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Marin County Public Health Status Update for December 15, 2023, includes EBike Safety in Marin County; Anticipated National Surge Due to Low Vaccination Rates; New Resources for Opioid Crisis Response; New Legislation for Climate 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.
EBike Safety in Marin County
Ebike safety is an emerging priority in Marin County. Dr. Matt Willis addresses the rise in electric bike (ebike) injuries, especially among school-aged youth, and describes simple safety measures. Stay up to date with bike accident trends at Marin Public Health's bicycle safety dashboard and make informed ebike purchases by consulting the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) buyer's guide.
Anticipated National Surge Due to Low Vaccination Rates
The CDC has signaled that low vaccination rates for influenza, COVID-19, and RSV are driving a rise in respiratory disease hospitalizations nationally. While Marin County COVID-19 vaccination rates remain the highest in the state, many residents remain unprotected. Act now to protect yourself and your family—find a nearby vaccine clinic at Vaccines.gov.
New Resources for Opioid Crisis Response
The crisis of fentanyl and opioid overdose has been a focus of collective action in Marin, through the OD Free Marin coalition. The California Department of Public Health is supporting local efforts, and has established a new opioid and fentanyl prevention site. Stay informed, protect yourself, and visit ODFreeMarin.org to see Marin's efforts. Spread the word on social media using the Marin County awareness campaign, “Where’s The Fentanyl” toolkit.
New Legislation for Climate Health
Organic waste is a significant source of landfill mass and carbon emissions. A new law reinforces the local standard for composting. SB 1383, the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction law, mandates all Californians must compost organic waste. Proper sorting of landfill, recycling, and compostables is important for climate action. Explore the science behind these measures in the Fifth National Climate Assessment and take local action at ZeroWasteMarin.org/Hauler.
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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