County of Marin Health and Human Services

Influenza Surveillance Update - Week Ending May 18, 2019

Information on Service Adjustments During the COVID-19 Emergency

HHS is the County’s largest department with more than 700 employees who work at many sites throughout Marin. Many HHS offices have reopened with limited staffing to the public. Staff will continue to provide services remotely when possible for safety reasons, and residents in need of HHS services should consider conducting conversations over the phone or email when possible. Please call ahead if you have an appointment or require in-person assistance.

  • Adult Protective Services: (415) 473-2774.
  • Skilled Nursing/Assisted Living Ombudsman: (415) 473-7446.
  • Child Protective Services: (415) 473-7153.
  • Public Assistance Call Center (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks): 1 (877) 410-8817.
  • General Relief: (415) 473-3450.
  • Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Access Line: 1 (888) 818-1115.
  • For information on resources and services specifically for older adults (persons 60+), persons with disabilities and family caregivers, call (415) 57-INFO (415) 457-4636 or email 457-INFO@marincounty.org.
  • HHS created a phone hotline, (415) 473-7191 (CRS 711), and an online contact form, for residents to contact staff with questions or concerns about the virus and about the county and community response. The call center is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays, and interpreter services are available.
  • Dial 711 for CA Relay Service (link is external)

 

Marin

Influenza-like illness activity has decreased in Marin.  Positive tests have continued to decline since April 2019.

Influenza-like illness activity 

Flu activity is within expected levels for this time of year. Discharge data from Kaiser San Rafael, Marin General Hospital, and Novato Community Hospital emergency departments showed the percentage of visits associated with influenza-like illness (ILI) was 6.55% during week 20 (May 12-18). See Figure 1 below. 

Figure 1. Proportion of Visits due to Influenza-Like Illness (ILI):  Kaiser San Rafael, MGH, and NCH Emergency Departments, 2016-17, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 Influenza Seasons

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Influenza testing

During week 20 (May 12 - May 18), 0 (0%) of the 58 specimens tested for influenza were positive.  During this influenza season through May 18, 499 specimens have tested positive for influenza. See Figure 2 below. 

Figure 2. Influenza Tests in Marin County, 2018-2019 Influenza Season

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Visit MarinFlu.org for influenza vaccination, testing, and treatment recommendations.

California

The geographic spread of influenza activity in California is normal for week 20 (May 12 - May 18).
Outpatient influenza-like illness and hospitalizations were at expected levels.
Visit the California Department of Public Health’s influenza website for more information.  

United States

Influenza activity was normal during week 20 (May 12 - May 18).
For additional national influenza data, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza surveillance website.

If you have any questions or comments please contact:
Lisa Santora, MD
Deputy Public Health Officer
(415) 473-4163

This publication is provided to you by the Office of the Public Health Officer, County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services.

Sources

California Department of Public Health. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Influenza.aspx. Accessed 5/23/19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm. Accessed 5/23/19.

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