Friday, February 12, 2021

CoViD-19: Petco Vax Canceled Sun-Tues Due To Missed Delivery | California Has Its Own Mutations | School Guidance Released | Impeachment Trial Wraps |

The crowd for The Frights at Spreckels Organ Pavilion (Taken 2.15.2020)

Darren and I had a super fun night in the speakeasy and it meant that I slept an amazing 12 hours! It was delightful. The day was chill, we hung in the backyard for awhile since the contractor finally put in a temporary fence as I requested, and I've spent most of the evening trying to get my email under control which was almost triple my usual volume. 

Today the CDC released their school guidance, which is more or less identical to what California already had in place, and after glancing them over, it is promising that barring any crazy spring or summer surge and more evidence that vaccinations have lasting effects (which at this time is unknown), that Nova will be going to in-person high school this fall. Fingers crossed. We obviously don't want her going to school until its safe, but as an only child, she's certainly been more isolated than kids with siblings. 

There was also news that a shipment of Moderna didn't arrive as expected, so they've got to reschedule three days of Petco Park Superstation vaccination appointments. It was kinda funny watching the news freak out over the news, while just moments before they're showing the harrowing weather across the country, including that 100 car pile-up in Texas. "Gee, I wonder what could've caused this delay?!?" I'm not saying it doesn't suck, but people need to be a little more chill. At least we're on a path forward compared to where the country was a month and a half ago. Moderna is distributed by McKesson which we were warned would be slower. 

I don't think we have any big Valentine's/Chinese New Year/President's Day weekend plans other than a big dinner with the crab legs I ordered from Northwest Seafood Express as a Valentine's/Darren's Birthday plan. We probably have to get a Costco trip in but hopefully we can stall that until Monday. I also think Darren is finally desperate enough to go shopping for a new couch, so we've been feverishly comparing Mor, Jerome's, Bob's, and Living Spaces online but we'll have to go in to see what he could actually feel comfortable sitting on. I dread it, but it has to happen because our couch's life has been exhausted. So yay. Very exciting stuff around here, I know. Stay safe out there. 

