COVID-19 status update for 08/02/2022

The August 2, 2022 update includes: save your high-value masks for wildfire season; building partnerships and preparing for future disasters; Vaccination Opportunities in Marin State Declares Emergency to Help Fight Monkeypox; Know Your COVID-19 Community Level; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is released twice a week and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the local economy thriving. We’re here for you.

Save your quality masks for wildfire season

The high-quality masks we rely on to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection can also reduce risk during times of wildfire smoke.

Wildfire smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can make you cough and wheeze and make breathing difficult for some people. If you have asthma or another lung condition or heart condition, inhaling wildfire smoke can be especially bad for you.

The best way to protect yourself from wildfire smoke is to stay indoors as much as possible and not exercise or engage in other activities that make you breathe deeply. If you can’t stay indoors or away from smoke, a particulate respirator – like the n95, KN94, and KF95 mask – can help protect your lungs. However, it is important that the mask is worn correctly: it should fit snugly on the face so that no outside air can penetrate inside.

Don’t use cloth or surgical masks during times of poor air quality – they can’t filter out the harmful particles and won’t protect your lungs from wildfire smoke.

Consider having an extra N95 mask in yours Emergency kit for home or your emergency bag.

Building partnerships and preparing for future disasters

Hospitals and healthcare facilities typically operate independently as they serve people in communities across the country. When a disaster strikes, these organizations must face new challenges and have strong plans and partnerships in place before a disaster occurs to save lives.

Marine Health and Human Services Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) is a federally funded program to support the readiness of regional health systems. It brings together individual healthcare and emergency organizations such as acute care hospitals, emergency services (EMS) providers, emergency management agencies and public health authorities to prepare healthcare systems to respond to emergencies and disasters. It fosters a sustained focus on improving patient outcomes, minimizes the need for additional state and federal resources during emergencies, and enables speedy recovery.

Building on the success of working with our local health partners during the COVID-19 pandemic, Marin County Public Health is now preparing for other disasters.

Today, Kaiser Permanente executives and physicians toured the Marin County Emergency Operations Center. This is part of a larger effort to work with the HPP network to plan a future exercise for a joint emergency response, recognizing the interdependence and benefits of close partnerships and the clear delineation of roles and responsibilities in a disaster .

Kaiser Permanente San Rafael executives and physicians tour the Marin County Emergency Operations Center.

Vaccination options in Marin

If you know someone who still needs a primary or booster vaccination, please share the list below! Staying up to date on our vaccines is just as important as getting a first batch. COVID-19 vaccines are FREE regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Upcoming clinics for people from 6 months:

  • August 4 – Marin Community Clinics, San Rafael
  • August 5 – Northgate Mall, San Rafael
  • August 6 – “Kerner Campus” (Marine Health & Wellness), San Rafael
  • August 9 – St. Andrew’s Church, Marin City

Other clinics for people aged 5 and over:

  • August 4 – Northgate Mall, San Rafael

Walk-ups are welcome at most vaccination centers. Visit the Vaccine Finder website to view clinic hours and addresses, or to schedule an appointment. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive a vaccination. For more immunization clinics in Marin and around the Bay Area, visit It’s my turn.

Know your COVID-19 community level

The CDCs COVID-19 community level are a tool designed to help communities decide what preventive measures to take based on the latest data. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 COVID-19 community level in Marin or any other community where you live, work or visit.

In other news… State declares state of emergency to help fight monkeypox

During the course of the COVID-19 response, we periodically included a non-coronavirus related update that was of local, regional, or national urgency (local wildfires, heat or smoke alerts, etc.).

As part of the state’s ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on August 1, 2022 to increase the state’s immunization efforts. The proclamation supports the ongoing work of the California Department of Health and others in the administration to coordinate a state-wide response to monkeypox, seek additional vaccines, and lead awareness and education efforts on access to vaccines and treatments.

A state of emergency allows for more flexibility in the face of a developing crisis, including the suspension of regulatory statutes that can hamper response and recovery efforts. It also helps in accessing federal aid and tapping into certain government resources.

To date, there are 1,135 cases nationwide, including 386 in San Francisco. There are only 3 cases in Marin County.

read this full proclamation. Read the latest monkeypox publication from CDPH.

COVID-19 data update:

Below is just a snapshot of local COVID-19 data. For a more in-depth analysis of COVID-19 trends, visit the Marin Data & Surveillance website, our Data FAQ, or Marin County Open data portal.

Weekly updated records (released on Fridays) include:

  • COVID-19 vaccination rates
  • COVID-19 cases and deaths among staff and residents at the facility
  • Weekly/cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths among residents of Marin
  • Provide COVID-19 dates

Status updates are now posted on Tuesdays and Fridays. “Change since last status update” (lower right column) can be 2-4 days depending on the date of the previous publication (view past status updates).

COVID-19 case data Today’s report Change from the last status update on July 29, 2022

Total number of confirmed cumulative cases

39,751

+ 219

“Active Cases” (confirmed in the last 10 days)

444

– 50

Recent COVID-19 hospitalizations (including incidental cases)

36

– 4

Current COVID-19 patient count in the ICU

4

+ 1

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