For Immediate ReleaseMarch 17, 2020
Here’s a review of virus-related changes to the normal routine at County of Marin
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San Rafael, CA – The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place order has caused many of the County of Marin’s 22 departments to make service adjustments to adhere to recommendations to prevent the virus’ spread. The public shelter-in-place order issued March 16 will be in effect through April 7.
“Everybody is changing their normal routines on the home front because of this public health emergency, and we need to do the same as we deliver services to our residents,” said Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator. “We’re making every attempt to continue the most essential services, and we hope everybody understands.”
With guidance from the County Administrator’s Office, departments are determining which services are considered essential to continue maintaining during the viral outbreak. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has the County’s largest departmental staff with more than 700 employees, and many of them are on the front lines of the public health emergency. Emergency personnel from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Marin County Fire Department are deemed essential, along with road repair crews from the Department of Public Works.
The County is discouraging walk-in visits to the Marin County Civic Center and other facilities where County employees work to adhere to social distancing recommendations by public health officials, as well as for residents’ safety. Many departments have limited staffing in offices as they have been encouraged to work remotely where possible. Although it’s not a good time for walk-ins, it’s a great time to check out the online Payment Center, where some business can be conducted. In addition, departments are ramping up customer service by phone to remain responsive in these extraordinary times.
Here is a summary of significant updates from County departments:
Also, Marin County Superior Court – which is operated out of the Civic Center’s Hall of Justice by the State of California court system and is not part of the County of Marin government – has continued hearings and trials to future dates. It is providing updates on its website, www.marincourt.org.
Daniel EilermanAssistant County AdministratorCounty Administrator's Office
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 325San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7364Email: Daniel EilermanCounty Administrator website