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Overview

  • This page contains links to the most recent County of Marin press releases related to COVID-19.
  • Included below are daily status updates from Marin Health and Human Services (Marin HHS) and news releases from the county.
  • Marin HHS is also providing regular video updates on YouTube from public health officers.
  • Daily updates of COVID-19 statistics for Marin County are posted to the Marin HHS Surveillance Reports page.
  • Marin HHS also maintains a page with progress indicators for containing COVID-19. The data that is being tracked will help public health officers assess to what extent we can continue to loosen the shelter-in-place order. More information on the process for relaxing the order may be found on the Marin Recovers website.

Press Releases by Date

  • May 28, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 28th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about expanded mobile testing, and a video update from Dr. Willis on testing and analysis of new cases."

  • May 27, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 27th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, a reminder about facial coverings, reminder about new guidelines for some industries, and two video updates: (1) update on Marin Recovers, and (2) a statement from Dr. Willis regarding newly confirmed COVID-19 cases."

  • May 26, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 26th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about COVID-19 testing for workers in Marin County, and a video update on testing and frequently asked questions."

  • May 26, 2020: Public Health Urges COVID-19 Test for All Workers
    " Marin County Public Health is calling on all businesses and employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic – especially where workers have frequent contact with the public – to utilize free COVID-19 testing options. Marin County has nearly tripled its testing capacity over the past three weeks. While an increase of confirmed cases is a natural byproduct of increased testing, the test results and contact tracing data have revealed spikes of cases among people who work in public service jobs, such as grocery stores, construction sites, gas stations, food service and restaurants, school services, and landscaping."

  • May 25, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 25th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, a recap of COVID-19 videos, news items and updates from the past week."

  • May 24, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 24th, 2020, includes updated COVID-19 activity and a recap of COVID-19 related news items and updates from the past week."

  • May 23, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 23rd, 2020, includes updated COVID-19 activity, a proposed extension of the eviction moratorium, and our top 5 recent informational videos."

  • May 22, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "Heading into Memorial Day weekend, Marin County Public Health and Marin County Parks are conveying a message of responsible recreation at a time of year that’s typically a festive springtime celebration mixed with a tribute to fallen military veterans."

  • May 22, 2020: Eviction Moratorium Proposed through June 30
    "After more than two months of its shelter-in-place public health order because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Marin County plans to add another month onto its moratorium on residential evictions."

  • May 22, 2020: Marin Calls for Responsible Recreation Over Holiday
    "The status update for May 21st, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, food relief information during COVID-19, information about cyber security practices during COVID-19 and MarinRecovers.com information."

  • May 22, 2020: Marin Issues Summer Camp Opening Guidelines
    "Kids can’t wait for summer playtime. Parents are eager for child care and a break from sheltering in place. Now, summer camp operators and child care businesses in Marin County have the guidelines they need to proceed with their reopening plans to children of non-essential workers and prepare for a combination of fun and public safety, starting June 1."

  • May 21, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 21st, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, food relief information during COVID-19, information about cyber security practices during COVID-19 and MarinRecovers.com information."

  • May 21, 2020: Vigilance Needed to Fend Off COVID-19 Scammers
    " In this time of sheltering and isolation, more older adults are learning how to use technology and are vulnerable to deceiving offers. The County of Marin’s Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) is reminding older adults to be vigilant against scammers and learn more about cybersecurity practices."

  • May 20, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 20th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, information about additional funding from MarinHealth for community based COVID-19 projects and a video update from Public Health."

  • May 20, 2020: Additional Food Relief Available During COVID-19
    "Applications for food assistance benefits from the State of California’s CalFresh program have increased 343% from last year in Marin County, and the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is encouraging even more residents to sign up."

  • May 19, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 19th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, a list of local restaurants approved for the Great Plates Program, MarinRecovers.com information and an archive of video updates."

  • May 18, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 18th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, information on COVID-19 progress indicators and the next steps for reopening, MarinRecovers.com and a video update from Dr. Willis and a guest speaker."

