Monday, October 26, 2020

CoViD-19 Stats | San Diego Sees First Youth Sports Community Outbreak | I Voted (And I'm Still Sad) | Black Women Views Thrashes Kush | NY Not Effing Around

Today's Mood. (Taken at San Diego Zoo 2.10.2020)

One of the many businesses that shut down over the pandemic is a pet store in Kensington called Buddies & Babes. The groomer there was so patient with Ficus who will nip our hands if we ever tried to clip her nails--not enough to hurt us but enough to let us know she won't tolerate it. I had been trying to track her down and managed to find her business card, and after looking her up on Facebook, found out that she's opening her own spot in City Heights. Her storefront is still being built out, but she's in the same lot as 7-11 across from Til-Two Club at 4745 El Cajon Blvd. She's super awesome and Ficus finally isn't slipping all over the kitchen or snagging on the carpet. You can book her here
On our way out of the house to get her mani/pedi, our mail carrier was across the street and saw us carrying our yellow mail-in voting envelopes and waited for us excitedly, "I'll take'em! I just emptied the box!" (referring to the two mailboxes about a block away). Hopefully we'll get our voting tracker texts tomorrow and can feel about getting our votes in to counter the very, very bad but obvious news from the Senate confirmation vote. And here's the deal. Every election in my lifetime has been "the most important election ever." If you think too hard about it, you can make yourself crazy and depressed about Bush v Gore, about all the horrific things that this country has endured, about stacking the courts, about minority rule, about the destruction of our planet, about 545 kids who have yet to be reunited with their parents, with racial injustice, and how heartbroken and shocked we were in 2016 and how we've hung by our fingernails to just survive the past four years. But life will go on. Or for many, it won't, and we'll suffer those losses, too. But none of that has ever made me waver on the importance of voting. San Diego has 1.95 million registered voters out of a 3.3 million person population (obviously a number of the unregistered are under 18). With automatic mail-in ballots sent to every registered person, there is no excuse not to vote.
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • 2,981 New Cases/901,010 Total Cases (0.3% increase)
    • 12 New Deaths/17,357 Total Deaths (0.1% increase)
    • 2.8% 14-day test positivity rate
  • San Diego County Stats
    • State Data:
      • 269 New Cases/54,599 Total Cases
      • 2 Deaths/870 Total Deaths
      • 7.8 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 10/10, Assessed on 10/20. Unadjusted Case Rate Using Linear Adjustment)
      • 3.3% Test Positivity (Based on week ending 10/10, Assessed on 10/20)
      • 5.5% Health Equity Positivity (Based on week ending 10/10, Assessed on 10/20)
    • County Data:
      • San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 10-26-2020 - County News Center
      • 358 New Cases/54,941 Total Cases 
      • 0 New Daily Deaths/870 Total Deaths
      • 5% Daily Test Positivity/3.1% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/2.8% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 7.0 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 10/10, Assessed on 10/20. County is reporting unadjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons. 
      • Case Investigation is 96%
      • 1 New/27 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
        • 1 new outbreak in Youth Sports
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  • COVID-19:
    • Debunking the False Claim That COVID Death Counts Are Inflated - Scientific American (10.20.2020)
    • For a long time during the pandemic, I'd only ever seen New York Governor Cuomo's angry clips on the news, but in reality, his press conferences are very interesting and very informative. Today he spoke about how several states are actually reducing testing and it is unbelievable. If you're interested, you can watch today's briefing here. Some interesting notes:
      • Mississippi has 100% positivity (meaning they're only testing once people have obvious symptoms.) California is 41st in positivity. New York is 49th in positivity.
      • NY is partnering with The RealReal to release designer masks with profits going to COVID related charities
      • Launching #MaskUp Challenge on Instagram. Take a selfie with your mask, tag 5 friends. 
    • US health official says pandemic clearly can be controlled -  AP (10.26.2020)
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