Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for May 13, 2022 includes: Video: Indoor Masking Recommendation Explained; Bay Area Health Officers Urge Public to Take Precautions as COVID-19 Levels Rise; COVID-19 Surge in Marin Fueled by BA.2 Variant; Website Server Maintenance; Think Positive, Test Negative; and updated local COVID-19 data.
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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published two times per week and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the local economy running. We remain here for you.
Video: Indoor Masking Recommendation Explained
Dr. Willis provides guidance for residents making decisions about face covering as cases surge. He explains the “why now?” behind today’s Bay Area-wide recommendation to resume mask use in indoor public settings, and how this signals a shift in the policy approach to pandemic control.
Bay Area Health Officers Urge Public to Take Precautions as COVID-19 Levels Rise
This statement has been endorsed by health officers from the counties of Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma as well as the City of Berkeley.
Twelve Bay Area health officers are emphasizing the importance of taking safety precautions, including continued masking indoors, as the region experiences a new swell of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The Bay Area now has California’s highest COVID-19 infection rates, fueled by highly contagious Omicron subvariants. Bay Area counties are seeing increases in reported cases, levels of virus in wastewater, and hospitalizations. Actual case rates are higher than those reported because of widespread use of home tests.
The health officers reiterate their continued, strong support for people to mask up indoors, keep tests handy, and ensure they are up to date on vaccinations by getting boosters when eligible.
“As cases rise around us, it’s important to understand that more people around you are likely infected or have been exposed,” said Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. “Masks are an easy tool you can use to protect yourself and lower your risk of infection.”
The grim milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19[External] in the United States, reached earlier this week, underscores the need for continued vigilance against the virus.
COVID-19 Surge in Marin Fueled by BA.2 Variant
Marin County is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious Omicron BA.2 variant. Since the first week of April, when BA.2 became the dominant strain in Marin, case rates have tripled. As with prior surges, this has led to outbreaks in schools, long term care facilities and correctional institutions. Virus levels in wastewater confirm COVID-19 activity is increasing across the county.
Marin County Public Health attributes the current surge to two main factors—the characteristics of the newly emerging Omicron variants and the behavior of the community.
“Each variant is different,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We’re learning in real time about this new strain, and what it does and doesn’t do. It’s very good at infecting people, including those who are vaccinated. But it’s not sending vaccinated people to the hospital.”
Website Server Maintenance
Our website server will undergo a series of routine maintenance this weekend. These are scheduled during times when our sites for Marin Health and Human Services , the Marin County COVID-19 webpage, and Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, receive the least amount of online traffic. While changes are in the process of implementation for each site, they will be temporarily inaccessible until the maintenance tasks are completed.
The scheduled times for each maintenance are below:
May 13, 2022, 9:00 PM – May 14, 2022, 4:00 AM
May 14, 2022, 9:00 PM – May 15, 2022, 4:00 AM
May 15, 2022, 9:00 PM – May 16, 2022, 4:00 AM
Think Positive, Test Negative
Testing is an essential tool to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community. If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, get tested as soon as possible. Or, if are you a close contact of someone who is COVID positive, follow our Isolation and Quarantine guidance and Get a COVID-19 test 5 days after your exposure.
More information about FREE COVID-19 testing, as well as information on when to get tested, how to schedule an appointment, types of tests, and what you should do while awaiting your test results, can be found at Coronavirus.MarinHHS.org/testing. Result turnaround times of most testing sites are within 48 hours.
Interested in receiving FREE at-home tests?
Can’t Get a Test?
If you are symptomatic and cannot obtain a test or testing appointment, treat your symptoms as COVID-19 and isolate. If you’ve tested positive with an at-home test, there is no need to confirm the result with a PCR test. Treat a positive as a positive, regardless of the type of test used, and be sure to report your result with our self-test reporting form.
COVID-19 Data Update:
Data sets updated weekly (published on Fridays) include:
- COVID-19 vaccination rates
- COVID-19 cases & deaths among facility staff and residents
- Weekly/Cumulative count of COVID-19 deaths among Marin residents
- State COVID-19 Data
Status updates are now published Tuesdays and Fridays. “Change from Last Status Update” (far right column, below) may account for 2-4 days, depending on the date of the previous publication (view past status updates).
COVID-19 Case Data
Change from Last Status Update
Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases
“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 10 Days)
Total Cumulative Deaths
Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census
* Change from last Friday.
COVID-19 Vaccination Data
Change from Last Week
Percent of Marin residents age 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose
Percent of Marin population age 5+ who have completed vaccine series.
Marin residents age 5+ who have received a Booster/3rd Dose
Percent of entire Marin population that is “fully immunized” (14+ days post final dose)*
* Note that this percentage is out of all Marin residents including children younger than 5.
Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data:
Change from Last Week
Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative
Positive Patients at Facilities current
Positive Staff at Facilities current
Facility Patient Deaths
Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths
State COVID-19 data:
Change from Last Week
California Confirmed Cases
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