10th Coronavirus Death Reported In Marin County
Author: Kristina Houck
MARIN COUNTY, CA — The number of confirmed cases and deaths caused by the new coronavirus continue to climb in Marin County.
A 10th resident has died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, county health officials announced Tuesday. Five new cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed, bringing the county's case count to 148. Of the patients, 27 have been hospitalized due to the virus.
Marin has tested 1,780 people for COVID-19. This number includes tests conducted at the county's drive-thru testing site as well as tests conducted by commercial labs or hospitals.
As the virus continues to spread in the region, Marin and five other Bay Area counties announced Tuesday that schools would be closed for the rest of the school year.
Instruction will continue at home in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, officials said. The decision was made in consultation with public health officials.
Two weeks ago, the same counties said schools would remain closed through May 1.
"This is obviously not a decision that is made lightly, and we recognize the stress and challenge it places on families," said Dr. Lisa Santora, the county's deputy public health officer. "It is, however, a decision that puts the priority on the health and safety of families and the community in Marin and the Bay Area."
In addition to providing student instruction through distance learning, school districts will continue to distribute school meals and provide child care for health care and other essential workers as determined by local needs.
"It is important to remember that our students' learning and our teachers' instruction is ongoing," said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools. "School is open though campuses may remain physically closed. We value every day of instruction, whether onsite or at home, and our schools pledge to do all we can to support our students, families, staff and community during this challenging time."
In the coming days and weeks, districts will provide families with information on how continued distance learning will be handled as well as grades, graduation, transcripts and scholarships.
"Our schools understand the impact of this order and the additional responsibilities it places on families in our community," Burke said. "It will take patience and understanding by all of us as schools transition into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19. Working together we can and will meet this challenge."
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