Smoke Prompts Local Health Advisory
On Wednesday, Marin Public Health issued a health advisory as local smoke levels reached the Red tier in the EPA's Air quality Index (AQI). While fires continue to the north, favorable winds have since helped clear the air. Residents should refer to Marin Public Health's Wildfire Air Quality guidelines. The local school-based smoke protocol adjusts activities according to AQI levels to ensure students' safety.
Key Pandemic Partnership Pivots to New Priorities
Marin’s pandemic response relied on Community Response Teams (CRTs) to reach communities in Novato, San Rafael, Southern Marin and West Marin. The CRT’s modeled effective government-community partnership and will expand beyond COVID response. CRT’s will be taking on Disaster Preparedness and Response, overdose prevention, and other community specific priorities in 2023-2024. Anchor organizations within the four zones are: North Marin Community Services, Canal Alliance, Multicultural Center of Marin, Marin County Cooperation Team, West Marin Community Services, San Geronimo Valley Community Center.
COVID-19 Data Update
Actively Circulating Variants
Marin County COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Hospitalized COVID-19 Confirmed Patients
|Patients Hospitalized "for" COVID-19 Disease
|ICU Daily COVID-19 Patient Census
Settings Experiencing Outbreaks
Long-Term Care and Congregate Living Facilities
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