For Immediate ReleaseJune 01, 2021
Improved statistics prompt new guidelines on more open economy
San Rafael, CA – With its improving COVID-19 figures, Marin County is graduating from orange Tier 3 status to yellow Tier 4, which means more reopening of the economy and another step toward pre-pandemic normalcy.
The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was notified June 1 that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is moving the county from “moderate risk” to a more open “minimal risk” based on steadily reduced case rates. The CDPH’s announcement is online. Marin had been in the orange tier since March 24.
The primary driver of Marin’s success is the high rate of the COVID-19 vaccine among local residents. Marin’s vaccination rates are the highest in the state, and the county has seen a steady decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as vaccination rates have increased. Marin County is averaging three to four total new COVID-19 cases per day, or 1.3 cases per 100,000 residents. That number needed to be below 2.0 cases per 100,000 for two consecutive weeks to move into the yellow tier.
“Our community has earned the freedom to open more safely,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer. “We have our local residents to thank for following the science and best evidence at every stage of this pandemic, including choosing to be vaccinated. Our data shows clearly that vaccines work. Almost all current cases and outbreaks are among unvaccinated people.”
The primary changes allowed under the state order as Marin moves into Tier 4:
A full list of changes to business sector guidelines are available at Marin Recovers website and the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.
Follow the latest COVID-19 surveillance figures in Marin County on the Marin HHS COVID-19 website. Register online to receive a daily COVID-19 update from Marin HHS.
People seeking a COVID-19 vaccine can use the Vaccine Finder online at GetVaccinatedMarin.org to identify a drop-in site or to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. Alternatively, people can call the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 to get help making a vaccination appointment. Language assistance is available.
Laine HendricksPublic Information OfficerCounty Administrator's Office
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite #325San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7496Email: Laine HendricksCounty Administrator website