|Spreckels Organ Pavilion Balboa Park (Taken 12.6.2020)|
Today was such a nice day. I guess that whole thing they say about 'acceptance' is true, and I felt really refreshed and unburdened today. I woke up motivated to assess all of the projects I'd like to get done while we're confined to the stay-at-home order and unlike in March, I'm looking forward to the nesting, because we know so much more now and can know that this order will likely continue through January and fill that time with things other than worry and anxiety.
We ended up running out shopping last night. We picked up a Christmas tree at the outdoor lot at Home Depot. It was kind of crowded...obviously others had the same plan as us, so this year we didn't untie any trees to inspect, we just grabbed one sight unseen (she called to us) and paid for it and didn't wait in the long line for the one guy with a chainsaw to cut the bottom off or clip branches. We grabbed some cut branches for wreath making, and while Darren was tying it to the car, I ran into the store and bought a couple small Christmas-tree shaped tabletop rosemary bushes and some paper towels, which they had an abundance of.
From there we went to Grocery Outlet and the plan was for Darren and Nova to wait in the car, but who knew that the store would be completely empty at 8pm on a Saturday night the night before a shutdown?? (That's a joke. I'm sure everyone was out raging instead.) We were the only ones in the store, grabbed everything we could think we could possibly need for the coming weeks (though there will still be more Costco trips in the near future) and moseyed home.
That means today was planning to put the Christmas tree inside, which involved building a small platform to elevate it from the cats from an old stool and wood we had around the yard. I also did a deep dive into my closet and got it much more organized than it has been in a long while. And now I have a growing list of all the things I hope to get done with this abundance of time on my hands. Plus, I'll continue to keep doing all of this here, if for nothing else to remember what this whole mess was like and how we endured it.
- World COVID-19 Stats (JHU 12/5 7:25pm):
- 67,027,780 Known Cases
- 1,535,492 Known Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats (COVID Tracking Project):
- 176,771 New Cases/14,534,035 Known Cases
- 1,138 New Deaths/273,374 Known Deaths
- 101,487 Current Hospitalizations
- 20,145 Currently in ICU
- 7,094 Currently on ventilator
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- 30,075 New Cases/1,341,700 Total Cases (2.3% increase)
- 85 New Deaths/19,876 Total Deaths (0.4% increase)
- 8.1% 14-day test positivity rate
- 10,624 Hospitalizations
- 2,393 ICU hospitalized in CA
- 1,567 ICU beds available
- San Diego County Stats
- State Data:
- Southern California ICU Bed Availability:
- 2,287 New Cases/90,470 Total Cases
- 8 Deaths/1,055 Total Deaths
- 30.5 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 11/28, Assessed on 12/1. Unadjusted Case Rate)
- 2.3% Test Positivity (Based on week ending 11/28, Assessed on 12/1.)
- 9.4% test positivity (14-day average)
- 10.6% Health Equity Positivity (Based on week ending 11/28)
- 835 hospitalized patients
- 216 ICU hospitalized patients
- 198 ICU beds available
- County Data:
- San Diego County COVID Update - County News Center
- San Diego is currently hitting 6 triggers: Adjusted Case Rate, Community Outbreaks, Increasing Hospitalizations, Declining ICU Capacity, Increasing Testing Positivity, and Declining Case Investigation Initiation.
- 1,703 New Cases/92,171 Total Cases
- 7 New Daily Deaths/1,062 Total Deaths
- 6% Daily Test Positivity/8.4% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/7.1% Test Positivity (14-day average)
- 15.3 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 11/28, Assessed on 12/1. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.)
- Case Investigation is 51% (under 70% goal)
- Increasing Day Over Day Hospitalizations 10.5% (over 10% trigger. 179% increase over 30 days)
- ICU Capacity 19% (under 20% Trigger. 116% increase over 30 days)
- 5 New/88 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
- ‘Makes you ask why the hell we even bother.’ Infectious disease experts face disillusionment as COVID-19 pandemic worsens - The Boston Globe (12.4.2020)
This article is worth the full read because there are so many valuable voices covered. That doctors are being threatened, that they're quitting their careers, that nobody is listening is just heartbreaking.
“Although there are still many unknowns, a lot of the most decisive factors in the trajectory of the epidemic are now political and social. They’re no longer epidemiological. We understand the basic facts of how this virus transmits. We understand the types of interventions that are going to work until we have a vaccine. It’s now in the hands of regulatory bodies and bureaucracies and politicians. And the sense that we can work in partnership with them and really make a difference, it feels like that is now at an end. That was a demoralizing realization for many of us.”
- People Are Dying so I Don't Care If I Hurt Your Feelings - The Mighty (Dec 2020)
- Tipped Service Workers Are More Vulnerable Amid Pandemic Harassment Spike: Study - NPR (12.6.2020)
- How We Can Stop the Spread of COVID-19 By Christmas - Time (11.17.2020)
- We can control the pandemic today - RapidTests.org
- Compulsory face masks helped cut German Covid-19 infections by almost 50 per cent, study finds. Study concludes masks are one of the most cost-effective ways to fight the disease with a cost that is ‘close to zero’ compared with other measures. Study looked at data from over 400 municipal districts and found that some cities saw infections fall by up 75pc within 20 days - South China Morning Post (12.5.2020)
- Sea World Park Closure Update
- San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Closing Temporarily
- Other Reading/Articles of Interest:
- I posted this to Facebook, but for those who didn't see it:
In an effort to be optimistic, I feel like the current stay-at-home order is so much better than March. Back then it was carrying on week to week and we were being strung along to find our own information.
All these months later, we know what causes the spread, and there's more testing and recommendations for treatment should we fall sick, including what red flags should be cause for concern and a trip to the hospital.
But more than that, we have a minimum specific time frame: 21 days. And we can look at statistics and know that it will be longer. This allows us to plan, to budget, and for me, lay out all the projects I've been meaning to do but didn't because it was too hot, too exhausting, too complex. I've already started on my impossible closet and have a hefty list to turn my spaces not just livable but more ideal. We did some stuff over the summer, but now we know we'll be home and can finish all the things.
I hope you all can find your own things to be optimistic about.
- Since I'm taking advantage of the stay-at-home order with some long needed cleaning projects, I found a couple helpful articles to alter for this season.