Thank you all for sharing your concerns about the heavy influx of visitors to West Marin. Please continue to follow the shelter in place order. We are working to correct the misunderstanding that traveling outside of your community for exercise is appropriate. (See yesterday’s county press release and Covid-19-Status update, pasted below).
Also, there is a new sign plan for all of the major arteries to the coast; signs should be already be in place. They should read: “Public Health Order, Coastal Access Restricted”
Additional closures are recommended by PRNS in order to improve safety for staff, visitors and our local community. See their press release attached as well.
Thank you for your patience and feel free to share widely.
RhondaMarin County COVID-19 status update: March 21, 2020
COVID-19 activity in Marin: Marin County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Dashboard
(at point of testing site)
Marin County Public Health continues to advance policies to limit community spread and support our excellent healthcare partners’ capacity to respond.
Public Health Order reminderThe Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is urging Bay Area residents not to travel beyond their communities as they engage in outdoor activities during the statewide shelter-in-place order.
Marin County’s coastal communities saw an unusual influx of visitors – residents from around the Bay Area – amassing for the purpose of being outdoors. State and county park parking lots and bathrooms are closed due to the shelter in place order, adding to further congestion and creating problems with sanitation.
Marin County Public Health reminds Marin residents and visitors to:
· Stay local. Many local neighborhoods are walkable or have trails and parks nearby that are easily accessed by foot or bicycle. Avoid driving whenever possible, and stay close to home when enjoying fresh air and outdoor activity.
· Continue to practice social distancing. It’s tempting to meet with friends for a day at the beach, but to prevent the spread of COVID-19 everyone needs to be at least 6 feet away from others when outside the household.Where to make donationsWe’ve been contacted my multiple community members asking about donations. In lieu of physical donations from community members, and in keeping in line with social distancing, the Marin Community Foundation has set up a COVID-19 relief fund. The fund will be used to soften the social and economic impacts of the pandemic with five main efforts:
· Emergency rental assistance for low-income residents
· Expanded food for economically disadvantaged families
· Expanded meals for seniors
· Wi-Fi mobile access for economically disadvantaged students
· Emergency childcare for health care workers and emergency respondersCOVID-19 surveillance and data reminderMarin County Public Health has developed a system to try to detect early outbreak activity. Two main indicators of potential COVID-19 virus transmission locally include the number of confirmed cases and the number of people experiencing severe respiratory illness. Tracking this will help our healthcare providers and partners know when COVID-19 activity may be increasing in Marin.
Marin County Public Health receives regular updates on the number of respiratory illness cases from all Marin County emergency departments (ED’s) and from Emergency Medical Services (EMS), our countywide 9-1-1 ambulance response system. We track these over time, and evaluate these trends by age because older adults infected with COVID-19 experience more severe disease. Knowing there are always ups and downs in our usual activity, we're looking for significant changes. This is mainly intended for our clinicians, but others may be interested in seeing the trends. You can track these trends online by visiting MarinHHS.org/Coronavirus/Data.
A message from your Deputy Public Health OfficerFor today’s update, Dr. Lisa Santora talks about the large amount of visitors to our coastal region, the dangers it causes for our vulnerable population and why it is imperative that we adhere to the Public Health Order.
(Click on the photo or watch the video on YouTube)
Where to get the latest information:Visit the official Marin County Coronavirus webpage (MarinHHS.org/coronavirus) to review answers to frequently asked questions, access guidance for special groups and subscribe for email updates. To view past status updates concerning COVID-19 activity in Marin County, click on the resources tab on the Coronavirus webpage.
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