  • May 18, 2020: Progress on COVID-19 Indicators, and Next Steps for Reopening
    "The following is a joint statement from health officers in the counties of Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, plus the City of Berkeley: Thanks to the steadfast commitment of our residents to stay home, practice social distancing, and follow public health guidance, we have seen sustained progress on several key indicators regarding containment of COVID-19. This has remained true a full incubation period after the reopening of construction, outdoor businesses, and certain outdoor activities on May 4, 2020."

  • May 17, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 17th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, Parks closure update, updated Orders, guidance documents and appendices, MarinRecovers.com and an archive of video updates."

  • May 16, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 16th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, updated Orders, guidance documents and appendices, Parks Closure updates, MarinRecovers.com and an archive of video updates."

  • May 15, 2020: Parking Restrictions to Loosen at Some Rec Areas
    "Starting May 18, those who have been sheltering in place will be allowed to drive a vehicle to many Marin County city, town and County-operated parks and trailheads, park nearby, and enjoy a hike, just like pre-pandemic times."

  • May 15, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 15th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, updated Orders, guidance and appendices, MarinRecovers.com information and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 14, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 14th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about new guidelines and reopening planning tools for retail and manufacturing businesses, and an overview of our Marin COVID-19 Response video playlist."

  • May 14, 2020: Guidance Coming Soon for Reopening Businesses
    "As curbside retail businesses and manufacturers in Marin County prepare for reopening, clear guidance is coming on how and when business can safely resume and the tools that will make the reopening planning process easier."

  • May 13, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 13th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about a virtual Memorial Day ceremony, the Great Plates Program approval, MarinRecovers.com and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 13, 2020: Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual
    "With the cancellation of all large gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Memorial Day ceremony is relocating from the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium to the internet. To continue the tradition of Marin County honoring its fallen comrades, event organizers will show a brief online ceremony on Facebook so Marin residents can watch safely from home."

  • May 12, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 12th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about MarinRecovers.com and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 11, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 11th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about assessing mental health and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 11, 2020: Hit ‘Pause,’ Assess Mental Health During COVID-19
    "Mental health and the importance of reaching out and supporting one another is particularly important during this challenging public health emergency. The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has noted a spike in calls to its crisis hotline and to its specialists in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division (BHRS) during the COVID-19 pandemic."

  • May 10, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 10th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity and an overview of current COVID-19 response volunteer and donation opportunities."

  • May 9, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 9th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, a reminder to submit feedback for the Marin Recovers Industry Advisors, and a video update from Dr. Jei Africa regarding Mental Health Awareness."

  • May 8, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 8th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, information about where to get tested for COVID-19, and a reminder to submit feedback for the Marin Recovers Industry Advisors effort."

  • May 8, 2020: Deadline to File Business Property Statements Extended
    "Since the new deadline falls on a Sunday, the deadline is now officially Monday, June 1, for forms to be delivered to the Marin County Assessor’s Office. Businesses had faced a 10% penalty if they were unable to file by the initial May 7 deadline."

  • May 7, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 7, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, information about a new program that pays restaurants to feed seniors, MarinRecovers.com information and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 7, 2020: New Program Provides Free Restaurant Meals to Older Adults
    "In partnership with the local community, the County of Marin plans to start participation in the State of California’s Great Plates Delivered Program, set up to support older adults who are sheltering in place, unable to access meals, and ineligible for other nutrition programs."

  • May 6, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 6, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, Companionship for Seniors in quarantine, information about MarinRecovers.com and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 5, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 5, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, a response from Public Health to the Governor's proposed reopening, MarinRecovers.com information and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 5, 2020: County Fair Competitions, Activities Go Virtual
    "The Marin County Fair is launching a series of virtual competitions and activities to engage the community as a result of the canceled fair this summer. The program will begin this week on the fair's Facebook and Instagram pages. Weekly competitions will include decorated foods, trash-to-treasure artworks, pet costume contests, funny family photos, poetry, coordinated family dance routines, and more stay-at-home activities."

  • May 4, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 4th, 2020 includes updated COVID-19 activity, information about the recovery process and a new website and a video update on the road to recovery and MarinRecovers.com."

  • May 4, 2020: Find a Path Back to Normalcy on MarinRecovers.com
    "Marin County is working with local industry advisory groups, comprised of subject matter experts from various fields, who will provide recommendations about how an industry – from retail to recreation to rental properties – could reopen in compliance with COVID-19 public health orders."

