Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for October 8, 2021 includes Certain Settings May Soon Be Exempt from Indoor Masking; Reduce Your Risk: Halloween & Día de Los Muertos Celebrations; Vaccination Opportunities in Marin; and updated local COVID-19 data.
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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.
Certain Settings May Soon Be Exempt From Indoor Masking
A revised Health Order, effective October 15, 2021, is set to expand the current list of exemptions for indoor masking in Marin County. This step comes in light of decreased infection and hospitalization rates throughout our community.
In addition to current exemptions, such as the ability to remove your mask when actively eating, or taking off your mask when you’re alone in your office, the new exemption will apply to limited settings where 100% of individuals present are fully vaccinated. The indoor settings that could qualify include gyms and fitness centers, office settings, employee commuter vehicles, religious gatherings, and college classes. For these settings, individuals are exempt from the indoor face-covering requirement if all of the following factors are met:
- The host, employers, or organizer has confirmed that everyone present is fully vaccinated (their second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or first dose of Johnson & Johnson was at least two weeks prior); and
- The group size does not exceed 100 people; and
- The setting is private and access is controlled by the organizer, host, or employer; and
- The host maintains a list of all persons who are present.
Of course, this new exemption is optional, meaning if a gym or college class did not want to verify vaccine status, they would continue to require masks indoors.
All other indoor masking requirements still apply. Various public indoor settings like bars, restaurants, and retail establishments are not included in this revision and must continue to follow current indoor masking guidelines.
Read the complete News Release
Read the revised Health Order
An expanded view of Marin County’s active Health Orders is located here.
Reduce Your Risk: Halloween & Día de Los Muertos Celebrations
During this time of year, we witness the beginning of autumn. Besides the colder weather we also experience two popular festivities: Halloween (October 31) and Día de Los Muertos (November 2). Although very vibrant and fun, it is important to not forget that the threat of COVID-19 still exists. We wish everyone in our community a spirited celebration and offer some recommendations for protecting themselves against COVID-19 during these holidays:
- Celebrate in small gatherings: Avoid events with larger crowds to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
- Get fully vaccinated: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine remains our strongest asset in keeping ourselves and those around us protected.
- Stay home if you think you are infected: It might feel disappointing to miss out on a costume party, but it will feel worse if we are responsible for spreading the virus to other partygoers.
- Wear a face mask: Even if it is more fun to wear, a costume mask is not a substitute for one that fits your face.
- Gather outdoors: Open-air events are a safer option especially when it is unknown if everyone attending is fully vaccinated.
- Take extra steps while trick-or-treating: Try to maintain social distancing, practice appropriate hand hygiene (use of hand sanitizer) while collecting/giving out candy, pass treats out from outside your home, or place them on an outdoor table.
- Practice post-holiday care: Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after participating in any Halloween or Día de Los Muertos festivities.
Review the full guidance online
Vaccination Opportunities in Marin
There are numerous free COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Marin County taking place this weekend. Those who are eligible, but haven’t received a vaccine or completed a vaccination series yet, are advised to make a reservation online in advance. All clinics are available to residents who are 12 & older. We as a community have done a remarkable job at reducing the spread of COVID-19, thanks to those who have gotten fully vaccinated. We appreciate you doing your part.
Here are the available clinics for the rest of the week:
- Northgate Clinic
Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday-Saturday, 9:00am to 3:00pm
- Nave Shopping Center
Novato – Friday, October 8
- Canal Alliance
San Rafael – Saturday, October 9
- Novato Library/Lee Gerner Park
Novato – Monday, October 11
- Marin City Health & Wellness Center
Marin City – Tuesday, October 12
Note: We announced earlier in the week that our Northgate Clinic would be offering the full vaccine series for Moderna. Presently, this site is offering Pfizer boosters and Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses only.
Visit our Vaccine Finder page to schedule an appointment page and to see more dates. Other options to receive your COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Local pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, and others offer same-day vaccine appointments.
- Marin County Public Health has developed an online form for requesting a no-cost visit from the mobile vaccination team. This form was designed to make it even easier for all residents to be fully vaccinated. Its intended use is for:
- Businesses can request pop-up vaccination clinics at the workplace to vaccinate employees.
- Homebound individuals and their loved ones can request a visit to the home for vaccination.
- Hospitals and healthcare providers can make a home vaccination request on behalf of their patients.
- Long-term care facilities can request on-site mobile vaccination units for staff and residents.
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 or contact us.
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
Change from Yesterday
Total Confirmed Cumulative Cases
“Active Cases” (Confirmed in Past 14 Days)
Total Cumulative Deaths
Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census
COVID-19 Vaccination Data
Change from Last Status Update
Marin residents age 12+ vaccinated with at least one dose
Percent of Marin population age 12+ who have received at least one dose
Percent of Marin population age 12+ who have completed vaccine series.
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 12.
** As population estimates may not be precise, as of October 4, 2021, the proportion of residents vaccinated with at least one dose will be displayed up to, but not higher than 98%.
Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 data:
Change from Yesterday
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 Yesterday
California Confirmed Cases
Other Local and State Data Dashboards:
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