Thursday, August 06, 2020

COVID-19 County Clears Investigation Trigger But Remains On Monitoring List For Others | Del Mar Steps Up Mask Enforcement (San Diego Should, Too) | San Diego Music Is Alive

Cheer up, sleepy cheetah (taken 8.5.2020)

Darren and I watched this interesting documentary called "There Are No Fakes" on Amazon about counterfeit paintings of contemporary Native artist, Norval Morriseau, and a deep dive into how many people went to extremes to make money off of him. It gets pretty dark and intense but it is very enlightening. Today was a pretty chill day for us. We went to the San Diego Zoo in the late afternoon. I realized that when I get super annoyed by entire families of tourists unmasked there are enough spots to duck into that aren't as popular, like the aviaries or fern canyon where I know they won't be. Unfortunately we keep missing the new lemur twins so I'll have to suck it up and do a morning session one of these days. I watched today's County briefing and finally made it through all my first inbox of emails but I'm gonna shut down and watch a movie now because I am wiped out. All the news after the jump. 

  • California COVID-19 Updates*
    • *Statewide glitch is causing reporting problems and numbers are expected to actually be higher than recent reporting
      • 5,295 New Cases/524,722 Total Cases
      • 202 New Deaths/9,703 Total Deaths (2.1% increase)
      • 6.4% 14-Day Positivity Rate
  • San Diego County COVID-19 Media Briefing
    • Board approved several measures to increase COVID-19 actions
      • Compliance Team adding new staff for total of 35 members
      • Healthy Compliance Call Center 858.694.2900 Open 24/7
      • Coordinating compliance with cities within the county
      • Enhancing T3 Strategy including more testing. Currently 20-30 testing sites.
      • Adding a new walk-up no-appointment center at Ped West at border
      • Making county parks available for worship services and outdoor fitness
        • Fees waived
        • Still must apply through County
        • Does not waive parking fees or equipment rental
      • Increase available of childcare by adding $25million in funding
      • $19million in funding added for food security programs including Great Plates, food banks, Feeding San Diego, etc. 
      • County is working with Office of Education to create guidance for reopening waivers. County officer has to approve, then state, then back to county. 
      • State reported missing tests from private labs. Unknown how many tests are affected for San Diego, but when that information is available, County will adjust numbers retroactively as necessary
      • County is adding "promotoras" for contact tracing, education, advocacy, and constant contact for people under quarantine via phone, texts, and in-home visits when necessary. Are all bilingual, and local to the communities they serve.
      • ‘Promotoras’ Working in Latino Communities to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 
    • SAN DIEGO STATS (Based on County's Reporting, Not State)
      • 5.3% 14-day average percent of new cases
      • 73% 7-Day average of investigations initiated
      • 348 New Cases/5% positive/30,864 total cases
      • 10 new deaths reported/578 total deaths/96% had underlying conditions
      • 127 Active Outbreaks/63 Active Community Outbreaks
      • Case Rate 105.7
      • 5 new outbreaks/30 Community Outbreaks in past 7 days 
        • 1 preschool
        • 2 business
        • 1 faith-based organization
        • 1 restaurant/bar
    • Media Questions
      • State and County numbers are different. Case rate according to State for last 14 days is 177.9. County uses formula for last 14-days before the three-day lag/population 3.37million x 100k. 
      • Dr McDonald explains testing lag and efforts to streamline communication from labs to County rather than labs to State to County
      • Fines for violations of Public Health $1000
      • SDPD won't enforce large gatherings at Veterans Plaza at OB
      • Numerous cases have been linked to casinos, but not in County jurisdiction and not required to report outbreaks to County
    • The City of San Diego needs to step up their game. 
    • Your Income Predicts How Well You Can Socially Distance: America's rich used to move around more than the poor. When Covid landed, that flipped: The wealthy now work remotely, while essential workers toil. - Wired (8.5.2020)
      People have been talking about Covid-19 as a sort of equalizer: If you’re a human, you can get it. The virus is so vicious, sometimes the best health care that money can buy still isn’t enough to fend off death. Rich or poor, the virus doesn’t give a damn. But that’s conflating lethality (or how likely a person is to die from the virus) with exposure risk (or how likely a person is to be infected in the first place). “I'm not really sure where that came from, except that people always say this about catastrophes, and it's never true,” says Noymer. “Some people said, ‘Well, Tom Hanks can get it, and anyone can get it.’ But that doesn't mean that anyone will get it, or that Mr. Hanks and people in his tax bracket are equally likely to be affected by it.”
    • Radical shift in COVID-19 testing needed to reopen schools and businesses, researchers say - Science (8.3.2020)
    • When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well. As countries consider back-to-school strategies for the fall, a coronavirus outbreak at a Jerusalem high school offers a cautionary tale. - New York Time (8.4.2020)
    • Michelle Obama is just like us. "I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression,” she said. “Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting."
      Michelle Obama Said She’s Dealing With ‘Low-Grade Depression’ in Quarantine “I’ve gone through those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels.” - Glamour (8.5.2020)
    • Casbah is stepping up with more streaming shows via Twitch
      • Saturday, August 8 at 8:30pm- Braggers
      • Monday, August 10 at 8:30pm- Spacewizardinspace & Pruitt Igoe 
      • Saturday, August 15 at 8:30pm - Schizophonics
      • Monday, August 17 at 8:30pm - Frances Roberts and Circular Arcs 
    • Bar Pink is streaming via Twitch, too
      • Thursday, August 6 at 8pm: Low and Be Told
      • Satruday, August 8 at 8pm: Lord Howler 
    • Mainly Mozart is ”Keeping Live Music Alive” with limited space drive-in concerts
    • KPBS launched a virtual Summer Music Series. The first episode features Whitney Shay.

Super cool aerial tour of San Diego during quarantine in March of 2020 🎥 (Flights were FAA approved in advance - shots done exclusively for Fox 5 News)

Posted by Aaron Eudaley on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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