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  • Alert Status: 
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    Wed, Aug 5, 12:16pm
    West Marin

    Point Reyes Station release., CA: On August 12, 2020 Petaluma Health Center, Inc. (PHC) – which operates 10 health clinic sites in Sonoma County and Marin County, including the Rohnert Park Health Center and three clinic sites in Point Reyes and Bolinas in West Marin – is due to unexpectedly lose Dr. Ajeet Sidhu – a full-time family medicine physician, providing care to Coastal Health Alliance patients in West Marin – as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring him to return to Canada.

    USCIS has denied Dr. Sidhu’s petition to J-1 visa waiver, which had allowed him to serve the people of West Marin.

    Petaluma Health Center is committed to ensuring that patients in West Marin have uninterrupted access to primary care provider during a global pandemic.  Recruitment for a primary care physician to serve the West Marin community is underway, and in the meantime physicians and other providers from Petaluma Health Center will provide care to Coastal Health Alliance’s patients.  

    On July 1st, Petaluma Health Center, Inc. (PHC) merged with Coastal Health Alliance, Inc. (CHA), in an effort to maintain and expand access to care for the people of West Marin, especially given the difficulty in recruiting health care providers to rural areas, which continues to threaten more and more Americans’ access to care.

    Media Contact:
    Pedro Toledo, Chief Administrative Officer
    Petaluma Health Center, Inc.
    707-326-7551
    pedrot@phealthcenter.org

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  • Alert Status: 
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    Tue, Aug 4, 2:40pm
    COVID-19

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    CHA/ Marin County Public Health COVID-19 testing eligibility criteria changes effective 8/5/2020

    Coastal Health Alliance (CHA) has been conducting community-wide, walk-up testing on Thursday morning between 10:00-12:00 since June, 11, 2020. CHA collects up to 75 samples each Thursday and sends them to the county lab for processing and results notification. In an effort to support the county process to speed up turnaround time for testing and focus on identifying the most likely cases, CHA testing will adhere to the following State and County approved eligibility criteria going forward.

    You must live and/or work in Marin County.

    For most  of the groups listed below, Public Health recommends a maximum of one test per month.  Groups, in the order listed below, will be prioritized in their position in the testing line, subject to change based on demand.

    First Responders, including fire, police, park rangers and those who work in high-risk settings (i.e. hospital or medical clinic, long-term care facility, homeless shelter, etc.)

    Essential workers: those who experience frequent contact with the public through jobs such as food service workers, grocery store workers, agricultural or food manufacturing, housekeepers, construction workers, personal caregivers, teacher, etc.

    Those at risk due to age (over 65) and/or underlying health conditions.

    Those who experience COVID symptoms including fever, chills, cough, congestion, sore throat, difficulty breathing, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell.

    Those with known close contact with a positive case

    CHA and Marin County are taking steps to improve access to efficient, accurate testing and return test results in a manner that informs good public health.

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    Tue, Aug 4, 2:34pm
    West Marin

    Marin Center for Independent Living (Marin CIL) invites you, your staff, community members with disabilities, their families and caregivers, and the community-at-large to participate in an online EmPOWERment Town Hall webinar to learn more about new resources and supports designed to help people with disabilities live safely and independently in their homes during Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) and other emergencies.

    Thursday, August 20th · 1:30-3:00pm (English only)
    Wednesday, August 26th · 5:00-6:30pm (Spanish only)
    Tuesday, September 22nd · 5:00-6:30pm (English only)

    Sign up for the EmPOWERment Town Hall Webinar: WWW.MARINCIL.ORG/PSPS-EMPOWERMENT 

    Also, it's possible we would have a charging station at West Marin School, Patterson gym (if PG&E doesn't set one up out here). This depends on several variables, including length of the PSPS (more than 48 hrs), having enough volunteers, and others. If you would like to help on a 4-hr shift (we'd have sanitizing procedures), please let me know. Thank you.

    ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Tue, Aug 4, 11:58am
    COVID-19

    Public Health Officers for Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as an infectious disease physician from University of California health system, will provide the latest information on the recent coronavirus surges and will look ahead at what our region should expect with the pandemic in the months to come. 
    You’ll be able to email questions ahead of time and in real time during the August 5th Telephone Town Hall.  

    Who: Senator Mike McGuire; Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase; Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis; UCLA infectious disease physician Dr. Brewer 

    When: Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30pm  

    How to attend: Dial 877-226-8216, enter code 1762144 and follow the prompts. You will be connected to the live town hall via telephone and you will be able to listen to the speakers providing critical updates. The town hall will be limited to the first 1,000 participants. 

    How to ask a question and get involved with the Town Hall: Email your questions and comments in advance and in real time during the telephone town hall to:  Senator.McGuire@Senate.ca.gov   ~posted by Lynn Axelrod, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org
     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Sun, Jul 19, 8:47pm
    West Marin

    Last Free Green Waste Day (July 25) CANCELLED: "Due to the overwhelming response to the Free Green Waste Days for defensible space clearing at West Marin Compost – the facility is at capacity and cannot accept any more material. We are sorry to have to CANCEL the last day. Please pass the word."  Sent from Christie Neill, Battalion Chief, Marin County Fire Dept., Vegetation & Fuels Management Program

  • Alert Status: 
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    Fri, Jul 24, 9:17pm
    West Marin

    10 minutes, 10 questions. This is nowhere as "intrusive" as all the questions from years past. 

    How it's going as of July 20. See chart below. We're still behind (except San Geronimo Valley!). Federal, state & county funding is based on population count and the more census responses, the more accurate West Marin’s data will be to support disaster planning and recovery for the next ten years, in addition to the social services funding we usually read about. It takes a few minutes online.

