West Marin: Together Toward Health

Building Community Immunity

Dear Community,
The world is changing, and so are we. Read on to learn about ways you can participate in driving the change. In this issue, we invite you to engage in the Redistricting Process, the  Restrictive Covenant Project, the Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal Project, the Go Digital Marin Project, and of course, to stay informed COVID-19 and Preparedness and to access quick links to essential information.
 
West Marin, one of five supervisorial districts in Marin County, is a vast, rural, decentralized, unincorporated area with an estimated 10,800 people in residence. Due to the many challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, redistricting – the process of redrawing the boundaries between Marin County’s five districts based on fresh 2020 U.S. Census figures – will follow a shortened timeline to consider boundary adjustments. According to 2020 U.S. Census data and compliance with the Voting Rights Act and state requirements, the county will review the districts to assure relatively equal population distribution. The County will seek resident participation in the weeks and months ahead, extending that invitation to you. Please learn how to engage with the Redistricting Process that will adjust boundaries to ensure equal representation in West Marin.
 
West Marin, along with the Canal District in San Rafael, Marin City, and portions of Novato, has been identified as an area of Marin County where the structural and systemic inequities mean that the people who are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic—including Black and brown people, immigrants and essential workers—face the biggest barriers to accessing vaccines. The County of Marin is taking steps to identify and rectify historical documents and records that contribute to these inequities. The Restrictive Covenant Project will look at discriminatory and racist policies that prevented people of color from purchasing and renting homes and have been illegal in the United States since 1964. Unfortunately, many property deeds in Marin still contain this intentionally exclusive and discriminatory language. Through the collaboration of the Community Development Agency, the County’s Office of Equity, and the Assessor-Recorder’s Office, residents of Marin are offered several ways to participate in the project and affirm that illegal and racially restrictive covenants are unconstitutional and violate current laws and County values. We encourage you to participate.
 
The Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal Project is underway. CLAM, the Community Land Trust of West Marin, invites your participation in three upcoming Neighborhood Design Gatherings, the first of which will take place on Sunday, July 18, from 4:00-6:00 PM. The event will feature an orientation and tour of the property along with music, food, and the opportunity to connect with neighbors. To learn more, go to: CoastGuardHousing.com.
 
As West Marin developed a community response team in 2020-2021, we dug into Why Go Digital Marin? We learned that the ongoing lack of access and knowledge of using online sources of information creates barriers to equitable distribution of services and resources.​ Today more than ever, West Marin depends on an integrated digital platform that was severely underdeveloped before the pandemic. Communication and access to information via the internet, websites, applications, and email is how our residents stay connected to virtual and in-person locations for information, resources, and direction to adapt and mitigate impacts. West Marin is invited to engage, act and adapt to do the work of developing a more robust integrated digital platform together. Would you please join us?

Thank you for your engagement,
The West Marin: Together Toward Health Team

 

Vaccination Appointments in West Marin

Protect yourself, your co-workers, and your family. The vaccine is safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Help build community immunity in Marin County by getting vaccinated!


July 15, 1:00–5:00 PM
Pop-Up: West Marin Community Services Food Pantry

11431 State Route One, Suite 10
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Drop-in only,  Age12 or older (Pfizer), Age 18 or older (J&J & Moderna)

*Incentive Offered: $25 Gift Card

Download the English and Spanish flyers.

July 27, 9:30 AM–2:30 PM
Pop-Up: Coastal Health Alliance
3 Sixth Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Drop-In Only,  Age 12 or older, J&J, Pfizer
Download the English and Spanish flyers.

Find more vaccination appointments at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccinefinder.

All vaccine options are first-come, first-served. No appointment is necessary.

  • Vaccines are FREE and available to anyone age 12 & over, regardless of immigration or insurance status.
  • Walk-ins are welcomed at ANY Marin County Public Health Location. Bring ANY form of identification (it does not need to be a photo ID).

Need Help With Making An Appointment?

The California statewide call center is now open 7 days a week.

Please call 833-422-4255, Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday–Sunday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The state’s staff will support everyone age 12 and older with booking, changing, or canceling a vaccine appointment or arranging transportation to a vaccine site. The hotline supports callers in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, and other languages. Staff can also be reached at chat.myturn.ca.gov.

Download the English and Spanish flyers.

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Pharmacies

Most pharmacies in Marin provide COVID-19 vaccines.  Some pharmacies, such as Safeway and CVS, have begun scheduling appointments for youth age 12 & older. Find a pharmacy near you.

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Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record

 

Welcome to the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal. Just enter a few details below to get a link to a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you want to share your proof of vaccination, you can use either the electronic version you’ll get from the portal or the card you were given at the time of vaccination.

If you are a parent or guardian and have multiple vaccine records associated with a single cell phone number or email address, enter each digital vaccine record request separately.

The portal provides only a digital copy of your vaccine record. If you received your vaccinations from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs), you need to reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.

If you have questions about your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, visit our FAQ.

Get your digital vaccine record here.

 

Guidance on Reopening Schools (K-12) 

California is focused on reopening schools safely for in-person learning and is doing so in line with guidance from the CDC.

As many of California's school facilities can't fully accommodate physical distancing, California will align with the CDC’s guidance on school reopening by layering multiple other prevention strategies, including:

  • Continued masking guidance: California will continue to require that masks be worn indoors in school settings, ensuring that all kids are treated the same.
  • Robust testing program: Every California school has access to free testing through the robust state testing program for schools.

Mask enforcement will continue to be handled by local schools as the state recognizes the unique needs of each district and child.

Learn more here.

 

When to Get Tested for COVID-19

Get tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick, whether you’re vaccinated or unvaccinated. Common symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are: 

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you are unvaccinated or two weeks have not passed after your final dose, you should get tested for COVID-19 if you:

  • Have a known exposure, but have no symptoms. Marin Public Health will contact you if someone who has COVID-19 tells them they were in close contact with you.
  • Work in a high-risk setting, such as a hospital or medical clinic, long-term care facility, homeless shelter, or prison.
  • Work in an occupation where you experience frequent contact with the public daily, including jobs as first responders, teachers, personal caregivers, housekeepers, construction workers, food service/restaurant workers, gas stations, and grocery store workers.

If you do not meet these criteria but believe you need testing – or need testing for travel or medical-related procedures – please consult your insurance provider, medical provider, or neighborhood medical clinic.
 

At-Home Tests

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several COVID-19 at-home collection kits. At-home testing generally includes a brief questionnaire and submitting a sample by mail. Results are usually available within 72 hours. Most insurance carriers cover the cost of at-home testing.  

FDA-Authorized At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits

WARNING: The FDA has warned of companies selling fake or unproven COVID-19 tests. If you order an at-home test kit online, make sure the FDA authorizes it.

West Marin is no longer hosting recurring testing. It is recommended that individuals contact their medical provider, purchase an at-home test, or travel to central Marin for testing services.

Learn more here.

 

Community Readiness: Get Informed, Stay Informed 

 

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Funding is provided by Together Toward Health, a program of the Public Health Institute, through funding from a group of philanthropic organizations.

 
 
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