Friday, October 02, 2020

CoViD-19 Mask Resistance Pervasive | Fallout From Trump Contracting COVID-19 | Cohns Propose Theme-Park Conversion of Balboa Park | Limited Library Reopenings

A grazing cow near Ramona Grasslands for World Farm Animal Day (Taken 9.12.2020)

What a crazy last 24 hours, no? Darren and I were already in Speakeasy mode when we'd heard that Donald and Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Reactions have been exactly as expected, so I don't need to recount that here, but I guess I'll join the chorus in saying that it's okay to feel however you need to feel for a man who has repeatedly and intentionally endangered our lives and the lives of so many. If only we could all have the health care that he's going to get. In the time since the announcement, several other people close to him have tested positive, so maybe while they were all dancing on RBG's grave and celebrating the nomination of her replacement, she was giving us one final parting gift. 
Because of that news, I stayed offline as much as I could today. We did a Zoom with Nova's school and they've made the decision to remain 100% virtual learning through winter break (at least), which made us pretty happy. The school is going to great lengths not to just consider the state and county statistics, but the specific statistics for the zip code surrounding the school and the areas where most students live. 
We also spent most of the day in the yard, me in my swimsuit with the sprinkler blasting me and it was lovely and also helping our new grass seed and wildflowers continue to sprout.
But now here I am with my nightly post. We watched the second half of the Padres game, and we just finally watched My Octopus Teacher on Netflix and it was great. I waited a long time because someone told me it would make you not want to eat "pulpo" again, but it didn't really have that effect on me, but it certainly makes me want to go snorkeling again really soon. Anyway, today's news, stats, and hot takes are after the jump.

  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • 3,590 New Cases/817,277 Total Cases (0.4% increase)
    • 98 New Deaths/15,986 Total Deaths (0.6% increase)
    • 2.8% 14-day test positivity rate
  • San Diego County Stats
    • State Data:
      • 305 New Cases/47,487 Total Cases
      • 9 Deaths/792 Total Deaths
      • 7.2 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 9/19, Assessed on 9/29. Unadjusted Case Rate Using Linear Adjustment)
      • 3.5% Test Positivity (Based on week ending 9/19, Assessed on 9/29)
    • County Data:
      • San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 10-2-2020 - County News Center (10.2.2020)
      • 306 New Cases/47,791 Total Cases 
      • 2 New Daily Deaths/794 Total Deaths
      • 3% Daily Test Positivity/3.5% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/3.0% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 6.7 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 9/19, As assessed on 9/29. County is reporting unadjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons)
      • Case Investigation is 97%
      • 2 New/Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • Universities:
    • SDSU COVID-19:
      • 404 on-campus/693 off-campus/14 Visitors/1,097 Total Students/1,119 Total SDSU Related Cases
      • Please note: Of the 32 confirmed cases added to the total case count on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, only 14 are new cases. The remaining 18 cases were previously reported to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), but only recently identified, through continued cross-referencing between San Diego State University and HHSA, as having an SDSU-affiliation. Additionally, as already indicated, of the 109 confirmed cases added to the total case count on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, only 25 were new cases. The remaining 84 cases were previously reported to the HHSA. 
    • Check other stats: UCSD COVID-19USD COVID-19CSU San MarcosPLNU
  • COVID-19:
  • Other News/What I'm Reading:
    • Inside the rise and fall of Burger Records - KCRW (10.1.2020)
    • I don't know why this enrages me so much, but I hate the Cohns and their stupid restaurant group that bites off every local successful restaurant concept, and now they want to "temporarily" install an "observation wheel" (a giant Ferris wheel) in the Plaza de Panama. FUCK THEM. They have no business putting this is in a public park. They keep talking about "activating" the park to bring more visitors. Balboa Park is doing just fine considering we're in the middle of a pandemic. This is ridiculous and our park is NOT a theme park. You can see the presentation on YouTube here and see how much ass-kissing the Cohns get from every single person on the Balboa Park Committee. Fortunately it sounds like Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is against the proposal, but it also sounds like they'll be making this an action item at the next Balboa Park Committee meeting on November 5th. You can be sure I'll be submitting public comment. 
    • Here's the latest proposal for San Diego Short Term Vacation Rentals 
    • 12 San Diego Libraries Reopen For Limited Use

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