|La Jolla Cove Sea Lion (Taken 7.3.2020)|
Today I suppose you could say I'm having a 'Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.' But before I get into it, I'll just say today the Governor had a briefing about schools, there's lots of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter and social justice issues and it just wore me down today, but now I'm home, back in pajamas, everyone is asleep and I'm watching Netflix, so things are already turning around. More after the jump.Last night when I left off, I was contemplating going to Old Navy. I didn't because through the magic of this device called a telephone, I was able to call to find out all of their masks are already out of stock. The woman said to call back next week. I guess that explains why the 'curbside pickup' wasn't an option for the past few days I'd been trying to order online. I like the Costco 3-packs we got but somehow I've already misplaced two of mine. If anyone knows where to get some good quality washable and reusable masks on the cheap, I'm all ears.
Me and Darren had a fun night in the speakeasy but he went to bed early so I took the opportunity to stop drinking and get productive cleaning the speakeasy kitchen, then making yummy stuff upstairs.
I had a good night and slept well, so it's bumming me out that I'm so pissed today. I am just mad.
First, I panicked because my Casbah newsletter looked like it didn't send. Turns out it did, but for some reason ended up in my spam. Then I watched the Governor's media briefing and it was so frustrating because you know he just wants to curse and scream, "I TOLD YOU THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN BUT YOU DIDN'T LISTEN SO NOW YOU GET TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LITTLE SHITS THIS FALL!!" but instead he has to be diplomatic and "encourage" us to wear masks and stop gathering.
Which lead to us having a family disagreement because Darren wanted to let Nova skip soccer to do a 'drive-by birthday'. My position is that she literally has two commitments this summer: soccer and piano and skipping it to wave at a friend in a Target parking lot, for me, was out of the question. Darren didn't agree, but he is a much more reasonable and level-tempered person than I am and relented, citing that it wasn't worth a fight if I felt so strongly about it.
We dropped her off at soccer and did our usual jaunt to La Jolla Cove but then I just got more pissed. And also really sad. It was sooo crowded, so many maskless people, so many people getting in the space of the sea lions. On top of that, there was a dead seagull, some dudes illegally fishing (IT'S A MARINE RESERVE!!), and this poor juvenile sea lion either injured or paralyzed at his back flippers. I just felt like crying. So we left and drove along Coast Blvd, then La Jolla Blvd, did a driveby of Windansea (also super crowded) and just gave up on any outside time and went back to watch the rest of the practice from the car, but were listening to the radio and heard some really traumatizing BLM stuff so UGH. It just never ends.
We've been really enjoying that 6-8pm time at the Zoo and Safari Park, but I just don't know if I can muster interacting with the world this weekend. I don't mean to be so pissy all of the time but I guess it's just one of those days. I'll reset tomorrow.
- California Governor Newsom Media Briefing
- Students, teachers, parents, staff prefer in-classroom instruction - but only if it can be done safely
- Safety is determined by local health data
- Governor Gavin Newsom Lays Out Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools (7.17.2020)
- Pandemic Plan For Schools
- Safe in-person school based on local health data
- Schools can only open for in-person education if County has been off monitor list for 14 consecutive days
- Schools that don't meet this requirement must begin school year with distance learning
- Mask requirements
- All staff and students 3rd grade and above must wear masks
- Students in 2nd grade and below are encouraged to wear masks or face shields
- Physical distancing + other adaptations
- Staff must maintain 6ft distance between each other and with students
- Symptom checks
- Hand washing stations
- Sanitation and disinfection
- Quarantine protocols
- Regular testings + dedicated contact tracing
- Requirement to test staff regularly
- State contact tracing workforce will prioritize schools
- Rigorous distance learning
- Access to devices and connectivity for all kids
- Daily live interaction with teachers and other students
- Challenging assignments equivalent to in-person classes
- Adapted lessons for English language learners and special education students
- The State has invested $5.3 billion in additional funding by legislature with priority on equity: PPE, devices, connectivity
- When should in-person learning close?
- Schools should consult with a public health officer first
- A classroom cohort goes home when there is a confirmed case
- A school goes home when multiple cohorts have cases or more than 5% is positive
- A district goes home if 25% of their schools are closed within a 14-day period
- State COVID-19 Data:
- 366,164 cases/7,475 deaths (1.8% increase from Wednesday)
- 9,986 new daily cases/8,838 7-day average
- 7.4% positivity rate 14-day/7.1% positivity rate 7-day/124,052 7-day average daily tests
- San Diego Updates:
- 634 new cases/7% percentage positive (number will get wonky as County prioritized symptomatic people and not just general population)
- 7 new deaths = 50 deaths this week (record high)
- Case invesitgation is at 24% (which could explain why community outbreaks are down)
- 13 new community outbreaks in last 7 days
- 0-9 years 682 cases 3.0% of total cases 157.3/100k
- 10-19 years 1,581 cases 7.0% of total cases 364.5/100k
- Cases in the US have increased by 206% since June 9, up from 20,338 new cases per day to 62,324 yesterday (7-day average) - Johns Hopkins Health Update (7.17.2020)
- Florida dad, 42, is fighting for life after his son ignored his parents' advice and went out with friends without a mask and infected his whole family with COVID-19 - Daily Mail (7.16.2020)
- Hospitals to Redirect Covid Data to HHS in Move to ‘Streamline’ - Bloomberg (7.15.2020)
- Covid-19 Data is a Public Good. The US Government Must Start Treating it Like One - MIT Technology Review (7.17.2020)
- Exclusive: White House Document Shows 18 States in Coronavirus “Red Zone” -The Center for Public Integrity (7.17.2020)
- Getting the data on Covid-19 and kids:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to tell pediatricians that children and teens younger than 18 represent just 2% of all Covid-19 infections in the U.S.
But state data puts that number at levels approaching 10% in some areas. Bloomberg collected data from states and found wide differences in how age statistics are reported but many indicated infections found in kids are rising as younger Americans do more social activity and get tested more.
In California, those under age 17 represented 2.3% of positive Covid-19 cases in April, but as the months have dragged on that number rose to 6.8% in mid-June and 8.4% so far this month. - Bloomberg Prognosis Email (7.17.2020)
- Black Lives Matter/Protests/Social Justice
- Federal Agents Descend Upon Portland
- Federal police use gas, force after hundreds converge at downtown Portland protests Friday - Oregon Live (7.17.2020)
- Federal agents 'abuse power' in Portland protester arrests - BBC News (7.18.2020)
- Philadelphia Police sprayed tear gas on a neighborhood for 2 hours, affecting people in their own homes, and have still not answered for it.
- Besieged, then betrayed - Philadelphia Inquirer (7.17.2020)
- Louisville police arrested peaceful BLM protesters but not armed anti-shutdown protesters the day before
- Nupol Kiazolu was arrested and cuffed to a chainlink fence along with other protesters
- LMPD explains decision to charge 80+ protesters on AG's lawn with felonies - WLKY (7.16.2020)
- Beshear hanged in effigy as Second Amendment supporters rally at Capitol before Memorial Day - courier journal (5.25.2020)
- While I'm ranting about things that piss me off, people excessively speeding and/or racing can all go off and die for all I care. I'm so sick of it.
- They mean 'fewer': Less San Diegans Are Driving, More Are Speeding: CHP - The number of drivers caught going more than 100 mph more than doubled after the shutdown -NBC San Diego (7.17.2020)