The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published weekdays 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.
Antigen Tests: An Important Testing Resource
Recent news coverage about rapid antigen tests has created confusion about the use and validity of rapid antigen tests. Marin County Public Health views rapid antigen tests as an important diagnostic tool for COVID-19.
Since the over the counter COVID-19 testing option became available in mid-2021, antigen tests have become a primary resource for detecting and preventing the spread of COVID-19. They can accurately detect the presence of the virus when someone is infectious and have the benefit of immediate results.
A positive rapid antigen test IS a positive test. It does not require an additional PCR test to confirm result. Anyone who tests positive using an antigen test should isolate immediately to help stop the spread of COVID in their household and community.
National testing supply shortages and limited availability of PCR tests support the widespread use of rapid antigen tests. At this phase of Marin’s pandemic response, rapid antigen tests help us expand testing resources where we need an immediate answer.
Looking to purchase an at-home antigen test from an online retailer? Use FindATest.org to search available inventory.
School Sports & Performance Spectators Clarification
Marin County Public Health and Marin County Office of Education have received several questions regarding recent changes to COVID-19 policies for school sports and performance spectators. This was clarified by Dr. Willis and Santora at a recent public health update, but here is a summary:
Due to the Omicron variant’s high infectivity rate, spectator attendance of school indoor sports games and performances will be limited to 50 people. Spectators can only be parents and/or legal guardians who are fully vaccinated and boosted (if booster eligible). Face coverings must be worn while indoors, and enhanced face coverings are strongly encouraged (e.g., KN95, N95, respirator masks, or double masks). Schools are responsible for vaccine verification and face covering adherence.
Public Health Update for School Community
Additional information regarding schools and an update regarding Marin County’s response to COVID-19 will be highlighted during Marin County Office of Education’s forthcoming online event. All members of our community are encouraged to join MCOE’s upcoming virtual Public Health Update for the School Community, which will be hosted on Zoom. Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke will serve as moderator. Guest speakers include Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis and Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Lisa Santora.
Details of the gathering are below:
Public Health Update for the School Community
Wed. January 12, 2022
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Webinar ID: 868 2638 8972
Dial In: 408-638-0968
Session will be recorded and posted on the Rethinking Schools Website. Spanish Translation available.
COVID-19 Data Update:
Below is a summary of today’s data now available on Marin Data & Surveillance webpage. View the page for a broader range of data, plus interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender, race, and city/town/geographic region. Questions about the data? See our Data FAQ.
Looking for daily data trends? Our Marin Data & Surveillance webpage uses Tableau dashboards to visualize the impact of COVID-19 in Marin County. Under each dashboard are links to datasets available on Marin County’s Open Data Portal.
|COVID-19 Case Data||Today’s Report||Change from Yesterday|
|Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases||21,773||+277|
|“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days)||3,555||-96|
|Total Cumulative Deaths||200||+0|
|Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations||13||+0|
|Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census||5||+1|
|COVID-19 Vaccination Data||Today’s Report||Change from Last Status Update|
|Marin residents age 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose||246,810||+ 571|
|Percent of Marin population age 5+ who have received at least one dose||98%**||+ 0.0%|
|Percent of Marin population age 5+ who have completed vaccine series.||93.4%||+ 0.2%|
|Percent of entire Marin population that is “fully immunized” (14+ days post final dose)*||89% *||+ 0%|
* Note that this percentage is out of all Marin residents including children younger than 5.
** As population estimates may not be precise, as of December 13, 2021, the proportion of residents age 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose will be displayed up to, but not higher than 98%.
|State COVID-19 data:||Today’s Report||Change from Last Status Update|
|California Confirmed Cases||5,943,177||+ 308,820|
|California Deaths||76,550||+ 209|
What to do if:
Helpful Links and Online Resources:
- California COVID-19 Data and Tools
- California COVID-19 Race & Ethnicity Data
- Tracking Variants across California