|A couple local Mule Deer Chillin' at San Diego Zoo Safari Park |
in honor of National Wildlife Day (Taken 6.28.2020)
We are continuing our bingeing, no lights, dark cave, air-conditioning weekend around here. Nova and I watched All Together Now on Netflix and while many of the Netflix original movies have reused tropes across the board, this movie about a musically talented and all-around good souled teenager and her mom who are experiencing homelessness pulls at all the heartstrings and I think even Nova cried a little, and I've maybe seen her cry 10 times in our whole lives together. (Unlike me, who will cry on the spot for anything, even just if I'm asked, "Are you crying?") We also watched Trolls World Tour which is finally on Hulu. I'm certain that I don't have to rate that one. It is exactly what you expect.
Anyway, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the State reassesses our case count per 100k people on Tuesday based on the 7 days preceeding a 7 day lag. But the case rates are already available, so if they assess the numbers that are currently available from 8/25-8/31, our case rate will be almost 8.0, which puts us back into the PURPLE Tier, meaning even further capacity limitations and moving certain businesses back to outdoor only.
And this is before Labor Day weekend, which will certainly cause a spike in mid-to-late September. The only possibility that this is inaccurate is if the daily counts as they're reported include inmates, (which the assessment will not) and could lower the county numbers. There's also a funny allowance if we exceed a certain amount of baseline daily tests, but that formula is foggier.
Still, it isn't looking good. So I guess live it up this weekend, go tattoo up before they close again, be careless and wreckless, then prepare for the outrage again on Tuesday when even more restrictions come back, yet again. We only have ourselves to blame. Or do the right thing, don't mix households, wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain space. At least you might save yourself and loved ones, even if as a county we're pretty much doomed yet again. Lots of reading for the weekend, after the jump.
If that was all confusing, here's the formula for figuring out which tier we're on.
8.25 - 228
8.26 - 277
8.27 - 285
8.28 - 263
8.29 - 253
8.30 - 304
8.31 - 267
Average = 268.14 cases per day
[268.14 Average/3,370,418 County Population] x 100,000 = 7.96 cases per 100k for the time period of August 25-August 31.
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- 5,106 New Cases/722,283 Total Cases (0.7% increase)
- 163 New Deaths/13,490 Total Deaths (1.2% increase)
- 4.9% 14-day test positivity rate
- San Diego County Stats
- State Data:
- 325 New Cases (Last 14 Days)/ 39,448 Total Cases
- 5 Deaths (Last 14 Days)/700 Total Deaths
- 5.8 cases/100k population (Reassessed on 9/8)
- 3.7% Test Positivity (Reassessed on 9/8)
- County Data:
- 453 New Cases/39,899 Total Cases
- 1 New Daily Deaths/701 Total Deaths
- 5.8 cases/100k population (Reassessed on 9/8)
- 6% Daily Test Positivity/4% Test Positivity (14-day average)
- Case Investigation is 95%
- 6 New/22 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
- 2 in grocery stores, 1 in a restaurant, 1 in a business, 1 in a hotel/resort/spa and 1 in a hair salon/barbershop.
- SDSU Cases Jump, Students Need to Stay Home: With the Labor Day weekend beginning, the County of San Diego is reporting 120 additional confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases among San Diego State University’s undergraduate students, bringing the total number cases at SDSU to 184 since Aug. 24. - County News Center (9.4.2020)
- COVID-19 Won’t Take Labor Day Off: Memorial Day came. People felt they needed to celebrate. As a result, COVID-19 cases rose dramatically in the following weeks. - County News Center (9.4.2020)
- 1 wedding + 275 guests + 0 masks = 56 COVID cases in 9 Minnesota counties: Health officials sound the alarm before holiday weekend that individual actions are needed to prevent worsening - Grand Rapids Herald (9.3.2020)
- Paul Garner on long haul covid-19—Don’t try to dominate this virus, accommodate it - (bmjopinion 9.4.2020)
- Pharma Companies Plan Joint Pledge on Vaccine Safety: The statement is meant to reassure the public that the companies will not seek a premature approval of vaccines under pressure from the Trump administration. - New York Times (9.4.2020)
- Related: Widespread COVID-19 Vaccinations Not Expected Until Mid-2021, WHO Says - Reuters (9.4.2020)
- The pandemic is ruining our sleep. Experts say ‘coronasomnia’ could imperil public health. - The Washington Post (9.3.2020)
- Ex-Harrah’s Executive Sues After Resigning Over Valley Center Casino Reopening - KPBS/inewsource (9.4.2020)
- Other News & Information:
- DUI Patrols: The San Diego County Sheriff's Department wants to remind you to be responsible and not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs this Labor Day weekend.
Watch for increased impaired driving patrols by deputies across the county beginning on Friday, September 4th through Labor Day on Monday, September 7th.
Driving under the influence doesn't just mean alcohol. It also means driving under the influence of prescription drugs or marijuana.
- Check out this amazing collection: DOROTHEA LANGE DIGITAL ARCHIVE at Oakland Museum of California and the accompanying New York Times article about it, Images of California’s History That Endure: A look at the Golden State’s past, and present, in Dorothea Lange’s images of California workers. (9.4.2020)
- American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) CEO Richard James Burgess's statement on the passage of AB2257: "This has been a year of challenges for musicians and other creatives, with AB5 presenting yet another hurdle for many of those working in the music industry. A2IM applauds Governor Newsom and the California legislature for the passage of AB2257. This will ensure that all artists are protected, can prosper, and can work freely within California." (See Full Press Release Below.)
Source: The Press House, 9.4.2020:
LEADING MUSIC RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS JOIN WITH GOVERNOR NEWSOM, ASSEMBLYWOMAN GONZALEZ, ASSEMBLYMAN CALDERON
AND CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT AB2257
LOS ANGELES—September 4, 2020 – California’s music community celebrated today as Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2257 (AB2257) into law. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon (D-Whittier), along with leading artists rights organizations, amended Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) with AB2257 to provide relief to the vast majority of affected music professionals, including recording artists, musicians, composers, songwriters and vocalists.
The legislation, which passed the California Senate unanimously, is supported by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Music Artists Coalition (MAC), Independent Music Professionals United (IMPU), International Allegiance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the Recording Academy®, Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Songwriters of North America (SONA) and Teamsters.
Enactment of AB2257 will once again permit most music professionals to follow the Borello test (as opposed to the Dynamex or ABC tests) to determine employment classification for both live performances and studio recordings. California’s adoption of AB5 in September 2019 had established a three-part “ABC” test to determine if workers are employees or independent contractors. The ABC test unintentionally affected musicians and others from the music community. In January 2020, Assemblywoman Gonzalez introduced legislation to address the unintended issues affecting musicians and other creators.
The new legislation also specifically provides for unions to continue to organize the work of recording artists, musicians, singers, and others, ensuring that current and future collective bargaining agreements will always govern in California.
In a statement, the music groups said, “This legislation ensures musicians and other creative workers can continue to live, create, and thrive in California. California’s leaders promised efforts to protect workers with a bill that would not undermine or destabilize the state’s vital music economy. Today, they have kept that promise. AB 2257 restores California’s leadership as a home to the creative arts and creates clear, fair rules of the road for freelance, union, and independent artists in the state.”