  • May 3, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 3, 2020 includes updates COVID-19 activity in Marin, a reminder about the new Parks and Stay at Home Orders and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 2, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 2, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about our updated data and surveillance webpage and a video from Dr. Jei Africa."

  • May 2, 2020: COVID-19 Data Shared on New Webpage
    " It’s not just public health professionals who are interested in following the progress of Marin County’s efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19. The public and media are interested as well. One of the best ways to track the local data is to bookmark a new webpage offered by Marin County Public Health."

  • May 1, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for May 1, 2020, includes updated COVID-19 activity, information about new COVID-19 testing in San Rafael, our senior care site response team and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • May 1, 2020: New COVID-19 Test Site for San Rafael’s Canal Area
    "Increasing COVID-19 testing capacity has been a state and local priority. Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community testing sites across the state focused on underserved communities, Marin County will launch a new testing site in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood on Monday, May 4."

  • May 1, 2020: Senior Care Sites a Prime Focus in COVID-19 Response
    "The COVID-19 pandemic has hit senior living facilities especially hard across the nation, and in Marin County. With nearly 30% of the local population over the age of 60, Marin is home to nearly 70 licensed senior care facilities. To meet the challenge of preventing and controlling outbreaks in those settings, Marin hospitals and public health have combined forces in a mobile team to provide on-site support to senior residential facilities in prevention, early detection and control of COVID-19."

  • April 30, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for April 30, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity and a video update about COVID-19 supportive services for vulnerable residents."

  • April 29, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for April 29, 2020, includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, regional Shelter-in-Place Orders being extended as some rules ease, information about the community conversation and a video update from Dr. Willis."

  • April 29, 2020: Regional Shelter-in-Place Orders Extended as Some Rules Ease
    "The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a Shelter-In-Place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place. The social distancing intervention has slowed the increase of new cases and prevented the anticipated medical surge. As restrictions are eased, it is critical to ensure that growth of cases can be sufficiently contained to protect the health and safety of our community."

  • April 28, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for April 28th, 2020 includes updated Marin County COVID-19 activity, information about how the county is helping the most vulnerable, updated information about our community conversation and a video from Dr. Willis."

  • April 28, 2020: County Goal: Getting Help to the Most Vulnerable
    "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Marin has prioritized proactive measures that prevents Marin’s most vulnerable residents from becoming even more exposed to hardship, whether it be medical, social, or financial."

  • April 28, 2020: County Helps Prevent Displacement of Renters
    "In a move to further protect renters from evictions during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution April 28 to address the urgent financial needs of Marin’s most vulnerable tenants and prevent homelessness."

  • April 27, 2020: Update on Extension and Revisions to Shelter-in-Place Orders
    "Later this week, the Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley will issue revised shelter-in-place orders that largely keep the current restrictions in place and extend them through May. The new order will include limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities."

  • April 27, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for April 27th, 2020 includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about the upcoming extension and revision to the current Shelter-in-Place Order, our next community conversation and a video update from Dr. Santora."

  • April 26, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for April 26th includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity and a video from a Disaster Service Worker managing a temporary housing site for medically vulnerable individuals."

  • April 25, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status updatedashboard 4.25
  • April 24, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for April 24th includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, a salute to our Marin Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, an invitation to another Community Conversation event, and a video update from Dr. Lisa Santora."

  • April 23, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status updatedashboard 4.23
  • April 23, 2020: Child Abuse Tends to Spike in Times of Crisis
    "April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, and HHS Child Welfare Director Bree Marchman said family members and friends need to be especially wary of tempers and tension flaring within sheltered households."

  • April 22, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are:
    • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
    • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19; The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
    • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
    • The ability for businesses, schools, and childcare facilities to support physical distancing
    • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
    The Governor said that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making the decision on modification of California’s Stay at Home Order. He also noted that things will look different as California makes modifications. For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured."

  • April 21, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The video for our April 20 Community Conversation event is now available! Thank you for your patience with the technical difficulties we experienced with last night's livestream. We are addressing those things and will have things fixed before the next one."

