State of California Stay at Home Order
The City of Novato is working closely with the County of Marin and Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) to monitor and respond to COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus. We remain dedicated to providing the best possible service to our community, and we ask for your patience and understanding as some services will be altered or postponed in the interest of public health as we evaluate the risk to our community.
Stay Healthy Novato
The best way to reduce the risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, whether the flu or coronavirus, if to practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or crook of your elbow (not your hands). If you use a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands afterward.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are feeling sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. If you use wipes: remember to either throw (or bag and throw) the used wipes into the trash and NOT into the toilet. Wipes (even if labeled "flushable") can clog your toilets, the sewer pipe (private lateral) from your house to the public street sewer, or the public street sewers, and could result in additional health and safety issues. For more information, go to novatosan.com
- Get your flu shot to protect against flu.
What the City is doing to prepare for COVID-19
- Increasing cleaning schedule and sanitation efforts at City facilities.
- Promoting hand-washing and good hygiene at City facilities, restrooms and counters.
- Cancelling or postponing large, non-essential indoor events & meetings, including suspending programming at the Margaret Todd Senior Center per Marin HSS recommendations. More information on City events at novato.org/calendar.
- Coordinating outreach and information updates with Marin HSS.
- Developed a COVID-19 webpage for the community with information on health resources available and City updates.
- Participating in regular conference calls with the County and other regional response agencies to stay up-to-date and prepared to implement strategies to protect and inform our community.
- Sharing information with City staff on prevention strategies that emphasize hand-washing and staying home if they aren't feeling well.
Frequently Asked Questions - Provided by Marin Health and Human Services
What is novel coronavirus?
Novel coronavirus is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. It has now spread to many other countries, including the United States. More information is available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Is Marin County Public Health investigating any cases of coronavirus now? How many people have been tested?
Last updated: 03/12/2020
As of March 11, 2020, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Marin County residents. The two new cases live with Marin’s first reported case, who was a passenger on the Grand Princess – Mexican Rivera cruise ship that experienced an outbreak of COVID-19. The newly diagnosed cases had been isolated in their home and are experiencing mild symptoms but do not require hospitalization.
Marin Public Health opened a COVID-19 testing facility to enhance countywide capacity for testing. Individuals referred by their physicians can complete drive-through testing without having to get out of their vehicle.
What is Marin County Public Health doing to protect our health?
Marin County Public Health is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the CDC, and our regional partners to protect our community. We are working with local healthcare providers to identify, test and support individuals who may be infected with Coronavirus and prevent further spread. The County has activated it's Medical Health Branch of the Emergency Operations Center and is actively engaged in advanced planning with hospitals. We will be providing regular communication and guidance to the Marin community.
What is the Marin COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation of March 3, 2020?
The proclamation of a local emergency is a legal document that will mobilize county resources, accelerate emergency planning, streamline staffing, coordinate agencies across the Marin, allow for future reimbursement by the state and federal governments and raise awareness throughout Marin about how everyone can prepare in the event that COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) appears in our community. Marin joined San Francisco, Santa Clara and other counties in the state that have issued similar proclamations to bolster their preparedness.
Why did Marin County proclaim a COVID-19 emergency?
Preparedness. This is a global outbreak that is entering a new phase, and we must be prepared. Marin County Public Health has been working with elected officials, other city agencies, the public and private health care system, schools, businesses and community organizations to ensure that we as a county are well informed and prepared to respond and mitigate the harm of the new virus, if it emerges in Marin. The declaration reinforces that this is not business as usual. We must be confident that our local readiness efforts are as robust as possible to protect the health of Marin residents. This declaration gives us more tools to be even more prepared.