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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Below is information and guidance around COVID-19. If you do not find the information you need, please contact HR or visit the Marin County Public Health website.

Although the state indoor masking mandate was lifted as of February 16, 2022, masks continue to be strongly recommended by the CA Department of Public Health for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public spaces. Printable flyers recommending mask wearing indoors are available online. These can be posted at the entrances and throughout City facilities.


Reporting a Positive COVID Test:

If you test positive for COVID you should stay home and immediately notify your supervisor and Human Resources of the following:

  • Provide a copy of your positive test results (Rapid or PCR) highlighting your name and the test collection date
  • Date you last worked at a City facility
  • All City facilities worked at in the 14 days prior to testing positive
  • Name(s) of close contact(s)* at work.
*The definition of "close contact" has been updated to mean "someone sharing the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period” going back 2 days before the positive test date (or when symptoms began, whichever is earlier).

See below regarding COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL).

Isolation Guidance:

While Marin County is one of the most highly vaccinated counties in California, COVID-19 continues to pose a risk, especially to residents of the County who are not fully vaccinated.  Anyone who experiences the following should follow the appropriate steps outlined in the current Public Health Guidance:

  • If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, stay home and get tested as soon as possible.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID you do not need to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status, if you are not experiencing any symptoms. You should wear a mask around others for 10 days & test 3-5 days after the exposure.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for a minimum of 5 days. You can return to work on Day 6 if you are negative on Day 5 and any symptoms have resolved. If you are still positive you must isolate for a full 10 days from your positive test date.

Close Contact Guidance:

If you have been in close contact with someone who is COVID positive but do not have any COVID symptoms, you do not need to quarantine. However, you should get a COVID test 3-5 days after your exposure and wear a mask & monitor for symptoms for 10 days. If you have symptoms you should isolate immediately and follow the isolation guidance above.


COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave:

Employees who are unable to work, either onsite or remotely, due to a number of qualifying COVID-related reason (e.g., symptoms, testing positive, vaccination appointment) are eligible to apply for COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL). Please complete a leave request form and e-mail it, along with your positive test results if applicable, to Either PCR or rapid test results are valid for SPSL requests. For more information, please see the 2022 COVID-19 SPSL FAQ’s.


Vaccination Requirement for First Responders & Status Tracking for all City Employees:

A Marin County Public Health Order (last amended on April 14, 2022) requires that all Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS personnel who work in Higher-Risk Settings or routinely interact with the public to be Fully Vaccinated and strongly recommends they obtain boosters when they become eligible. Employees who are exempt from the vaccination requirement based on a qualifying medical or religious exemption are subject to regular COVID testing. The City has worked with the affected bargaining groups to develop a vaccination and testing policy to comply with this order.

In addition, Public Health requires that all Public Sector Employers verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of all Personnel. Employees who have not already done so should report their updated status through our COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Status Tracking Tool.


If you have questions not addressed here and you are not able to obtain guidance from your manager or supervisor, please contact Sylvia Gonzalez-Shelton, HR Operations Manager, or visit the Marin County Public Health website.

Responding to Public Inquiries

If you are a staff member fielding phone calls from the public, please familiarize yourself with the information provided below. In general, we should be referring people to the County Health Department or our COVID webpage if they have a specific question about City services.  If you receive inquiries where answers are not provided follow these guidelines:

Please call the Fire Administration line at (415) 485-3304. We will direct your call to the section that can best respond.

Marin Health and Human Services has launched its COVID-19 Information Line at 415-473-7191 (CA Relay Service Dial 711). Phone calls will be answered Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm.

The City of San Rafael has set up a website for San Rafael-specific information related to COVID-19 here:

We are also gathering resources for businesses and employees and posting them here:

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