Saturday, September 05, 2020

CoViD-19 Stats | Pack in, Pack Out | Stay Home, Stay Safe

It was definitely a scorcher today. Thankfully it is a holiday weekend and my email was mostly quiet because we decided to spend our day in the yard and I went screenless most of the day. We recently bought a new sprinkler head, so naturally we took advantage of the yard with the sprinkler blasting us to keep cool. 
I got at least three different notices from SDG&E about their "flex alert" and it only makes me resentful. Sorry, but I'm sure even with 3 air conditioners and 3 fans running in our 900 square feet hardly compare to the mansions, malls, and office-plexes running way more usage than us. Thankfully there are no rolling blackouts, but it's completely absurd that my apartment and studio, even with all of those things running and still holding at over 85 degrees, is putting pressure on the grid. Anyway, it's after 10pm and it is still 86 degrees outside. Ick. I imagine we'll spend Sunday in much the same way...with the sprinkler spraying us in the yard and eating the cold pizza leftovers from today. Stats are after the jump. I should note that I'm still using the state and county data, but the metrics for our case rate and positivity will reassess on Tuesday at which point we'll be moving back into the PURPLE tier, which means we're back into the "WIDESPREAD" level and things will have to shut down or minimize capacity yet again.  

  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • 4,956 New Cases/727,239 Total Cases (.7% increase)
    • 153 New Deaths/13,643 Total Deaths (1.1% increase)
    • 4.8% 14-day test positivity rate
  • San Diego County Stats
    • State Data:
      • 453 New Cases (Last 14 Days)/39,901 Total Cases
      • 1 Deaths (Last 14 Days)/701 Total Deaths
      • 5.8 cases/100k population (Reassesses on 9/8)
      • 3.7% Test Positivity (Last 14 Days, Reassesses on 9/8)
    • County Data:
      • 443 New Cases/40,342 Total Cases 
      • 3 New Daily Deaths/704  Total Deaths
      • 5.8 cases/100k population (Reassesses on 9/8)
      • 6% Daily Test Positivity/4.1% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • Case Investigation is 95%
      • 4 New/20 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • COVID-19
    • LA County sent out a press release that their beaches would remain open for Labor Day weekend, but buried in their information was a very simple ask that should apply to the whole state, whether at the beaches, in the mountains or desert, and on any public trails: pack it in, pack it out.
      As sometimes hikers, we hear this all the time, but it never occurred to me to "pack it out" at beaches where public trash and recycling receptacles exist.
      Basically, they're saying that their Parks & Rec staff are inundated with work to sanitize bathrooms and lifeguards are busy and they're all focused on public safety, so the public receptacles may not be adequately emptied with enough frequency to prevent them from overflowing.
      So it makes sense. Take your trash and recycling home with you, don't overwhelm the public facilities and staff, and if you're spending the day/weekend/holiday in public, maybe take your own trash bag and bring it back home with you for regular street pickup so as not to overwhelm the system. 

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