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Marin County Public Health Status Update for December 08, 2023, includes Marin COVID-19 Hospitalizations on the Rise; Enhanced Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard; Regional 'Bird Flu’ Outbreak; Keep Loved Ones Safe Over the Holidays 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.
Marin COVID-19 Hospitalizations on the Rise
The number of people hospitalized with severe COVID-19 disease has increased 70% in Marin County in the past three weeks. This corresponds to increased virus levels in wastewater, signifying increased local transmission. The most common local strains are related to the XBB variant and are a good match for the current vaccine. Safeway and Marin County Public Health have joined forces to extend public vaccine offerings on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm through December 21st. Walk-up or book your appointment. Kaiser members should seek vaccines via Kaiser’s vaccine portal.
Enhanced Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard
Originally built to track COVID-19, Marin County Public Health’s wastewater surveillance has expanded to track nine organisms that affect the public’s health. These include COVID-19, RSV and flu, as well as common gastrointestinal viruses. Sampling results and trends are now displayed in a single view on the updated Marin County Wastewater Dashboard. Supported by WastewaterSCAN, samples are collected at six sites, covering 85% of County residents.
Regional 'Bird Flu’ Outbreak
Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), or “bird flu”, have impacted poultry farms in Sonoma County in the past month. In Marin, sporadic cases have been identified in wild birds, especially geese. Transmission to humans is rare and this is not currently a Public Health concern. However, animal viruses can mutate into more concerning forms and Marin Public Health is monitoring the situation. The California Department of Food and Agriculture provides updates on Avian Influenza.
Keep Loved Ones Safe Over the Holidays
The holidays can be a challenging time for some in our community. Risk for self-harm can increase during this season. If you or someone you know is in distress, call or text the 3-digit, Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. It’s confidential and operates 24/7. To prevent a momentary crisis from becoming a permanent tragedy for someone in your household, store firearms safely; keep them locked, unloaded and away from ammunition. Lean more at Preventing Access to Lethal Means.
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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