Sunday, November 29, 2020

CoViD-19 Sunday Shocker: Awaken Church Has An Outbreak | Football Facemask Fails | Loneliest Elephant Begins Journey To Freedom

A Family Photo at Wild Holidays at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 11.29.2020)

Sometimes I get to sleep at normal times which lets me wake up before everyone else, which I guess gives me the same space as when I stay up all night. It makes me feel ambitious, especially after being a complete slug on Saturday. I cleaned the kitchen a bit and made a big breakfast for everyone, then while watching football I decided to take apart our bedroom fan to get all the dust accumulation out. A dumb project but it was driving me crazy how gross it was. In the afternoon, Nova and I baked some simple Christmas ornaments from a recipe I saw on one of my dumb Christmas home makeover shows. (2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water. Mix to make a "dough" then roll out and press with cookie cutters. Bake for 2 hours at 250 or until completely dry. Paint/Glitter as desired.) We made an early dinner then went to Wild Holidays at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. 
I have to be honest here, because you know how much I love the Safari Park, but I was a little disappointed. The lights as you enter the park and into the village are beautiful, but I guess I knew that the majority of animals would be off limits. You can take the bridge up to Tiger Trail which has super cool tunnel lights that are synchronized with music, but once at the Tigers, you can't continue up to the condors or the back way to Australia, you have to backtrack and it seemed to create a clusterfuck traffic jam with no distinct ingress or egress, and everyone seemed maskless while drinking beers or coffees or hot chocolate or hot buttered rum, so it became uncomfortable to walk near or behind or just try to get around other people. From the village, you can walk around the lagoon and the lighting is magical and you can walk past the aviaries to the elevator platform, but the elevators and stairs get closed up at 5, as does the path down to the elephants. All this is fine, it's pretty and families, especially those with small children, seemed to really love it, but I would love some nighttime rhino action like we got last summer when they had select late hours. For December, I guess we'll stick to our midweek trips. 
Today's news was kind of all over the place. The County finally named Awaken Church as a place of outbreak out of caution because they're unable to contact trace everyone who was there in a two week timeframe around Thanksgiving. They point out that the cases didn't necessarily originate from the church, but we know an outbreak means at least 3 people from different households all tested positive and had admitted to being there within the same time span. Then there was the story about Kaavan the elephant and I watched a bunch of different Youtube videos and it makes me more emotional every time I think about it. I'm gonna head off from here because tomorrow you can expect a full media storm after everyone decided that even a pandemic doesn't trump Thanksgiving vacation. 

  • World COVID-19 Stats (JHU 6:27pm 11/29/2020):
    • 62,670,153 Known Cases
    • 1,458,360 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats (COVID Tracking Project):
    • 134,184 New Cases/13,188,777 Known Cases
    • 257,920 Known Deaths
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • 15,614 New Cases/1,198,934 Total Cases (1.3% increase)
    • 32 New Deaths/19,121 Total Deaths (0.2% increase)
    • 6.1% 14-day test positivity rate
  • San Diego County Stats
    • State Data:
      • 1,859 New Cases/80,020 Total Cases
      • 0 Deaths/996 Total Deaths
      • 26.5 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 11/24, Assessed on 11/28.. Unadjusted Case Rate)
      • 4.7% Test Positivity (Based on week ending 11/24, Assessed on 11/28.)
      • N/A Health Equity Positivity (Based on week ending 11/24)
    • County Data:
      • San Diego County COVID Update - County News Center
      • 1,066 New Cases/81,084 Total Cases 
      • 0 New Daily Deaths/997 Total Deaths
      • 8% Daily Test Positivity/6.6% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/6.1% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 15.6 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 11/24, Assessed on 11/28. Unadjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
      • Case Investigation is 68% (This is below the 70% goal, and the 90+% average)
      • Increasing Hospitalizations 17.3% (over 10% trigger)
      • 9 New/85 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • Universities:
  • COVID-19:
    • This is notable because it is the first time that the county has called out the specific location of an outbreak, however there are some factually incorrect parts of the article. For example, they say that there are "86 active community outbreaks." That number, from Saturday, only means there are 86 community outbreaks in the past 7 days. The County hasn't reported on active community outbreaks since the November 9 media briefing at which time they reported 130 active outbreaks while on that same day they reported 39 community outbreaks in the prior 7 days. What this means is that our active outbreaks can be 2 or 3 or 4 times or more than the 7-day outbreak count. County asks Kearny Mesa church attendees to quarantine after COVID-19 outbreak - 10News (11.29.2020)
    • U.S. coronavirus cases pass 4 million for the month of November, doubling the record set in October. - The New York Times (11.29.2020)
    • You may know that I've been anti-NFL for numerous years, but the pandemic has thrown all tradition and conviction out the window. As such, we were watching some Sunday football and it makes me crazy how many of the coaches and masked people on the sidelines are still wearing their masks wrong or pulling them down to talk. It should be no surprise that team after team keep facing outbreaks. No QBs in Denver, no home for SF as COVID-19 sows NFL chaos - AP News (11.29.2020)
    • Coronavirus hunters pick up another piece of the trail in Italy. New research suggests the pathogen infected people across the country months before it was detected in China. Antibodies specific to the coronavirus were found in blood samples from lung cancer screening tests going back to September last year. - South China Morning Post (11.17.2020)
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