Important Update for Healthcare Providers
On March 16, 2020, Marin County Public Health joined with the Health Officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara and City of Berkeley to issue a legal order directing Marin County residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17. On March 19, Governor Newsom issued a statewide shelter at home order.
Healthcare Providers do not need Marin County Public Health approval for COVID-19 testing. Providers must report suspect COVID-19 cases immediately and may request testing by completing the Confidential COVID-19 Provider Testing & Reporting Form:
Marin County Public Health is now accepting testing referrals for individuals with mild respiratory illness with no known exposure to COVID-19. Field-based testing will still be prioritized for older adults (> 65 years old), healthcare workers, and first responders.
- Patients with symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, or fever).
- Able to travel in their own vehicle to a centrally located testing site in Marin.
- Providers who refer non-hospitalized patients for COVID-19 testing must review Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities. Clinicians must instruct patients that they must self-quarantine pending results of their test (for at least 7 days if they test positive for COVID-19).
At the end of the referral form, clinicians should click yes to the question “Is this patient being referred for field based testing” and Public Health staff will contact the patient within 1 - 2 business days to arrange testing. Testing is available for Marin County residents only and will be prioritized for patients at risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Health care providers must complete the COVID-19 testing and reporting form.
Stay up-to-date at https://www.marinhhs.org/coronavirus
Health care providers should refer to CDC's interim guidance for healthcare professionals. Health care providers should review and implement infection prevention and control guidance specific to COVID-19. CDC has issued Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This guidance is intended to assist with assessment of risk, monitoring, and work restriction decisions for healthcare personnel (HCP) with potential exposure to COVID-19. CDC has also published educational materials for healthcare personnel - "What healthcare personnel should know about caring for patients with confirmed or possible 2019-nCoV infection."
Our local situation is rapidly evolving. The Marin Operational Area Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated to support and plan emergency response. Marin County Public Health is now shifting from containment to mitigation as COVID-19. We are now implementing community mitigation strategies to flatten the curve. There is now sustained community spread in the United States. For daily updates, visit https://www.marinhhs.org/coronavirus. Marin Health and Human Services Community Epidemiology program is also regularly providing COVID-19 Surveillance Reports: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/surveillance.
Marin County Public Health will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates when they become available. The health and well-being of our community is our highest priority.