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Community Response Team Update 2/9/24

Mark Switzer • February 9, 2024

West Marin Community Response Team Newsletter
Public Health & Emergency Preparedness Updates
February 9, 2023

Dear Community,

As recent days have shown, this is the season of inclement weather. With some areas of West Marin without power for almost a week, trees and power lines down, flooding, and extremely high winds, we are reminded how much we need to prepare for the winter season. A few ways to prepare for winter storms, power outages and flooding are to have flashlights ready, a battery-powered AM/FM radio for the latest updates from KWMR, shelf-stable food on hand and to know where to get sandbags. Also, Ready Marin is a great resource to help you prepare for whatever Mother Nature brings our way this time of year. Don't forget to check Marin County's Emergency Portal for updates when it is stormy. For those who lost power, San Geronimo Valley Community Center and Point Reyes HHS opened charging/wifi stations and warming centers. Please contact your local community center or town hall for the latest information on where you can charge up locally or get connectivity.

If you have had power out for 48 hours or longer, you may be eligible for a Storm inconvenience Payment through PG&E. Eligibility criteria include having a residential PG&E account in good standing and experiencing an extended outage due to significant weather-related damage. Payments range from $25 to $100 based on outage duration, with FAQs addressing eligibility, service guarantees, and claims.

We continue to work on getting the life-saving Narcan medication out into the community as much as possible. Please see where you can get free access in West Marin below. We now have many places to access this, as well as 24-hour access locations across West Marin. This is a must for any first-aid kit and can save a life from an opioid overdose! Believe it or not, accidental overdoses from fentanyl are the leading cause of death under the age of 55 in Marin County.

The West Marin Community Response Team will be hosting two Mental Health First Aid classes in West Marin this Spring. One will be in English, geared towards youth, while the other is for adults and will be in Spanish. Please see below for details.

More on the topic of mental health, NAMI has a warmline, which families and individuals can call to receive tailored guidance on local resources for those experiencing mental health challenges. Our Helpline is entirely run and maintained by volunteers, many of whom have experienced being a family member or individual in need of support navigating local mental health resources. We have a Spanish extension on our Helpline, and a Spanish-speaking Helpline volunteer who will be answering and returning calls regularly throughout each week. Callers will hear the prompt in Spanish when they call in, and be able to choose the appropriate line to receive support with resources on mental health. The number is (415) 444-0480.

Rates of seasonal respiratory viruses have plateaued in Marin County but remain at high levels. Wastewater reveals that COVID-19 and RSV transmission rates have remained at about the same elevated level for the past month, and influenza rates are slowly declining. The JN.1 variant is the dominant local strain and is driving ongoing COVID-19 transmission. The protection of the vaccine remains important. Exposure risk to all seasonal respiratory viruses is expected to remain high in our community into the spring. 

Fortunately, it is not too late to get up to date on vaccinations for this season's respiratory viruses. In fact, we have some upcoming vaccine pop-ups happening in West Marin at the end of this month. Please see details below. This will be a partnership with Kaiser & Safeway Pharmacy, which will make it possible to accept all types of insurance!

There is also new published findings from the CDC showing adults who received the updated 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccine were 54% less likely to have symptomatic infection than those who didn't. Dr Willis explains why this is important for Marin County as transmission rates increase fueled by the JN.1 variant.

The California Department of Public Health further relaxed COVID-19 isolation recommendations. Marin Public Health supports this change. Under the new guidance, isolation can end when symptoms are resolved or improving, and fever is absent for 24 hours, rather than waiting a minimum of five days. Masks continue to be recommended indoors for 10 days after symptom onset or first positive test. This progress is enabled by widespread vaccines, treatments, and the reliable protection of masks. 

Take care and stay safe,
The West Marin Community Response Team

 

Yesterday, the CDC published findings showing adults who received the updated 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccine were 54% less likely to have symptomatic infection than those who didn't. Dr Willis explains why this is important for Marin County as transmission rates increase fueled by the JN.1 variant. To stay up to date with vaccines, visit GetVaccinatedMarin.org.  

