Is that sustained progress on the horizon?

It sure looks like it. 

Marin County health officials said this week that new cases per 100,000 residents and the percentage of positive tests continue to put Marin on target to move into the less restrictive red Tier 2 within the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy by Feb. 24. By Tuesday, Feb. 23, the county expects to have two weeks worth of data that places Marin within the “red” tier, setting up the state to move Marin into red by Feb. 24.

The red tier would allow a broader reopening that includes indoor dining at 25% percent capacity, an expansion for retails shops to 50% capacity and 10% indoor density for gyms and fitness families, among others. Mill Valley restaurants have specifically planned for a small amount of indoor dining by redesigning their indoor spaces to allow for safer distances between employees, and they’ve deployed commercial air filters to manipulate air flow to avoid aerosol-based disease transmission.

That expected progress is bolstered by the county’s continued progress, despite a meager supply of vaccine via the federal and state governments, of vaccine distribution to more than more than 48,000 vaccines to date as of Feb. 11. Approximately 63,000 residents, or nearly 18%, have received their first dose of the vaccine, according to county data.

The county recently expanded the pool of people eligible for coronavirus vaccines to Marin’s approximately 33,000 residents 65 and older beginning next week. For the most part, the county has limited vaccine to healthcare workers, and is nearly done vaccinating that group, as well as the roughly 25,000 Marin residents 75 and older, in addition to people living in senior care centers.


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