March 11, 2021 Update from Supervisor Connolly

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Dear Friends,

Throughout the State and the County we are seeing the enduring qualities of our community, of hard work, perseverance, unity, and selflessness overcome the widespread hardships of COVID.
I want to express my ongoing gratitude for our front-line workers and their families in healthcare, education, and a range of essential services vital to the functioning of society.

The long-awaited COVID vaccine is making a notable impact. California has gone from 53,000 COVID cases per day to 2,600. In Marin, Our COVID cases per day have decreased from 117 in January to 22.1 in March. We have distributed over 101,987 vaccinesLarge-scale vaccine distribution sites are operational in Marin. The goal is to provide all Marin teachers and staff their first dose by March 14 and immunity by April 10.

Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgment to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are at very high risk as a direct result of one or more of the severe health conditions included in this provider bulletin

The State requires all counties to follow state vaccine prioritization guidelines and recommends all Californians register with the State MyTurn vaccine appointment tool to indicate their interest in being vaccinated. If you have already completed a Marin County Vaccine Interest Form and have not received a vaccine appointment please enroll in MyTurn. For those who need assistance to enroll for a vaccine appointment, you can call 833-641-1988 for the Marin County Vaccine Interest Form. The Marin call center is for those 65 and older, living with a disability (all ages), in need of home care or personal assistance, need language interpretation (including ASL), have limited or no internet access, or need help arranging transportation to and from an appointment. For help with the State’s MyTurn form, call (833) 422-4255.  

Marin County is currently in the Red Tier and expects to move into the Orange Tier as early as March 23. If you are interested in the upcoming changes to allowable activities take a look at the State's Activity and Business Tiers document.

COVID Progress



Vaccine Interest Form

Vaccine Interest Form

Blueprint for Safer Economy

Blueprint for Safer Economy

Vaccination Options

Vaccine Options


Vaccine Data

Vaccine Data


Marin Metrics

Marin County Progress


Vaccine Framework

Vaccine Framework



On March 3, Supervisor Arnold and I had the opportunity to speak at Marin Economic Forum’s (MEF) Forecasting the Future event. Once a year, MEF hosts this event and provides insight and data to the economic issues facing the County. No surprise, this year the conversation focused on COVID relief and impacts. Among the topics, Supervisor Arnold and I touched on an array of actions we have taken in Marin to provide support including the work in the Marin Economic Recovery Task Force, that we chair.

I noted that as a glass-half full person, the future is a place of promise and opportunity. I want to see us come out of this pandemic better and stronger. And I believe we are well on our way in Marin. We are finally moving from a COVID response to recovery. We are hoping to move to the Orange Tier soon. The work ahead focuses on developing successful strategies that support a vibrant and healthy local economy. You can watch the presentation online.

Forecasting the Future
   Photo Credit: Marin Economic Forum



I am pleased to report that the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority has awarded Measure AA grant funding to Marin County Parks for the McInnis Marsh Restoration. The funds will support the completion of the design, CEQA, and permitting for the McInnis Marsh Restoration and Gallinas Creek Geomorphic Dredging Project.

The restoration component would restore approximately 180 acres of tidal habitat in diked historic tidelands. The project includes CEQA and permitting for the beneficial reuse of dredged material as part of the marsh restoration component. The grant agreement will be presented to the BOS for approval this Spring. I am excited that we can continue to move forward on this project to address marsh restoration, habitat restoration, and sea-level rise adaptation.

McInnis Marsh Restoration
  Photo Credit: Marin County Parks



On March 16, community members have the opportunity to learn about carbon sequestration in bay wetlands and Marin’s Roadmap to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The webinar will be hosted by Stuart Siegel and Bill Carney. The presentations will be held via Zoom at 5:30 pm. Use the join Zoom meeting link or enter meeting ID: 956 9066 7349, passcode: Resilient! to participate. 

Resilient Shores



CalTrans is continuing work to replace the central San Rafael Harbor Bridge. The project requires a 55-hour weekend closure of the northbound US-101 Central San Rafael Offramp. The first closure is scheduled to start on Friday, March 19, at 10:00 pm and reopen on Monday, March 22 at 5:00 AM. Detours will be available through the Francisco Blvd or North San Pedro exits. This project will replace the structurally deficient northbound central San Rafael off-ramp bridge with a new bridge with minor realignment and widened shoulders. You can also expect to see improvements at the 2nd and Irwin street intersection. CalTrans plans to issue advisories for each phase of work, and updates and additional project information can be found on the project website

CalTrans San Rafael Exit Closure
                                                    Photo Credit: CalTrans



Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Over 50% of respondents expressed support for the County's approach to addressing homelessness. I had the opportunity to learn more about your thoughts in the comments. My team is happy to hear that over 60% of readers appreciate receiving information from the newsletter. Let us know where you stand on vaccine distribution.  Please take a moment to complete the new survey.

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