  • April 21, 2020: Penalty Waivers Provide Relief for Taxpayers
    "Marin County property owners needing relief from property tax penalties received welcome news April 21 regarding the tax collector’s COVID-19 penalty waiver process. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to give the Marin County Director of Finance the ability to waive property tax penalties for reasons that are specific to COVID-19."

  • April 20, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "The status update for April 20th, 2020, includes updated Marin COVID-19 activity, information about the virtual online community conversation tonight and how to watch it live and a video about emergency vehicle decontamination."

  • April 19, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update dashboard

  • April 18, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "One month has passed since the stay at home order went into effect. Residents and businesses have made major changes to minimize the spread of COVID-19, yet the virus still exists in our community and hospital surge is still a possibility. Will the shelter in place be lifted soon? How do face coverings factor into this? What is the next step? Join us for a community conversation as Marin’s top public health experts answer your questions about this important topic.... [on] Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM."

  • April 17, 2020: New Health Order Requires Face Coverings
    "In order to better protect residents from infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, Marin County Public Health has issued an order requiring that everyone wear facial coverings in certain settings. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces."

  • April 17, 2020: COVID-19 Relief Fund Boosts Rental Assistance
    " In the first week after the County of Marin and nonprofit Marin Community Foundation (MCF) created a $1 million fund to assist vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 response, demand quickly overwhelmed supply. It quickly became evident that the greatest need was in the area of immediate rental assistance."

  • April 17, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
    "In the first week after the County of Marin and nonprofit Marin Community Foundation (MCF) created a $1 million fund to assist vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 response, demand quickly overwhelmed supply."

  • April 16, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update [PDF]
    "New Health Order requiring facial coverings to be expected: The specific language will be posted tomorrow but in essence this order will require facial coverings for public settings where we are coming into contact within 6 feet of people who we don’t live with, particularly indoors. Children under the age of six will be exempt, and we don’t need to wear it when we’re alone indoors, with those we live with, or out by ourselves on a walk.... This new Order is expected to be announced tomorrow and will go into effect at noon on April 22nd, 2020."

  • April 16, 2020: County Employees Step Up to Pandemic Challenge
    "In times of emergency, people turn to their governments. Assistance during and after a crisis is one of the biggest reasons why government exists.... The County of Marin’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) includes public safety, public health, administrative and many Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) personnel supporting the County’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines."

  • April 15, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update [PDF]
    "A key component of Marin Public Health’s surveillance program is tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Marin County. Testing makes that possible. Testing is available by physician referral for individuals who are experiencing symptoms, whether mild or severe. Our local testing capacity is increasing as designated urgent care centers are now supporting testing."

  • April 15, 2020: 2020 Marin County Fair Canceled
    "The 2020 Marin County Fair: The Soaring 2020s will not take place because the County of Marin has reserved the Marin Center campus and fairgrounds to serve as a vital resource in its response to the COVID-19 emergency."

  • April 14, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update [PDF]
    "The Marin Community Foundation, in collaboration with the County of Marin, have determined all donations from this point forward for the COVID-19 pandemic response will be dedicated to rental assistance for our most economically vulnerable residents. This will help us mitigate the effects of loss of income as we continue to shelter in place."

  • April 14, 2020: A video recording is available of the April 13 online Community Conversation: Coronavirus Surge in Marin with Marin public health and public safety officials

  • April 13, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update [PDF]Dashboard 4.14
  • April 13, 2020: Extra Steps Taken on Cleanliness of Marin’s Emergency Vehicles
    "The Marin County Fire Chiefs Association[External] has developed a systematic process for disinfecting ambulances after every patient is transported to the hospital. There are now three disinfectant locations close to the three Marin hospitals, all staffed with trained contractors who clean vehicles that could have transported a patient suspected of having the COVID-19 coronavirus."

  • April 12, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update [PDF]
    "Join us for a virtual town hall meeting [on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM] with some of Marin’s top experts in public health and emergency planning. This community conversation event will review what hospital surge means and how COVID-19 is currently affecting our hospitals. In addition, the panel of experts will answer questions about how the County’s medical network is prepared for a rapid increase in future coronavirus cases."

  • April 11, 2020: Marin County COVID-19 status update
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