  • COVID-19:
    • Delivery Shortfall Slows COVID-19 Vaccination Availability Petco Park Superstation appointments for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
    • New COVID variant with 5 mutations identified in California - CIDRAP (2.12.2021)
      as clinical outcomes have yet to be established, the functional effect of this strain regarding infectivity and disease severity remains uncertain
    • CDC released school guidance (35 page pdf) Here's the short version overview (2 page pdf) It shouldn't come as any surprise and I don't know why Paul Blart, the Torrey Pines Football Coach #LetThemPlay asshole is getting all excited because the CDC's recommendations are almost identical to California's already existing tier system and his beloved football cannot return until community transmission gets to the "substantial transmission" level. Again, all news channels highlighted people for and against reopening who likely haven't even read the new guidance. 
    • Summary of WHO Director-General's statement from Feb 12 media briefing:
      • The independent expert team to study the origins of the COVID-19 virus has completed its trip to China. The expert team is working on a summary report which we hope will be published next week, and the full final report will be published in the coming weeks. 
      • The number of reported cases of COVID-19 globally has declined for the fourth week in a row, and the number of deaths also fell for the second consecutive week. These declines appear to be due to countries implementing public health measures more stringently. 
      • Earlier this week, WHO held a global meeting of patients, clinicians and other stakeholders to advance our understanding of what is officially called post-COVID-19 condition, or “long COVID”. WHO released a case reporting form that will allow more data to be collected on long COVID in a standardized way. This will help to improve the understanding, surveillance and clinical management of the condition.  
      • Yesterday was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and I would like to pay tribute to all of the incredible women scientists who work for and with WHO all over the world.
    • San Diego Unified, Educators Outline Plans for Safe Reopening Based on Vaccines, Lower Case Rates and Protective Measures at Every School - SDUSD (2.11.2021)
      We will continue to follow the science and take all measures to protect our community from this deadly disease. As many families have already begun to make plans for the fall, we also want to be clear that we are committed to returning to in-person learning in the fall with an online option still available to any families who do not feel comfortable coming on campus. We feel confident making that commitment, because we are confident the new Biden Administration is doing everything possible to vaccinate our workforce and provide the necessary resources for schools to operate safely. For those who continue to worry about our ability to operate safely in the middle of this pandemic, we have the latest safety measures in place in every school, and our testing program is expanding rapidly. We will not cut corners on safety, and our widespread testing program should give everyone confidence in our commitment to remain vigilant against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
    • World’s largest COVID-19 drug trial identifies second compound that cuts risk of death - Science Mag (2.11.2021)
      Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, tocilizumab is a monoclonal antibody that blocks the protein that serves as receptor for interleukin-6 (IL-6), a signaling molecule in the immune system. That dampens the immune response, which is often overactive in late-stage COVID-19, causing serious disease and sometimes death. 
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  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 2/12/2021 10:23pm):
    • 108,195,727 Known Cases
    • 2,383,096 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats 
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
    • (JHU )
      • 27,490,117 Cases
      • 480,771 Deaths
    • (COVID Tracking Project):
      • 100,570 New Cases/27,266,230 Known Cases (2.6%+ Change over 7 Days)
      • 5,418 New Deaths/470,986 Known Deaths
      • 71,504 Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
      • 14,775 Currently COVID-19 patients in ICU
      • 4,849 COVID-19 patients currently on ventilator
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
    • Vaccination progress dashboard
    • Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guidelines - CDPH (2.11.2021)
      • Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the severe health conditions included in this provider bulletin. (Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, Chronic pulmonary disease, Down syndrome, immunocompromised state, Pregnancy, Sickle cell disease, Heart conditions, Severe obesity, Type 2 diabetes)
    • Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 13.6%
    • R-effective: 0.67
    • 10,059 New Cases/3,381,615 Total Cases (0.3% increase)
    • 546 New Deaths/46,002 Total Deaths (1.2% increase)
    • 5.1% 14-day test positivity rate
    • 10,505 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-523 patients, -5.0% from prior day)
    • 2,930 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (-84 patients, -2.9% from prior day)
    • 1,399 ICU beds available (+33 from prior day)
  • San Diego County 
    • Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
    • VaccinationSuperstationSD
    • Vaccination Dashboard
    • State Data:
      • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 10.6%
      • R-effective: 0.76
      • 1,113 New Cases/249,971 Total Cases
      • 51 Deaths/2,955 Total Deaths
      • 35.4 cases/100k population (Assessed on 2/9. Unadjusted Case Rate)
      • 9.1% Test Positivity (Assessed on 2/9)
      • 12.1% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 2/9)
      • 894 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (-63 patients, -6.6% from prior day)
      • 288 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-23 patients, -7.4% from prior day)
      • 170 ICU beds available (+5 from prior day)
    • County Data:
      • San Diego County Update - County News Center 
      • 817 New Cases/250,791 Total Cases 
      • 24 New Daily Deaths/2,979 Total Deaths
      • 703,200 Doses Shipped/569,060 Doses Administered
      • 4% Daily Test Positivity/7% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/6.3% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 34.2 cases/100k population (Assessed on 2/9. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
      • 96% Case Investigation 
      • -12.4% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (813 patients. -51% increase over 30 days)
      • 20% ICU Capacity (280 patients. -33% increase over 30 days)
      • 48 Staffed ICU Beds Available
      • 7 New/67 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
        • Business 36
        • Retail 5
        • Restaurant 1
        • Faith-based Setting 3
        • Government 4
        • Daycare/preschool 2
        • Healthcare 3
        • Construction 3
        • Food/Bev Processing 1
        • tk-12 school 2
        • Gym 2
        • Hotel/Resort/Spa 1
        • Comm-Based Org 4

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