Saturday, September 12, 2020

CoViD-19 Stats | CDC: On-Site Eating & Drinking Risky | Must Watch: /The Social Dilemma

Nova: Retiring From Soccer in 2020 (Taken 11.16.2019)

There was so much news yesterday that I didn't even mention that the reason Darren and I were quasi-celebrating in the studio on Thursday night was because after an agonizing week of making the decision to pull Nova from soccer and a dozen drafts, we finally wrote the email to her coaches. I'm still not super happy with the decision having been involved with sports from the time I could walk, but you can't force a square peg into a round hole and in a time when kids are already challenged by the circumstances of the pandemic, her extracurriculars should bring her joy, and soccer just wasn't doing that for her. We expect she'll be taking advantage of Derby United open skate nights, we've already been playing tennis, and she's pretty consistent about getting a bike ride in every day, so we just have to keep up the motivation. Which I guess is what everyone is going through in our own way. \

I haven't read much news today; I guess /The Social Dilemma really sunk in. And I also realize that citing a CDC study the very day after they admitted to have been edited by communication aides, but it can't be overstated: the CDC advises in a new report that dining and drinking at places that offer on-site eating and drinking is one of the riskiest activities for COVID-19 transmission.  

I'm keeping it short today. Stats and stuff are after the jump. San Diego hit a second trigger today based on their own self-imposed metrics. Hospitalizations are on the rise at 11%, which we should be keeping under 10%. Meanwhile Canada had a day without a COVID-19 death nationwide. 

  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • 4,107 New Cases/750,298 Total Cases (0.6% increase)
    • 162 New Deaths/14,251 Total Deaths (1.1% increase)
    • 3.9% 14-day test positivity rate
  • San Diego County Stats
    • State Data:
      • 361 New Cases/41,971 Total Cases
      • 5 Deaths/730 Total Deaths
      • 6.9 cases/100k population (7 days before 7-day lag, Reassessed on Tuesdays, Based on Week Ending 8.29)
      • 4.3% Test Positivity (7 days before 7-day lag, Reassessed on Tuesdays, Based on Week Ending 8.29)
    • County Data:
      • 445 New Cases/42,414 Total Cases 
      • 4 New Daily Deaths/734 Total Deaths
      • 5% Daily Test Positivity/4.5% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • Case Investigation is 97%
      • 0 New/13 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
      • Today San Diego hit a second trigger on the Triggers Dashboard: increasing hospitalizations: 11%. 
  • Watchlist:
    • /The Social Dilemma - Netflix
      This is a must watch. And I dare you to try not to check your phone while watching. This is a hybrid documentary with a movie weaved through it demonstrating the ways social media influences our thoughts and behaviors. The doc portion features a couple dozen former tech developers and creators who can't put the monsters they unleashed back into the box, so to speak. I actually watched this a second time with Nova. 
    • Valeria - Netflix
      A Spanish millennial author and her girlfriends navigate sex and relationships. It's dubbed in English. Based on a book series called En los zapatos de Valeria by ElĂ­sabet Benavent. We've seen this over and over with Sex and the City, Girlfriends. You're not gonna get any deep insights on life here, but it's entertaining enough to sustain. 
  • COVID-19:
    • Community and Close Contact Exposures Associated with COVID-19 Among Symptomatic Adults ≥18 Years in 11 Outpatient Health Care Facilities — United States, July 2020 -CDC (9.11.2020)
      Findings from a case-control investigation of symptomatic outpatients from 11 U.S. health care facilities found that close contact with persons with known COVID-19 or going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were associated with COVID-19 positivity. Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results.
    • I get multiple daily Department of Public Health notices from the County of Los Angeles, which is kinda funny because I've specifically reached out to three different people at San Diego County and can't seem to get their media releases besides what's available online. I think Dr. Wooten really, really fucked up in the beginning of the pandemic, but I feel like she's overall doing a good job, even if she misspeaks and stumbles at times. But today I thought I'd share this piece from Los Angeles, since even if San Diego is still at 6.9 cases per 100k people based on the data for the week ending 8.29.2020, if you use the actual numbers from this week and last, unadjusted, we're well above 9/100k which means San Diego is "widespread" too, even if we have to meet some two-week metric to move between tiers.   
      The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 29 new deaths and 1,177 new cases of confirmed COVID-19.  Of the new cases reported today, 71% are of people under the age of 50 years old. The highest number of new cases among all age groups in L.A. County are in residents between the ages of 30 and 49 years old at 35% of all new cases.
      As younger L.A. County residents continue to drive new infections, the CDC advises in a new report that dining and drinking at places that offer on-site eating and drinking is one of the riskiest activities for COVID-19 transmission. 
      This serves a reminder to residents to minimize non-essential activities, like dining out, that puts them in close contact with people who aren’t in their household and creates risk of COVID-19 transmission.
      There continues to be widespread transmission of the virus in L.A. County, which is why it is important not to gather with people who aren’t part of your household. It is still safest to stay at home and avoid non-essential activities.

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