Wednesday, November 04, 2020

CoViD-19: San Diego Enters First Week In Purple Tier | Elections Are Consistent Disappointments For Progressives | Photos: San Diego Zoo

Amur Leopard Cub (Taken 11.4.2020)

North Dakota voted in a candidate for its legislature who died from COVID-19. Somehow that is the most American thing I've heard this election. I don't know why I let myself get so worked up by elections. As a progressive, even when we win, we lose. We still don't know how the presidential is going, but nearly everyone and everything I supported or hoped would pass or fail ended up opposite. 

After watching the media briefings from Secretary Ghaly and the County, me and Darren busted back to the San Diego Zoo for more animal time and to stave off the anxiety of this whole election. It feels like the only way to keep sane and safe right now, or at least low risk. I had this super sweet moment when I was taking a picture of a bonobo but didn't see another one coming my way, and he came over and tapped on the glass to get my attention. I showed him a couple picture on my camera before he went off with his troop. We also had some special moments with the amur cubs who, according to the volunteer, had been sleeping on the ledge most of the day, but came down for the last half hour of the day and put on quite a show as they played and tumbled and climbed trees. I may just have to go back tomorrow. 

  • Secretary Dr. Ghaly Media Briefing:
    • California Lab will help schools return to in-person education 
      • Getting kids in schools is top priority
      • New Perkin-Elmer lab will allow capacity to any school that needs testing
      • At full capacity, monthly testing will be available to all teachers and staff
    • Steps to bring schools to in-person learning
      • Has granted 1,343 waivers for elementary schools (even for purple tiers)
      • Issued guidance for small cohorts for hi-risk, special ed, or more  
    • Many states/countries are facing a new wave of cases
    • Blueprint for a safer economy is working 
      • Some counties have progressed into less restrictive tiers
      • Slow and stringent
      • Guided by data
      • Sector based guidance
      • Adherence to public health guidelines
    • California is doing well because of adherence to health orders, distancing, hand hygiene, face coverings, etc.
    • California is seeing an uptick, data will be monitored into holidays 
    • Pandemic Fatigue:
      • Pandemic has altered our way of life and we've made sacrifices. This has helped slow the spread. 
      • Feeling exhausted, fatigued, impatient is normal
      • Must keep up efforts, cases can skyrocket quickly
      • Keep activities outdoors as much as possible
      • Stay vigilant today for success tomorrow
    • San Diego - Tier adjudication - County has asked that state look at specific data to make sure that the state has all the information it needs. 
      • Hospitalizations are a lagging indicator and will not be added to the tier metrics. State is confident that they're using proper metrics. 
    • If ACA is repealed, State will step up to find a replacement system

  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • 5,338 New Cases/940,010 Total Cases (0.6% increase, 4,471 7-day average)
    • 66 New Deaths/17,752 Total Deaths (0.4% increase)
    • 3.3% 7-day and 14-day test positivity rate (US 7-day 6.7%) 
    • 13.5% hospitalization increases 14-day
    • 19.5% ICU increases 14-day
  • San Diego County Media Briefing
    • High testing is the only reason why we're still in red tier 
    • San Diego is not looking good. Will likely move to purple tier next week. 
    • People need to do better: wear your masks, social distance, stop gathering
    • Increasing testing
    • You should get tested if you think you've been in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19
    • Replacing Mar Vista testing site with a new walk-in site. Will be adding 2 North County sites, too. 
    • Opening free walk-in COVID-19 testing clinic in Lemon Grove
    • 56 sites county-wide for anyone over 6 months old
    • This is what can open/close in the tiered system
    • State Data:
      • 293 New Cases/57,722 Total Cases
      • 10 Deaths/901 Total Deaths
      • 8.7 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 10/17, Assessed on 10/27. Unadjusted Case Rate Using Linear Adjustment)
      • 3.2% Test Positivity (Based on week ending 10/24, Assessed on 11/4)
      • 5.3% Health Equity Positivity (Based on week ending 10/24, Assessed on 11/4)
    • County Data:
      • COVID-19 Case Rate Lands County in First Week of Purple Tier - County News Center
      • 404 New Cases/58,106 Total Cases 
      • 3 New Daily Deaths/904 Total Deaths
      • 3% Daily Test Positivity/% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/3.0% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 7.4 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 10/24, Assessed on 11/4. County is reporting unadjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons. 
      • Case Investigation is 96%
      • 7 New/25 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
        • 2 business
        • 3 restaurant/bar
        • 1 grocery
        • 1 healthcare
  • Universities:
  • COVID-19:
  • Other News/Reading:

San Diego Zoo Photos - November 4, 2020

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