Please See Vaccinations Opportunities West Marin Below

Where to get Vaccinations in West Marin
 
Thursday, February 29, 12 - 4 pm
Point Reyes Presbyterian Community Church
11445 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Vaccines Offered: Flu, RSV & COVID
see more details in English and Spanish

Monday, March 11, 12 - 3 PM
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, CA 94963
Vaccines Offered: Flu, RSV & COVID
see more details in English and Spanish

West Marin Pharmacy
11 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
415 663 1121
Vaccines Offered: RSV, Flu & Shingles
 
Graphic in Spanish here

Sandbag Locations in West Marin


Point Reyes Station: bags and sand only
County Fire Station - 4th & B St, Point Reyes Station

Stinson Beach: bags & sand only 
Fire Station 2 - 100 Calle Del Arroyo
415-868-0622

Woodacre: County Fire Station - 33 Castle Rock Ave, Woodacre
Storm Season Safety Text Message Mini-Course 

California Offices of Emergency Services - Listos California program 
 
Listos California is offering a Storm Season Safety mini-course consisting of 5 days of text-message lessons with 1-2 questions each day to help you get prepared for upcoming winter storms.

By the end of this course, you will know how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies caused by the storm season, like flooding or power outages. You will also have access to resources you need to help keep you and your loved ones safe.  
 
The links below allow you to sign up for the 5-day text-message course, or text “CAWINTER” to 20202 via SMS. 
 
English course: https://arist.link/Listos-CA-Winter-Course  
Spanish course: https://arist.link/Listos-CA-Winter-Course-Spanish 
 

Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Classes in West Marin

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish as well as classes geared towards youth and adults. Please see upcoming classes below:

Mental Health First Aid to Support Youth

In English (12-18)

You must attend both training dates to receive a certificate of completion.
When: Saturday 3/9/24 9:00 AM-1 PM AND Saturday 3/16/24 9:00 AM-1 PM Snacks provided
Where: San Geronimo Valley Community Center
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Geronimo, CA 94963
REGISTER HERE
For more information contact: Maria Jaramillo-Botero 415-209-5142

Primeros Auxilios de Salud Mental para Adultos en Español
Quando: Sábado 6 de Abril de 2024 8:30AM - 5:00PM - Tendremos almuerzo gratis
Donde: Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church
11445 CA-1 Point Reyes, CA 94956
Inscríbase Aquí
Para más información contacte a: Seamus Tomkins 415-663-8361 ext 302

For more county-wide classes, please view here

 
24 Hour Access Emergency Overdose Boxes in West Marin!
(With more on the way)
24-Hour Access Emergency Overdose Kits in West Marin

Inverness Post Office

12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937
Inverness Firehouse
50 Inverness Way, Inverness, CA 94937
West Marin Pharmacy
11 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Bolinas Community Center
14 Wharf Rd, Bolinas, CA 94924
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, CA 94963
 

How to Save a Life from Opioid Overdose:
Using Narcan Spray!

More locations to access free Narcan in West Marin in English and Spanish

 

Free Take-Home COVID Rapid Testing
West Marin Locations Here


If you are symptomatic please test and retest 2-3 days after symptoms start. This is important since the initial test can sometimes be negative, then turn positive in the coming days. If you have been exposed and are not symptomatic, mask and test 2-5 days after exposure.

West Marin Community Services and San Geronimo Valley Community Center distribute tests and masks to local organizations. If you are a business in need of tests or masks, please get in touch with Seamus Tomkins at 415-663-8361 ext. 302
 

Get four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests this fall on COVIDTests.gov

Every U.S. household may place an order to receive four free COVID-⁠19 rapid tests delivered directly to your home.

Order Free At-Home Tests

Need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests?
Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

 
Steps to take if you test positive for COVID 19

Seek treatment early! There are safe and effective treatments for COVID 19 and they work best when started early. Seek treatment even if your symptoms are mild. Learn more in English and Spanish
 
 
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