In response to a proposal made to the Marin County Board of Supervisors to close the Marin County Public Health Lab, the Keep Marin Marin project — a joint effort of the Marin Association of Public Employees and the Marin County Management Employees Association — has launched a public petition to save the lab.
The lab, which handles the testing of everything from agents of bioterrorism to sexually transmitted diseases, provides vital public services that keep Marin safe and healthy. The proposed closure would cause Marin’s testing work to be outsourced to other counties — which could delay test results and compromise residents’ safety.
Further, there is concern that Marin residents would not be the first priority in the event of an emergency or an outbreak.
Marin is a great place to live because its citizens recognize the importance of investments in our environment, education systems and public health. Supporters of the petition urge the community to get involved in protecting public health by signing the petition to save the lab. The petition also is available at KeepMarinMarin.org.