Wednesday, October 28, 2020

CoVID-19: San Diego Sees 13 New Community Outbreaks| Halloween Recommendations | Polls Open This Weekend | The Collapse of Live Music? | Casbah Virtual Halloween


This election has me like this swamp monkey at San Diego Zoo (Taken 6.28.2020)

Today's county news briefing reminded me that the free Flu Shot clinics were winding down, so we jumped in the car to see if we could make it by 4pm. Only problem was that the "Flu Clinic Location" listed for Central Region Public Health Center (5202 University) is not the same as County of San Diego Public Health Center Free Flu Shot Events at Central Public Health Center (3771A Oceanview Blvd.) So then I asked the girl at the counter (who quickly ushered me out of the building to talk outside,) and she said that people are lining up as early as 7am on the days they do the clinic, which starts at 8:30 on select days. "Can I make an appointment?" I dared ask. She said their appointments are booked THROUGH DECEMBER. Ugh. Anyway, obviously we didn't get flu shots, and I don't know if/how/when we will get them because it sounds like appointments are booked everywhere and some regions of the country are already seeing shortages. You can see info on the County site here.  
Other than that, we let Nova do derby again today, picked up some El Panson tacos, and my only other big adventure was to Costco. I'm not trying to create a panic like back in March, but the election and COVID-19 case increases as well as the change of seasons, even while we're pretty much the same all year round here, are making some items hard to get again. Just make sure you've got your pantry essentials and paper goods (and your booze if you partake) and you should be fine, but things could get weird the next few weeks is all I'm saying. 

  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • 4,515 New Cases/908,713 Total Cases (0.5% increase)
    • 75 New Deaths/17,275 Total Deaths (0.4% increase)
    • 3% 14-day test positivity rate
  • San Diego County Media Briefing
    • Board of Supervisors Meeting Actions/Recap
      • Extended deferral deadline of annual health permits fees, plan-check fees, and late fees for restaurants and food facilities. Also extends permit and inspection fee waivers and deferrals, lease payment deferrals, ordinance amendments, new programs, extended services, and continue business assistance programs as previously directed by the board. New extension goes through March 31, 2021. 
      • Approved more small business economic stimulus grants. Have currently awarded $28 million total. Over 3100 businesses in the county have received grants.  
      • Supervisors Call For More Local Control On COVID-19 Restrictions - KPBS (10.28.2020)
    • COVID-19
      • County is holding steady but we're still teetering between purple and red tiers. Staying in red is not the goal. Trying to go to less restrictive tiers.
      • Fletch spoke about counties experiencing exponential growth in cases
      • San Diego has distributed more than 15k "hygiene kits" to people experiencing homelessness
      • Chula Vista Councilmember and California Coastal Commission Chair Steve Padilla spoke about his experience with COVID-19 early in March. Within a week of symptoms, he was intubated and put in a medically induced coma. He had machines performing every natural function for him. His lung collapsed. He lost 30lbs in 12 days. He is grateful for having world class health care, but wasn't given any 'experimental drugs'. We must heed warnings, this isn't over, the virus is very real, we can take small steps to have regard for each other. 
      • The state isn't "assigning" tiers. We are where we are because of where our actions land us. 
      • Stay safe for Halloween
      • Starting This Weekend, Polls Open for Four Days – Vote Early - County News Center (10.28.2020)
    • Media Questions:
      • Youth Sports: State only has guidance for practicing, not competing. Traveling for competitive sports is not recommended. It is a huge concern. People need to take responsibility for their own actions. 
      • Other areas to improve to move into less-restrictive tiers: continue diligence with distancing, masks, avoid gatherings, don't have parties, all businesses hold clients and patrons accountable 
      • K-12 cases: COVID-19 Watch has exposures and cases. County has done a site visit to school in Vista where students have tested positive. Not aware of any secondary transmissions yet withing K-12. Transmissions are mostly happening in the community and in households then taking them to school, not vice versa.
      • Community Outbreaks: County is not changing outbreak threshold. It is a downstream indicator, even past deaths, so it tells us that transmission is still very widespread throughout the community. Will Huntsberry will not let this go. "Isn't it true..." So annoying.
      • County is following state-issued gathering guidelines. Specific Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hannukah guidelines haven't been issued by the state. 
    • State Data:
      • 269 New Cases/55,226 Total Cases
      • 7 Deaths/877 Total Deaths
      • 7.4 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 10/17, Assessed on 10/27. Unadjusted Case Rate Using Linear Adjustment)
      • 3.5% Test Positivity (Based on week ending 10/17, Assessed on 10/27)
      • 5.1% Health Equity Positivity (Based on week ending 10/10, Assessed on 10/27)
    • County Data:
      • San Diego County COVID Update - County News Center
      • 330 New Cases/55.540 Total Cases 
      • 4 New Daily Deaths/881 Total Deaths
        • Top 3 Underlying Conditions: Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease
      • 3% Daily Test Positivity/3.1% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/2.7% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 6.5 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 10/17, Assessed on 10/27. County is reporting unadjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons. 
      • Case Investigation is 96%
      • 13 New/31 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
        • 13 New Outbreaks
          • business 2
          • restaurant 3
          • grocery 4
          • daycare 1
          • healthcare 2
          • government 1
        • 31 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
          • restaurant/bar 3
          • business 7
          • restaurant 5
          • grocery 5
          • hair salon/barber 1
          • gym 1
          • daycare 3
          • healthcare 4
          • youth sports 1
          • government 1
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