Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer, announced in a video published Monday that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Dr. Willis is the county’s 39th diagnosed COVID-19 case.
“I did not necessarily think that I would be such an early example of the fact that this is in our community,” Dr. Willis says during the video, before urging county residents to obey the county’s shelter-in-place order in hopes of reducing the spread of the virus.
“Stay in place, shelter at home, and limit anything outside the home to only essential trips,” Dr. Willis says. “Because we’re seeing signs of our responders being exposed and pulled away from duty, we need to double down on our efforts to limit countywide exposures. You can help us lessen the burden on our healthcare system by simply slowing the rate of spread. That we do have some control over.”
Dr. Willis’ source of exposure is unknown. He has been actively meeting with health care workers around the Bay Area as part of his work to coordinate Marin County’s response to COVID-19.
Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Lisa Santora will lead Marin County’s response to COVID-19 while Willis is recovering from the virus.
Willis’s full video address is available below.