Saturday, January 30, 2021

COVID-19: California Passes 40,000 Deaths | Surprising To No One: Coachella 2021 Canceled | San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Reopen |

San Diego River at Mission Trails Regional Park (Taken 1.9.2020)

Darren and I had a fun late night in the speakeasy on Friday night. We were listening to the new releases from Arlo Parks and Adrianne Lenker as well as catching up on some podcasts and dipping into some old music, too. That resulted in a super chill and low-key Saturday. Darren has always wanted us to see Persepolis but we could never find it streaming so he checked it out from the library and we finally watched it. We also watched the CNN special investigation on QAnon which is even more bonkers than we already thought. In between, I'm also watching Bling Empire which is awful and terrible and a full-on trainwreck and hilarious and great TV all in one. 

We haven't had takeout food in weeks, but I've been having a hankering for egg drop soup. So instead of going to Hong Kong, I found recipes to make it and the accompanying wontons and it turned out amazing, though I'll need a pasta maker to get the wontons thinner in the future or just suck it up and buy them for a buck at the grocery store because they took way longer than the soup itself and now my back is killing me. 

Because of all that, I didn't do a whole lot of news watching or internet reading, though I was really sorry to hear about the jogger, Max Lenail, who died at Mission Trails Regional Park. We've been there during storms when the river is rushing and while beautiful, conditions can get really dangerous, and it sounds like he was there on Friday while the rest of us were at home marveling at the rare hailstorm. All that to say, I'll get back to it tomorrow or Monday but you're not really missing anything: people are still fighting back and forth about schools reopening, more cases of variants have been found in the US and will continue to be identified so long as samples are sequenced (which isn't happening nearly as much as it should), and there's crazy weather across the US. 

Stay safe out there!!

  • News:
    • Coachella, Stagecoach Canceled for 2nd Straight Year Over COVID. The Indio, California, festivals were originally scheduled for April. - NBC San Diego (1.29.2021)
    • The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Reopened Today. Members and ticketbuyers must make reservations. Reserve your spot now at San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park 
    • "SeaWorld, a licensed, permitted and accredited zoo, will reopen on Saturday, February 6, 2021, and operate in compliance with state safety guidelines for zoos. We look forward to welcoming our guests back to our park for fun, safe and memorable experiences."
    • About Max Lenail (from San Diego Hiking Society FB Group)
      This afternoon, it is hard for me to put my feelings into words. As many of you know, today our community tragically lost a fellow hiker and adventurer, Max Lenail at the age of 21. This devastating death in Mission Trails Regional Park, right in many of our back yards, has sent shock waves through our local hiking world. While there will be time in the future to process this loss, I wanted to express a message of love and admiration.

      Within hours of the call going out for help, over 1000 people from our community dropped everything to help as they could. At 9 AM, hikers from all across the region turned up at MTRP to aid in the search. This outpouring of support from so many has just further reinforced what I knew already. We have an extraordinary hiking community here in San Diego.

      I’m incredibly proud of all our members who threw out their weekend plans this morning to help out. The outcome was tragic but I’m inspired by response. At a time when so many of us are isolated, cut off from normal life, friends, and society, this purely altruistic reaction by a massive number of people reminded me how much good we can accomplish as a hiking family.

      I hope that as we learn more about Max and his story, we are inspired to savor the time we still have on our trails. Every moment we get to spend outdoors is special and I am thankful every day that we get to share it as a community, together. May his family find comfort in his memory.
  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 1/30/2021 9:22 pm):
    • 102,577,980 Known Cases
    • 2,219,889 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats 
    • (JHU)
      • 26,069,046 Cases
      • 439,439 Deaths
    • (COVID Tracking Project):
      • 146,657 New Cases/25,697,888 Known Cases (4.2%+ Change over 7 Days)
      • 2,972 New Deaths/430,120 Known Deaths
      • 97,561 Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
      • 19,130 Currently COVID-19 patients in ICU
      • 6,329 COVID-19 patients currently on ventilator
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
    • Vaccination progress dashboard
    • Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 0.0%
    • 18,427 New Cases/3,224,374 Total Cases (0.6% increase)
    • 638 New Deaths/40,216 Total Deaths (1.6% increase)
    • 7.8% 14-day test positivity rate
    • 15,941 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-640 patients, -4.0% from prior day)
    • 4,042 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (-190 patients, -4.7% from prior day)
    • 1,184 ICU beds available (-3 from prior day)
  • San Diego County 
    • Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
    • VaccinationSuperstationSD
    • Vaccination Dashboard
    • State Data:
      • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 0%
      • 1,670 New Cases/234,637 Total Cases
      • 37 Deaths/2,571 Total Deaths
      • 67.7 cases/100k population (Assessed on 1/26. Unadjusted Case Rate)
      • 12.6% Test Positivity (Assessed on 1/26)
      • 16.7% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 1/26)
      • 1,375 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (-8 patients, -0.6% from prior day)
      • 387 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-10 patients, -2.5% from prior day)
      • 155 ICU beds available (-4 from prior day)
    • County Data:
      • 2,128 New Cases/236,768 Total Cases 
      • 32 New Daily Deaths/2,603 Total Deaths
      • 9% Daily Test Positivity/8.8% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/10.8% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 497,600 Doses Shipped/304,595 Administered Doses
      • 49.6 cases/100k population (Assessed on 1/26. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
      • 85% Case Investigation 
      • -6.8% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (1,326 patients. -11% increase over 30 days)
      • 14% ICU Capacity (383 patients. +3% increase over 30 days)
      • 35 Staffed ICU Beds Available 
      • 5 New/57 Community Outbreaks (7-day)

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