COVID-19 status update for 20/05/2022

COVID-19 status update for 20/05/2022

Marin County COVID-19 status update for May 20, 2022 includes Booster qualification extended; Video: Hospital partner honored for leadership during pandemic; Let’s talk about COVID-19 testing; In other news … Nationwide baby formula shortage; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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The Marin County COVID-19 status update is released twice a week and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the local economy running. We will stay here for you.

Booster qualification has been expanded

Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been approved for 5 to 11 year olds following reviews from the FDA, CDC and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. Children aged 5-11 years who have received a primary series of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can now receive a booster boost at least five months after the last dose. Marin County Public Health reminds families that protecting the first series of vaccines for unvaccinated children is a top priority. Parents and guardians of fully vaccinated children should contact their child’s health nurse to discuss the benefits and the optimal timing to get a booster.

From Saturday, May 21, Marin County Public Health Clinics will offer boosters to children 5-11. Watch the full program Vaccine Finder website. In addition, retail pharmacies across Marin and other providers already offer boosters for 5-11-year-olds. Visit to search for the nearest pharmacy-based vaccine provider near you.

Hospital partner honored for leadership during pandemic

Marin County Public Health has worked closely with Marine hospitals in all phases of our pandemic response. Dr. Laura Eberhard, Head of Intensive Care at Kaiser San Rafael, has been a critical partner and was recently recognized for her leadership by Kaiser Permanente. In this video, Dr. Eberhard his approach to leadership and highlights the value of collaboration between public health and health care to protect our society.


Let’s talk about COVID-19 testing

The COVID-19 transfer is increasing. Testing remains an important tool for identifying and isolating infected individuals as quickly as possible to prevent spread to others. If you experience COVID-related symptoms, get tested as soon as possible. Or, if you are one close contact of a person who is COVID positive, follow Isolation and quarantine guidance, monitor for symptoms and Get a COVID-19 test 5 days after your exposure.

Where to get a test

Our test website which has been updated to provide a list of all COVID-19 test providers in Marin. You can find details on types of tests offered, costs, insurance coverage and even test sites for people without insurance.

Interested in receiving a FREE home test?

Visit for more information and to request up to 8 free tests per. household (or call 1-800-275-8777). Do you want to buy an over-the-counter test? Visit for online retailers. If you have tested positive with a home test, there is no need to confirm the result with a PCR test. Treat a positive as a positive, no matter what type of test is used, and remember to report your result to ours self-test reporting form.

Coming next week: Testing for location changes

From May 27, the test site located at the Armory “Jury Duty” parking lot (adjacent to the Marin County Civic Center) will close, move to Larkspur Landing and expand operations to 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can see opening hours or make an appointment for any Curative test site by visiting Curatives website.

In other news … Nationwide Baby Formula Lack

During the COVID-19 response, we have periodically included a non-coronavirus-related update that was of a local, regional, or national urgency (local forest fires, heat or smoke advice, etc.).

Due to supply chain problems and a major product recall, the United States is facing a major shortage of infant formula. Babies need the right balance of nutrients – not too much or too little of anything – to grow and be healthy. It is important for a baby’s health for parents to use products that meet federal standards to ensure that the formula is safe and free of harmful bacteria.

Marin County Public Health recommends the following steps while the federal government works on strategies to increase production:

  • If you are currently breastfeeding, continue if possible. We recognize that this option may not be viable for everyone. If someone is partially breastfeeding, they may consider contacting a breastfeeding nurse (in person or via telehealth) to ensure that they maintain or increase their milk supply by breastfeeding more.

  • Talk to your child’s doctor about replacing formula brands. For most babies, it is OK to replace with a similar version if their regular formula is not currently available. Also consult your pediatrician if your baby needs a specialized breast milk substitute (therapeutic or metabolic breast milk substitute for an infant with a medical condition that requires a different calorie or nutritional content) before making any substitution. Your pediatrician may recommend a referral to the milk bank. If you have questions about which formula is acceptable, contact your child’s pediatrician or Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Family Health Department at (415) 473-6889 or

  • Avoid making your own breast milk substitute at home, diluting breast milk substitute to make it last longer, use expired breast milk substitute, use cow, goat or plant-based milk for breast milk substitute or give infant formula to infants. Doing so can reduce the amount of nutrients a baby receives and can lead to potential serious health complications. If there are no other options for feeding your baby, children over six months may be entitled to full pasteurized cow’s milk, which recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics[External]. This is not ideal and should not be done for more than a week. Talk to your pediatrician if you need to give your baby cow’s milk for a week to see if this option is appropriate for your baby.

  • Apply to Marin County’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. About half of all births in California are in low-income families who qualify for the WIC program, and eligible customers can receive a WIC card and use it to purchase a limited amount of formula at participating retail stores. WIC offices are staffed by people with close ties to their communities. Existing WIC customers should use their infant formula benefits earlier in the month if they run into shortages near the end of their benefit period.

  • Find out what resources are available in the community and share those resources widely. If you see infant formula in stock when you shop, make it known in your network. Contact Marin County’s Family Health Line at (415) 473-6889 or email to the WIC program to learn more about their family-centered services and resources.

COVID-19 data update:

Below is just a snapshot of local COVID-19 data. Find a more in-depth analysis of COVID-19 trends at Marine Data & Surveillance websiteour Frequently asked questions about dataor Marin County’s Open the data portal.

Datasets that are updated weekly (published on Fridays) include:

  • Vaccination rates for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 cases and deaths among facility staff and residents
  • Weekly / cumulative census of COVID-19 deaths among Marine residents
  • Enter COVID-19 data

Status updates are now announced on Tuesdays and Fridays. “Change from last status update” (far right bottom right) may take 2-4 days, depending on the date of the previous release (see previous status updates).

COVID-19 case data

Today’s report

Change from Latest Status Update

In total, confirmed cumulative cases

33,475 th most common


“Active cases” (confirmed within the last 10 days)



Total cumulative deaths


+ 0 *

Current COVID-19 admissions



Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Count



* Change from last Friday.

COVID-19 vaccination data

Today’s report

Change from last week

Percentage of Marine residents aged 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose


+ 0.0%

Percentage of Marin population aged 5+ who have completed vaccine series.


+ 0.1%

Marine residents aged 5+ who have received a booster / 3. dosage


+ 849

Percentage of the entire Marine population “fully immunized” (14+ days after the final dose) *

89% *

+ 0%

* Please note that this percentage is out of all Marine residents including children under 5 years of age.

Housing care and skilled nursing center COVID-19 data:

Today’s report

Change from last week

Positive patients on facilities cumulative

1,574 th most common

+ 93

Positive patients at Facilities current



Positive staff at facilities current



Facility patient deaths


+ 0

Facility patient deaths as a percentage of all COVID + deaths



Enter COVID-19 data:

Today’s report

Change from Latest Status Update

California confirmed cases


+ 90,563

California deaths


+ 265

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