For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 04, 2021
Health officials concerned about reversing pandemic progress
San Rafael, CA – Marin County Public Health is urging residents to make a goal line defensive stand against COVID-19 and not gather to watch this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Whether a fan is cheering for the Chiefs, the Buccaneers, the halftime entertainers, or just the commercials, everyone needs to root hardest for each other’s health.
“I hope we’ve learned from our past holiday surges that reopening safely is in our hands,” Willis said. “This is one year when I’m less sad none of our local teams made it that far. Let’s not let Super Bowl gatherings reverse our progress.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded more than 976,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past week, and that weekly figure tends to spike around times of holidays and traditional gatherings. Contact tracing has proved that gatherings continue to fuel the virus’ spread both locally and nationwide.
Avoiding large gatherings, especially indoors, is the best way to prevent additional surges, Willis said.
Dr. Laura Eberhard, Chief of Intensive Card at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael, said: “We are grateful to the residents of our county for changing behaviors and making the sacrifices that have led to the easing of COVID-19 in Marin County. If we continue this level of vigilance around social gatherings, we can look forward to a further decrease in serious illness and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 infection in our community.”
Small private gatherings are allowed in Marin again, but only outdoors and with the following restrictions:
“We are working as quickly as we can to vaccinate local residents, though supply shortages are making it a long process,” Willis said. “While 13% of Marin residents have received at least one dose, we still have a long way to go until we can rely on the vaccine to protect us from surges.”
Those intent on hosting a small gathering should take steps to move the party outdoors to lessen the chances of COVID-19 transmission. Hosts can temporarily move a TV outside if the weather is good or set up a projector screen so fans can sit outside. No matter the set-up, sit at least six feet away from people who don’t live in your own household, wear a face covering, wash hands often, and use sanitizer if hand washing isn’t an immediate option.
Here are some other safe ways to host a virtual Super Bowl watch party (more recommendations are on the CDC website):
Learn more about on Marin County Public Health’s COVID-19 webpages.
Laine HendricksPublic Information OfficerCounty Administrator's Office
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