Fairfax Update
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January 22,2021
Marin Vaccine Distribution Focuses on 75 and Older

Marin County Public Health and healthcare providers have committed to focusing vaccination efforts across the county for residents age 75 and older, in a joint strategy designed to save lives. 
Over the past month, local interest in the COVID-19 vaccine has grown large, which bodes well for turning the pandemic tide in Marin County. Now, health officials are taking a coordinated step forward in how best to allocate a still-limited supply of the shots to those most vulnerable to hospitalization or death from COVID-19.

Marin County’s approximately 25,000 residents who are age 75 or above will be prioritized for available vaccine supplies. In parallel with this effort, vaccination of any remaining Phase 1A-eligible healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities will continue.   
“With limited supply and no sign of any significant increase in the near future, this prioritization is the right move for Marin,”
said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin’s Public Health Officer. “Three out of four COVID-19 deaths in Marin are among our residents 75 years or older. A vaccine offered a resident above age 75 is more than 300 times more likely to save a life than a vaccine offered to someone under age 50.”

To read more about Marin's priority groups and to take an online interest form, click here.
Note that the Marin County vaccine information page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Make sure you sign up for daily Status Updates which will provide the most current information on vaccines and other COVID-19 news and events.
Free Covid Testing Options Expanded for Ross Valley

Testing for COVID-19 is one of the most common questions asked of Marin Public Health. The County of Marin has partnered with Curative to offer coronavirus testing by online appointment for anybody, whether insured or not. A testing site is open each Tuesday at the United Market parking lot (100 Red Hill Avenue) in San Anselmo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Online appointments for that testing location and others can be made via Curative.com.

Check the Curative website for other Marin testing locations if Tuesdays are not convenient.
Fairfax Rental Assistance Program

The Town Council has established a Residential Rental Assistance Program to assist extremely low-income Fairfax renters whose household incomes were adversely affected by COVID-19.

The program is administered by St.Vincent de Paul and Ritter Center. They will inform applicants of the program requirements. Funds are limited and provided on a first-come, first serve basis. 

If you are in need of assistance, please them call 415-454-3303 X11 to leave a message. Calls will be returned in the order they are received.
Application Open For Rental Assistance

The County of Marin has created a new phone number and email address to guide residents with requests for financial rental assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone needing help paying rent may call (415) 473-2223 or email staff to learn more about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which is open for applications now.

For more information click here.
Drake Blvd. Renaming Discussion
Monday, January 25 at 6pm

Supervisors Katie Rice and Denis Rodoni will be hosting a community Zoom on Monday, January 25 at 6pm for residents/businesses along the unincorporated communities along the SFD corridor regarding road renaming. The Zoom meeting will include a summary of outreach to date, presentation of the research gathered (e.g. cost, impact to businesses/residents), historical information on naming of road, and a Q/A panel.

A Countywide Community Forum to Address Recent Local Incidents Involving Acts of Hate
February 4th - 5pm

Co-sponsored by Marin County District Attorney Lori Frugoli and Patrice O’Neil, founder of ‘Not In Our Town’ with input from The Fairfax Racial Equity Social Justice Committee and Council Member Renee Goddard.

Participants will include Seth Brysk from the Anti Defamation League, Noah Griffin and Rabbi Susan Leider from Congregation Kol Shofar. 

A flyer with a link for viewing and public participation will follow in a news blast and in next week’s Town Newsletter.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Volunteer Board Meeting
January 25th - 6:30pm

Tree Committee Meeting
January 25th - 7pm

Open Space Committee Meeting
January 26th - 7pm

Racial Equity & Social Justice Committee Special Meeting
January 28th - 5:30pm

Police Practices and Public Safety Alternatives Subcommittee of RESJ Special Meeting
January 28th - 7pm

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.
Fairfax Food Pantry

Saturday mornings from 8-10am
Fairfax Community Church 
2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax.

The Fairfax Food Pantry continues to be open. Drive through or walk up service is available. In addition to our regular bagged groceries, folks will be receiving 15lb produce boxes as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). 
Neighborhood Response Groups of Fairfax

The Neighborhood Response Group (NRG) program in Fairfax is a grassroots, volunteer-driven initiative designed to assist residents to prepare for, respond to, and recover in the event of an emergency such as a pandemic, major earthquake, flood, or PG&E Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS). NRG-Neighborhood Response Groups, led by block captains, create important community ties, with neighbors helping neighbors to ensure no one is overlooked in the event of a disaster.

If you would like to learn more about how neighbors can work together on emergency preparedness and/or if you are interested in becoming a block captain for your neighborhood, visit the NRG page on the website.

Free Online Climate Action and Resilience Workshops 

Start the new year with a new carbon footprint! The Resilient Neighborhoods' climate action workshops are now online! Receive support to personalize your own climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies, wildfires, and power outages. You will achieve measurable results in five meetings while connecting and working with a fun group of people. Click here for details and to sign up.
Zero Waste Marin

Re-Solve to Re-Home, in 2021!
You sort and recycle, compost your food scraps and avoid plastic bags. That’s great! Moving to zero waste also means making sure that the stuff you no longer want gets used by someone else, and that we all buy less in the first place. Whether you swap, donate or share, the result is the same – giving reusable items a second life. Learn how to get started at www.zerowastemarin.org/rehome.
Fairfax Recreation
In compliance with the County Health Order, we are only offering online classes, such as, Senior Yoga and our Age Friendly programsOutdoor Yoga with Veronica will continue outside on Contratti Field when weather allows with masks and distance protocols. All these programs are free of charge.  

We are hopeful that we will be able to resume more activities in person as we move further in 2021. Please look out for our spring and summer plans in future newsletters. 
Valentine's Day Pop Up
Call to artists and craftspersons of Fairfax: We are doing a small Pop Up downtown on Valentine's Day Weekend to help give our local arts community a venue. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Fairfax Artist in Residence, Susan Pascal Beran at pascalberandesign@yahoo.com by or before February 1st, 2021
Fairfax Open Space Committee Has Openings

Do you care about the open space and green areas in and around Fairfax? Are you concerned about losing those open space areas to development? If so, please consider becoming a member of the Fairfax Open Space Committee (FOSC), which advises the Town on matters affecting open space lands and participates as an advisory body to review planning and development matters. FOSC currently has two member openings. 

If interested, please contact Jack Judkins, Vice Chair, FOSC, at junkthird@gmail.com
Town of Fairfax sitio web se puede traducir al español

El sitio web se puede traducir al español usando el ícono del globo que se encuentra en la barra verde de cada página.

Our website can now be translated into Spanish (and other languages) using the globe icon found on the green bar at the top of each page.