    Door-knock census taking begins early August if nothing is received:  

    online:  https://my2020census.gov/       

    English call 844-330-2020 ;  Spanish call 844-468-2020

    https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/04/how-census-data-help-the-nation-r...

    Snapshot Response Rate:  July 20, 2020   v.   2010

    Overall United States:   62.30%  v.    66.50%  (2010)

    Overall California:         63.40%   v.    68.20%   (2010)

    Overall Marin County:   71.10%   v.    72.10%   (2010)

    Point Reyes Station, Tomales, Dillon Beach, Marshall, Nicasio:  37.90%   v.  44.80%  (2010)

    Olema, Inverness:         36.40%   v.   51.40%   (2010)

    Bolinas:                          31.10%  v.   44.10% (2010)

    San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, Woodacre:  53.20%   v.   51.90%   (2010) +1.30%

    Muir Beach, Fairfax:      63.20%   v.    68.20%   (2010)

    Information is 100% confidential by law. There is not a citizenship question. Information cannot be shared with ICE, law enforcement, landlords or any government agencies. West Marin Community Services at 663-8361 offers assistance to fill out the form in person

    ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Fri, Jul 24, 5:40pm
    West Marin

    Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (passed via Measure C), begins curbside chipping, through September. Register NOW. Registration via a portal & specific requirements, including wait list info, at: 

    https://www.firesafemarin.org/about/news/entry/firesafe-marin-launches-new-chipp...

    or: https://www.chipperday.com/marin

    FireWise communities and those in process of certifying are urged to sign up, although all neighborhoods should do so.  

    Living With Fire in Marin County webinar, Tuesday, July 28, 6pm. Hear from Mark Brown, Deputy Chief of the Marin County Fire Department and Katie Rice, Marin County Supervisor, about current North Bay fire trends and learn what Marin County is doing to prepare. Join on Facebook live stream or via zoom here: https://firesafemarin.zoom.us/j/87382415962  

    ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

  • Alert Status: 
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    Mon, Jul 6, 1:55pm
    West Marin

    Hello, neighbors!  I'm continuing to constantly update a list of West Marin resources, shared here:

    https://tinyurl.com/WM-SIP-Resources

    This includes restaurants, farm stands, and local businesses - with links and hours.

    Please let me know of any changes you are aware of (my email is in the document) - this is accurate as far as I know as of today!

    Wishing everyone well,

    - Natasha

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Sat, Jul 18, 5:28pm
    COVID-19

    Thanks to Susan Brayton and Cathleen Dorinson for this link to a website that tracks COVID19 and helps keep these numbers in perspective: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/surveillance

    Keep wearing your mask and washing your hands.

  • Alert Status: 
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    Wed, Jul 8, 7:37pm
    West Marin

    Sr. Capt. Ghisletta, PRS fire station, asks everyone to plan for evacuations. Check links in this posting. Determine two routes, if possible. Vehicle evacuation would be great but, also, where you would go on foot. Please remember emergency vehicles could be going onto your road when you'd want to leave by vehicle. 

    Below is a link to FIRESafe Marin’s thorough and specific Evacuation Checklist. Please review this, as well as other info on FIRESafe Marin, readymarin.org & pointreyesdisastercouncil.org. 

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58f3c39620099e1b4a267b70/t/5d239d760feeca...

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    https://www.pointreyesdisastercouncil.org/safety-information

    If possible, work out a plan for banging on doors on your way out, if time allows. Who would need help? One area has divided its roads so neighbors take a segment of houses on their way out. Again, only if time allows. Area Coordinators & Neighborhood liaisons can take a lead, or co-lead, this planning. A plan gets you thinking but should be adaptable for real-time. 

    Please remember, don’t wait for an evacuation order if you want to go—or if a vulnerable person(s) should go. 

    https://www.facebook.com/MarinCountySheriff/videos/2602824883380680/UzpfSTEwODYx...
    ~Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

     

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Thu, Jun 18, 4:32pm
    COVID-19

    https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/

    Covid-19 in Marin County

  • Alert Status: 
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    Tue, Jun 16, 10:48am
    West Marin

    On Monday, June 22, we are closing the Point Reyes Station medical clinic for two weeks to install new flooring. During this period, in-person visits will occur at our Bolinas site. When the flooring project is completed, services will return to PRS on July 6 and Bolinas will close again until further notice.

    WE WILL CONTINUE CONDUCTING A THURSDAY MORNING (10:00-12:00) TESTING CLINIC (VIRAL SWAB) FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN THE BACK-PARKING LOT AT THE POINT REYES CLINIC.

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Commons Connect Forums provide a virtual gathering place to those who live and work in the West Marin Community. (Access to this local online forum is limited to those who work and live in the geographical area outlined here.)

A single registration allows community members to post local events on the Community Calendar, to post items of immediate importance on Alerts, and to access all of the forums including:

  • West Marin Soapbox: Campaigns, Causes, and Discussions
  • Over-the-Hill-Gang: Rides and Errands
  • West Marin Share: Reuse materials; share information and services -  a money free zone
  • West Marin Marketplace: rentals; things and services for sale
  • Tending the Wild Collaborative: An Ethnobiology Project
  • Local Food System Initiative: Food and garden related shares and information
  • Think Local West Marin: Appreciation and applause for our neighbors
  • Commons Connect Tech Support: Help with our Web site features
  • Volunteering Opportunities in West Marin: Help our local non-profits

 

 

 

 

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