Coronavirus Patient from Travis Isolated at Marin Hospital

An illustration depicting the structure of coronaviruses. Red spikes adorn the outer surface of the virus, which appears as a gray sphere.

Marin assists in regional response to evacuees; No cases have been identified in Marin

San Rafael, CA – Marin County Health and Human Services today confirmed the transfer of one patient with laboratory-confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from Travis Air Force Base in Solano County to a Marin County hospital. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) agreement with the Department of Defense requires any evacuee who tests positive to be moved from the base. Marin County and other Bay Area counties are accepting these patients to reduce the burden on the Solano County health care system.

An asymptomatic patient (meaning the patient does not show any symptoms of the virus, such as fever or difficulty breathing) was transported to a Marin County hospital on Wednesday night. The patient who tested positive for COVID-19 is one of the evacuees from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.  Marin County Health and Human Services (Marin HHS) will not release further details about the patient or the hospital to protect the medical privacy of the patient and hospital staff.

The Marin County hospital and Marin County Public Health are working closely with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to coordinate testing and monitoring.

“The transfer of this patient into a Marin County hospital should not be a cause for alarm,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Health Officer. “Since January, we have been working closely with local healthcare providers, CDPH and CDC to minimize the impact to our County. Our County’s health system is ready to care for COVID-19 patients.”

The patient was not infected in Marin County, and no cases have been identified in Marin. Marin residents are still at low risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. Marin residents who have recently returned from areas with community transmission of coronavirus, such as Italy, are considered low risk and are not being asked to isolate at home. However, if they develop symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, they should contact their healthcare provider and inform them of their symptoms and their travel history. Those considering foreign travel should consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19, is a member of the same family of viruses that causes colds. Treatment is similar to that for other viral infections.

Marin County Public Health encourages everyone to practice good hygiene to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as influenza or COVID-19, which includes:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  2. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze
  4. Avoid touching your face
  5. Stay home from work or school if you are sick
  6. Get your flu shot to protect against flu
  7. If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and contact your healthcare provider if you develop upper respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Health experts agree that the measures taken have been effective in containing the virus but are predicting that there will be community spread of coronavirus in the United States.  You can prepare for the possible disruption caused by an outbreak:

  1. Ensure you have adequate supply of essential medicines
  2. Prepare a childcare plan if the childcare is not available (including school closures)
  3. Staying up to date with trusted resources (e.g., CDC)


My fiancé works in a very large local hospital and they had a staff meeting this morning.

While this coronavirus is not considered as dangerous as, say, Ebola, it is apparently more dangerous than the common flu for specific groups of people including the elderly, immunocompromised, unvaccinated children, and those with any damage to their lungs.

That said, prevention measures are exactly the same as they would be for any other highly communicable airborne pathogen:

– Wash your hands.
– Cover your face when coughing or sneezing.
– Apply hand sanitizer after touching common objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, ATM buttons, etc.
– Wipe your cell phone down DAILY with an alcohol based disinfectant.
– Wear a disposable nose/mouth mask in public if you suspect you might be ill or a carrier.
– Immune-boosting supplements are helpful.
– Wash. Your. Goddamn. Hands.

I will be posting here with some updates but don’t rely on me – keep watching your media and use your common sense

March 01, 2020:

I am reaching out to follow up on my communication from last Thursday. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to unfold, we want to ensure our families and staff have the most current information. I have re-attached, to this communication,  the February 26th letter from the Marin Department of Health and Human Services

As with all public health concerns, Tam District works closely with the Marin Public Health Officer who advises school districts on best practices in responding to matters of public health. At this point, we have not been provided any new guidelines but want to reiterate some best practices in stemming the spread of communicable illnesses.

  • Anyone who is sick, student or staff, should stay and remain home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medications
  • Everyone should wash their hands using the CDC guidelines, linked Here.
  • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
  • Use “respiratory etiquette”.
  • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page.

In the next couple of days, I will be sending another message outlining the District’s protocol for school closure, should the need arise. It will contain information about how a closure will be determined, how academics will be handled during a potential closure and use of facilities. In the meantime, I will send updates as more information becomes available about this situation.
Marin_Letter_to_Schools_02.25.19_COVID-19_(1).pdf (327.0 KB)
Marin_Letter_to_Schools_02.25.20_COVID-19_Sp.pdf (326.8 KB)

March 02, 2020

Here’s a meme that’ll keep you and your family safer:
Here’s the current COVID-19 Map worldwide (with graphs, data and zoom):
NYT perspective: COVID19 VS Flu:

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4 thoughts on “Coronavirus Patient from Travis Isolated at Marin Hospital

  1. THANKS Melanie! good piece …sent to daughter who is Kaiser ER MD in Sacramento.. They had their ?? first staff discussion re these patients yesterday??

    ALSO Got piece on Ninth Circuit MPP ruling…. thanks for that too.

    L Doza


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