For Immediate ReleaseMarch 14, 2020
Case count up to 5; New data confirms necessity of preventative actions
San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has received confirmation that two additional Marin residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. This brings Marin’s COVID-19 case count to five. The two new cases had no known exposures to other cases, and are believed to be a result of community spread.
“The first cases of community transmission of COVID-19 in Marin means we’re in a new stage of working to mitigate spread,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We’ve been anticipating this. This is why we took big steps this week, including limiting large gatherings and closing classrooms.”
Neither of the individuals are hospitalized but are quarantined at home until they are no longer infectious. Marin HHS will not release information about the patients to protect their medical privacy.
The two newly confirmed cases were tested at Marin’s field-testing site, which launched earlier this week to help enhance testing capacity countywide. Until this week, the lack of federal testing supply has made it challenging to measure local incidence of disease. Individuals referred by their physicians who may be at risk for COVID-19 infection can complete drive-through testing without having to get out of their vehicle.
The best way for the public to further stop the spread of germs in our community is to practice the following steps:
Visit the official Marin County Coronavirus webpage (MarinHHS.org/coronavirus) to review answers to frequently asked questions or subscribe to receive email updates. In addition, individuals can contact Marin HHS with nonmedical COVID-19 questions by calling a dedicated information call center at 415-473-7191 or by email.
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website