Friday, January 01, 2021

2021 Begins: CoViD-19: UK Releases Preprint on B.1.1.7. Variant | 585 Reported Deaths in CA; 58 In San Diego | County Reports Record 4,478 Cases |

Fiesta Island Dog Park in the Before Times (Taken 1.11.2020)

We had a quiet New Year's Eve at home. Earlier in the day, my friend Angie dropped by a bottle of mezcal for my help with the virtual North Park Festival of Arts, and later in the evening Jeff came by so we could share a bottle of bubbly distanced in the backyard, but other than that, we watched Death To 2020 on Netflix, and as the night went on we jumped around on East Coast feeds of NYE programming, watched Schizophonics on the Casbah's Twitch, and then went outside to see all of our idiot neighbors shooting off fireworks and freaking out the dog. And being who we are, we watched news clips and then closed the night with the ultra-fascinating programming of NatHab and everything you ever wanted to know about North American moose. Low-key good times. 

But then while doomscrolling before I went to sleep, I found a thread about the COVID UK Varian and it freaked me out and I had awful, terrible, no good dreams and I couldn't shake off the horrible feelings left from the dreams. So, of course, here I am to purge the feelings,  share the bad news, because that's what I do. California reported a record 585 deaths in the last 24 hours, with San Diego reporting 58 on top of yesterday's 62. The thread that freaked me out was about the Imperial report released on the "UK Variant" so I'm still trying to wrap my non-science brain around what it all means, considering we now know it is considered widespread in San Diego based on the four unconnected cases sequenced here. 

We tried to distract and ended up watching Kamau Bell on the CNN Roku app and that's depressing, and then we went outside to sit in the sun for awhile and Nova told us that her toes were bothering her which raised alarm bells. Combined with her low-grade fever this week and her barfing the other day, I completely freaked out and insisted we go get tested. The experience is not a big deal, but it felt like we were in closer proximity with strangers for longer than we've been with anyone in a month, but all in all it took about an hour and now I guess we'll know when we know. I'm calmer now and not freaking out, but I'm gonna have to suck it up and pay the extra for grocery delivery because we can't really wait until test results come in before reloading on groceries. Doing the right thing is definitely not ever the easy thing. Happy New Year anyway. 
Today's reading and data after the jump. 


  • COVID-19:
  • Politics/News:
  • Other Reading:
    • Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020. Sorry, folks: Thanks to Covid, next year won’t be much more fun than this one, at least until enough vaccines arrive. - Wired (12.31.2020)
    • This fucking idiot. The party organizer (the guy in the black leather jacket with the double valved mask) was on the news saying "It was totally legit. We had security..." There was NOTHING legit about this except a bunch of spoiled fucking brats violated state and county health orders and everyone who purchased a ticket should be tracked and fined. New Details Emerge About Miramar Warehouse Stage Collapse - NBC San Diego (1.1.2021)
  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 1/1/2021 6:22pm):
    • 83,924,941 Known Cases
    • 1,827,121 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats (COVID Tracking Project):
    • 173,255 New Cases/19,888,285 Known Cases (+7.1% Change over 7 Days)
    • 2,534 New Deaths/339,313 Known Deaths
    • 125,057 Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
    • 23,253 Currently COVID-19 patients in ICU
    • 7,994 COVID-19 patients currently on ventilator
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 0.0%
    • 47,189 New Cases/2,292,568 Total Cases (2.1% increase)
    • 585 New Deaths/25,971 Total Deaths (2.3% increase)
    • 12.2% 14-day test positivity rate
    • 21,433 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-31 patients, -0.1% from prior day)
    • 4,618 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (+100 patients, +2.2.% from prior day)
    • 1,291 ICU beds available (+54 from prior day)
  • San Diego County Stats
    • State Data:
      • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 0%
      • 3,083 New Cases/155,593 Total Cases
      • 62 Deaths/1,534 Total Deaths
      • 76.3 cases/100k population (Based on week ending 12/22, Assessed on 12/29. Unadjusted Case Rate)
      • 13.7% Test Positivity (Assessed on 12/29)
      • 19.2% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 12/29)
      • 1,543 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (-6 patients, -0.4% from prior day)
      • 393 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-6 patients, -1.5% from prior day)
      • 175 ICU beds available (+15 from prior day)
    • County Data:
      • New Year Brings Record Number of COVID-19 Cases, 58 More Deaths - County News Center 
      • 4,478 New Cases/160,073 Total Cases 
      • 58 New Daily Deaths/1,592 Total Deaths
      • 14% Daily Test Positivity
      • 38.1 cases/100k population (Assessed on 12/29. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
      • 5,914 Total COVID-19 Hospitalizations 
      • 1,219 Total COVID-19 ICU 
      • 8 New/53 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
        • Business 22
        • Grocery 2
        • Faith-based Setting 5
        • Daycare/preschool 6
        • Healthcare 8
        • Emergency Services 3
        • Food/Bev Processing 2
        • tk-12 school 2
        • Warehouse/Distribution 1
        • Hotel/Resort/Spa 1
        • Comm-Based Org 1

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