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San Rafael Update: Choices, Emergency Rental Assistance, Testing, & More

Posted on December 23, 2020

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Our key message today is to please keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy. Hunker down at home as much as possible with movies, puzzles, walks, books… maybe some virtual coffee with a friend or an evening virtual storytime with a grandparent! Whatever you do, think about how the choices you make about who you see and where you go will help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, or spread it further.

The reality of virus transmission is that if someone in your family gets sick, it is most likely that the infection came from someone you know or another family member. That also means we have a lot of influence over stopping the spread.

Many people chose not to follow the highly publicized public health recommendations to not gather over the Thanksgiving holiday, resulting in a second surge and another lockdown. Let’s work together to make good choices for us, our families, and our community.

What you can do to help

  1. Stay home except for essential services.
  2. Wear a mask in public—get yourself a mask, or a few masks, that fit well and that you like, and wear one whenever you leave your home.
  3. Wash your hands regularly.
  4. Keep at least six feet of physical distance from anyone outside of your household—social bubbles and pods are no longer allowed.

Ask yourself: What are the activities that I must do? What are the activities I just want to do? How risky are they? How can I make them safer?

We are in this together.

Emergency Rental Assistance Accepting Applications

If you or someone you know needs financial assistance, the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is currently open and accepting applicants. This program is open to all Marin residents regardless of citizenship status. The primary reason for financial assistance does not need to be loss of income due to COVID-19.

How to apply

  1. Call (415) 473-2223 to get added to the County’s list.
  2. Marin County will reach out to you to ask some intake questions.
  3. Try to get as much of the following documentation together as possible:
    1. Copy of photo ID with a Marin County address (if your ID doesn’t have a Marin County address, you will need to send a copy of a photo ID with a utility bill/other bill that shows your Marin County address)
    2. Proof of income (pay stub, bank statement)
    3. Copy of the first page of your rental lease, or other proof of residency

If you can’t get some of this documentation, Marin County staff will work with you to show your financial situation in other ways.

Free COVID-19 Testing with Curative

Free mobile COVID-19 testing by oral swab has arrived in Marin! Curative will offer five rotating locations for testing, by online appointment for anybody, whether insured or not. The simple, painless test is self-collected, and results are returned within 48 hours by email or text.

  • Mondays (starting December 21): Bolinas Fire Station, 100 Mesa Road, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, 2-4 p.m.⁠
  • Tuesdays (starting December 22): United Market, 100 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.⁠
  • Wednesdays (starting January 6): Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.⁠
  • Thursdays (starting January 7): Piper Park, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.⁠
  • Fridays (starting January 8): Novato Library, 1720 Novato Boulevard, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.⁠

Who should get tested?

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by a health care provider, local health department or state health department.
  • Essential workers who have regular contact with the public should be tested up to monthly whether or not they have symptoms.

Holiday Travel Advisory Reminder

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in many parts of the country. Nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not permitted under the State Stay Home Order. Traveling outside the Bay Area will increase your chance of getting infected and spreading the virus to others after your return. Hosting and interacting with people traveling to the Bay Area is also not permitted under the State Stay Home Order.

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