Saturday, October 17, 2020

CoViD-19 San Diego Stats | Doomscrolling | Too Young To Die

A pre-pandemic beach day (Taken 9.7.2019)

I know people die every day. People get grim medical diagnoses all the time. But today I found out my friend, Eli Reyes, an amazing drummer from Fresno who played in numerous bands died. We met when he was in Rademacher and I lived in Kensington and would have late night after parties and let bands take post-show showers or crash on my floor or feed them taquitos. Eli was a 'broseph' and we had a lot of fun times whenever he'd come through town, and 40 is way too young to die from a heart attack. While reading through Facebook and the many tributes to him, I came across another post from a high school friend who has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She's 44. My age. For 3 years she was telling doctors something was wrong and they gaslighted her, told her she was suffering from depression, or that our bodies hurt as we age, and now her cancer is everywhere in her body. Just last week another former high school classmate shared that he's been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Again, he's my age. It got me wondering if there are statistics on how many people growing up in Chula Vista get cancer compared to other areas when we had the stink of Rohr Industries releasing all their emissions at night all of those years, where you'd wake up in the morning and the morning fog layer smelled like rotten eggs. None of us live healthy, pristine lives, but I'm not ready to see my friends dying. I'm not ready to die. COVID-19 numbers are so outrageous, but 219,154 people are still somewhat in the abstract even though I try to imagine all those families and loved ones left behind. But this hurts a little more. A little too close to home. I'm gonna keep it short today and enjoy my weekend with my family. May you all be so lucky to be surrounded by people who love you during this crazy time. 


  • Reading:
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • 2,979 New Cases/864,455 Total Cases (0.3% increase)
    • 69 New Deaths/16,899 Total Deaths 0.4(% increase)
    • 2.6% 14-day test positivity rate
  • San Diego County Stats
    • State Data:
      • 313 New Cases/51,785 Total Cases
      • 3 Deaths/850 Total Deaths
      • 7.2 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 10/3, Assessed on 10/13. Unadjusted Case Rate Using Linear Adjustment)
      • 3.5% Test Positivity (Based on week ending 10/3, Assessed on 10/13)
      • 5.7% Health Equity Positivity (Based on week ending 10/3, Assessed on 10/13)
    • County Data:
      • San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 10-17-2020 - County News Center
      • 201 New Cases/51,982 Total Cases 
      • Testing numbers today reflect past batches.19,423 Tests Reported.
      • 3 New Daily Deaths/853 Total Deaths
      • 1% Daily Test Positivity/3.1% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/2.7% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 6.8 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 10/3, Assessed on 10/13. County is reporting unadjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons)
      • Case Investigation is 96%
      • 2 New/38 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
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