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Marin County Public Health Status Update for December 01, 2023, includes Respiratory Virus Season Intensifies; Mystery Respiratory Disease in Dogs; World AIDS Day and HIV in Marin; Stocking Stuffer - Test Kits; Novavax is Here; 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.
Respiratory Virus Season Intensifies
As holiday gatherings and travel ramp up, COVID, flu and RSV cases are on the rise in Marin and across the region. In response, yesterday Marin County joined all Bay Area counties in a statement highlighting five key steps residents can take to stay healthy. Vaccination remains the single most protective measure to prevent serious illness. Marin's drop-in vaccination clinics are now open until December 21st. Walk in or schedule an appointment. Locate a vaccine provider at Vaccine Finder.
Mystery Respiratory Disease in Dogs
The CDC is reporting an increase in pneumonia cases from an unknown infectious agent among dogs in several states including California. Today, Marin Public Health issued a Health Advisory for local veterinarians outlining guidance and requesting any cases be reported. If a dog is experiencing cough, sneezing, and difficulty breathing owners should contact their pet’s veterinarian for evaluation and possible treatment. Sick dogs should not have contact with other dogs, including in kennels, groomers, dog day cares or group walks.
World AIDS Day and HIV in Marin
December 1st is World AIDS Day. To commemorate, Marin County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution highlighting progress while citing ongoing HIV transmission locally. HIV is highly preventable and treatable. Marin Public Health tracks local patterns on the newly launched HIV dashboard. A list of local HIV support services can be found here.
Stocking Stuffer - Test Kits
Residents can now order another 4 free at-home COVID tests from the federal government, to be delivered to their homes. If you did not yet order tests this fall, you may place two orders for a total of 8 tests. Go here to place your order.
Novavax is Here
The Novavax Covid-19 vaccine with an updated formula has been approved by the FDA. The vaccine contains a coronavirus protein that prompts the immune system to fight off the virus. This is “traditional” vaccine technology compared to novel and highly effective Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines. In one clinical trial, Novavax had fewer side effects than mRNA vaccines. Anyone 12 years and older is eligible for the Novavax vaccine. Visit vaccines.gov to find a Novavax vaccine.
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
Resource Link Library
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