Tuesday, February 23, 2021

CoViD-19: Case Rate Drops To 15/100k Residents | San Diego Unified: All Schools, All Grades To Return In April | CDC Gets More Pressure To Dangers of Aerosols |


Mwezi Is Everyone In My House Right Now (Taken 2.21.2021)

It's been a ho-hum day around here. I think Darren gets into a little funk around his birthday and with Nova gone and me just lazing around watching news or napping or reading email leaves him pretty bored. I was fascinated with today's briefings, and also watched my share of coverage of Tiger Woods' massive rollover crash. I don't really care so much except in watching the ways celebrities are treated so different than the rest of us. We would've been drug tested on the spot, especially if it was known that we just had another major back surgery 5 weeks ago and a history of reckless driving and DUI. It very much appears he fell asleep or the thing nobody wants to say, was suicidal seeing as he never hit the brakes. Whatever, at least nobody else was involved. I can't decide if that is actually good advertising or bad advertising for the 2021 Genesis GV80, but it looks like everyone on the scene is saying he could've died, so I guess that speaks to the safety of the vehicle. 

I also watched the governor and Jen Psaki and just the same dumb questions as always. I watched some of the Capital Insurrection hearings but that's why we have news to just edit the informative and revealing parts. Now I'm watching Nat Hub's "Daily Dose of Nature" on Youtube and it's on Tropical Photography. Maybe I'll practice his techniques in the Zoo aviary at some point this week. All I know is if I don't get Darren out of this house, I'm gonna have a sad panda on my hands. 

Today was a big news day locally because SDUSD released their reopening dates, City Council passed the short term rental restrictions (which don't go far enough, in my opinion, but it's something), and our case rate has once again dropped significantly to 15 cases per 100k residents. That is good news. I don't think we'll see any more major drops, I believe they'll be more incremental, but barring any crazy variant outbreaks, we could actually get out of the purple tier in the next month or two, and that will be amazing when we do. 

Stay safe out there. 

  • Politics:
  • News:
  • Other Reading:
    • Extremists Face Arrests, Uncertain Future Following January 6 Insurrection - ADL (2.17.2021)
      Of the 212 individuals identified by COE, 52 (or 25 percent) have ties to known right-wing extremist groups, including Oath Keepers (six people), Proud Boys (17), Groypers and other white supremacists (10) and the QAnon conspiracy theory (14)...
      The remaining 75 percent are considered part of the new pro-Trump extremist movement, a decentralized but enthusiastic faction made up of self-described “patriots” who continue to pledge their fidelity to the former President.
  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 2.23.21 9:29pm):
    • 112,108,142 Known Cases
    • 2,485,368 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats 
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
    • (JHU)
      • 28,259,987 Cases
      • 502,594 Deaths
    • (COVID Tracking Project):
      • 67,879 New Cases/28,000,689 Known Cases (1.7%+ Change over 7 Days)
      • 2,196 New Deaths/492,578 Known Deaths
      • 55,058 Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
      • 11,272 Currently COVID-19 patients in ICU
      • 3,755 COVID-19 patients currently on ventilator
  • State of California Media Briefing:
    • California OKs $600 Stimulus Payments For 5.7 Million People - KPBS (2.23.2021)
    • Golden State Stimulus passed/signed, made up of 6 bills. 
      • Direct $600 checks to certain qualified taxpayers
      • Waiving 2 years licensing fees 
      • $2 billion in grants to restaurants, hair salons & more
      • $24 million in aid to agricultural workers
      • $35 million for food banks and diapers
      • $100 million in financial aid for community college students
    • Media Questions:
      • CalWorks, CAPI, EITC, SSI, SSIP
      • Won't comment on further discussions with teachers' unions
      • Hope to have school resolutions this week
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
    • Vaccination progress dashboard
    • Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 20.9%
    • R-effective: 0.63
    • 3,447 New Cases/3,450,058 Total Cases (0.1% increase)
    • 225 New Deaths/49,563 Total Deaths (0.5% increase)
    • 3.3% 14-day test positivity rate
    • 6,908 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-257 patients, -3.7% from prior day)
    • 1,898 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (-112 patients, -5.9% from prior day)
    • 1,861 ICU beds available (+45 from prior day)
  • San Diego County 
    • Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
    • VaccinationSuperstationSD
    • Vaccination Dashboard
    • State Data:
      • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 19.5%
      • R-effective: 0.68
      • 321 New Cases/257,348 Total Cases
      • -1 Deaths/3,189 Total Deaths (-1 means a death attributed to COVID was investigated and is no longer counted as such)
      • 16.6 cases/100k population (Assessed on 2/23. Unadjusted Case Rate)
      • 5.0% Test Positivity (Assessed on 2/23)
      • 7.4% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 2/23)
      • 632 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (-26 patients, -4.0% from prior day)
      • 195 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-10 patients, -4.9% from prior day)
      • 241 ICU beds available (+18 from prior day)
    • County Data:
      • 80K COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Arriving in Region - County News Center 
        Nearly 80,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped to San Diego County have begun arriving in the region, allowing for the rescheduling of all missed second doses and the widespread resumption of first dose appointments.
      • San Diego County COVID-19 Watch
        • 10,712 Cases From 2/7-2/20
        • 5,363 Interviewed
        • 3,251 Claim No Community Exposure (60.6%)
        • 2,049 Household Exposure (38.2%)
      • 454 New Cases/257,805 Total Cases 
      • 29 New Daily Deaths/3,218 Total Deaths
      • 828,825 Doses Shipped/751,679 Doses Administered
      • 4% Daily Test Positivity/4.9% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/4.6% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 15.0 cases/100k population (Assessed on 2/23. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
      • 93% Case Investigation 
      • -12.8% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (594 patients. 59% decrease over 30 days)
      • 31% ICU Capacity (186 patients. -55% decrease over 30 days)
      • 56 Staffed ICU Beds Available
      • 1 New/23 Community Outbreaks (7-day)

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