|Papa Gerenuk Chomps Dinner (Taken 3.26.21)|
Darren and I intended to have cocktails last night, but by the time I finished my post, it was kinda late to start drinking. So today I'm gonna keep it short so I can get to hanging out.
I will comment on a few things, however. We went back to the San Diego Zoo today to try to live it up before it is fully overcome with spring break. I posted about the Mission: Spring Awakening launching on Saturday, and I'll note that when I checked today, all Saturday reservations are gone, at least for members. I don't know if there's a different allotment for single-day ticket buyers. Even though we didn't arrive until 4:30, it was still super crowded. The line for Skyfari was especially long, and while I couldn't tell if they're still using every other car, as far as I could tell, folded strollers are still not allowed at boarding. I crossed paths with dozens of below the nose maskers which wouldn't be so annoying if their groups weren't spread out and hogging up entire pathways and trails.
Before we went to the Zoo, we watched Jen Psaki's press conference and there was nothing really of note except her testy exchange with the dick reporter from Fox who was crying that mean Mr. Biden wouldn't call on him or his colleagues. Boo hoo. The best answer would've just been that he doesn't call on them because it's a NEWS briefing, and they clearly are not news. But alas, she has integrity and couldn't say so.
I kinda skipped most of the rest of the day's news, but basically cases are going up in the US and is coinciding with spring travel, school and business reopenings, and people generally increasing mobility. Our cases should still get down some in San Diego, but we're still looking okay. I'd love to lock California up and ban all out of state travelers from anywhere, but obviously I'm an extremist. Oh, there was this funny thing about Sports Arena that VOSD reported on which basically stalls the project unless they commit to more low-income housing based on a law that passed, including a vote from then -Assemblyman Todd Gloria. Definitely worth the read. I'm off to the speakeasy. Stay safe out there.
- COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review:
- Get Tested!!
- Cases increasing in many states
- Wear your goddamn mask, and wear it properly over your mouth AND NOSE.
- Sports Arena Negotiations on Hold After Unexpected State Requirements. An overlooked change to state law could derail the city of San Diego’s attempt to redevelop the area around the Sports Arena into an urban entertainment district. - Voice of San Diego (3.25.21)
- New study: California’s trailblazing diesel rules save lives - CalMatters (3.26.21)
- Masks and hand sanitizer can be tax write-offs, the IRS says - Stars and Stripes/Bloomberg (3.26.21)
- White House:
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, March 26, 2021
- Exchange with Fox News is worth noting because the reporter is always such a fucking asshole, asks stupid questions, and frames his questions with his spin:
- Q Okay, and just one more about yesterday. We noticed, starting at the end of the campaign and then into the transition and here at the White House, anytime that the President has an event where he’s given a list of reporters to call on, Fox is the only member of the five-network TV pool that has never been on the list in front of the President. And I’m just curious if that is an official administration policy.
MS. PSAKI: We’re here having a conversation, aren’t we?
- Q Yes, but the President —
MS. PSAKI: And do I take questions from you every time you come to the briefing room?
- Q Yes, but I’m talking about the President.
MS. PSAKI: Has the President taken questions from you since you came in — since you — since he came into office?
- Q Unfortunately —
MS. PSAKI: Yes or no?
- Q — only when I have shouted after he goes through his whole list. And the President has been very generous with his time with Fox. I’m just curious about this list that he is given.
MS. PSAKI: So —
- Q The only member of the five-network pool never on it, dating back to when he resumed in-person events in Wilmington during the end of the campaign.
MS. PSAKI: Well I would say that I’m always happy to have this conversation with you, even about your awesome socks you’re having on today — you’re wearing today — and have a conversation with you even when we disagree. The President has taken your questions. And I’m looking forward to doing Fox News Sunday this Sunday for the third time in the last few months.
- Statement by President Biden on the Attack on the Right to Vote in Georgia
- Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
- With 200 million shots in the first 100 days, more than half of all adult Americans will have gotten at least one shot by April 29th.
- Consistently vaccinating 2.5 million Americans per day
- 71 percent of individuals 65 and over have received at least one shot
- This week, more than 27 million doses went to states, Tribes, and territories
- Seven-day average of about 57,000 cases per day; an increase of 7 percent from the prior seven days.
- Seven-day average of new hospitalizations, about 4,700 per day, represents a slight increase from the prior seven-day period.
- Seven-day average of deaths continues to hover at 1,000 deaths per day.
- "I remain deeply concerned about this trajectory. We have seen cases and hospital admissions move from historic declines, to stagnations, to increases. And we know from prior surges that if we don’t control things now, there is a real potential for the epidemic curve to soar again. Please, take this moment very seriously."
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 3.26.21 10:24pm):
- 126,066,989 Known Cases
- 2,767,229 Known Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
- 30,155,806 Cases
- 548,070 Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- 29,903,245 Known Cases
- 543,975 Known Deaths
- 177,501,775 Doses Delivered
- 136,684,688 Doses Administered
- Moderna 84,565,400 delivered/21,572,493 administered
- Pfizer 88,082,475 delivered/24,247,721 administered
- Janssen 4,853,900 delivered/2,843,863 administered
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- Vaccination progress dashboard
- Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 30.0%
- R-effective: 0.82
- 20,802,720 Doses Delivered/16,392,678 Doses Administered
- 2,608 New Cases/3,555,915 Total Cases (4.8 new cases/100k)
- 245 New Deaths/57,336 Total Deaths (0.04 new deaths/100k
- 1.9% 7-day test positivity rate
- 2,766 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-60 patients, -2.2% from prior day)
- 651 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (-51 patients, -7.8% from prior day)
- 2,182 ICU beds available (+34 from prior day)
- San Diego County
- Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
- Vaccination Dashboard
- San Diego County Of Education School Reopening Dashboard
- State Data:
- Southern California ICU Bed Availability: %
- R-effective: 0.82
- 210 New Cases/268,623 Total Cases
- 11 Deaths/3,520 Total Deaths
- 5.5 cases/100k population (Assessed on 3/23. Unadjusted Case Rate)
- 7-Day Positivity
- 2.4% Test Positivity (Assessed on 3/23)
- 3.4% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 3/23)
- 215 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (-16 patients, -6.9% from prior day)
- 72 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-6 patients, -7.7% from prior day)
- 282 ICU beds available (-18 from prior day)
- County Data:
- San Diego County Update - County News Center
- 3 More COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Coming to San Diego
- 422 New Cases/269,049 Total Cases
- 5 New Daily Deaths/3,525 Total Deaths
- 1,658,305 Doses Received/1,568,526 Doses Administered
- 3% Daily Test Positivity/2.2% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/2.6% Test Positivity (14-day average)
- 5.5 cases/100k population (Assessed on 3/23. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.)
- 99% Case Investigation
- -12.2% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (179 patients. -67% over 30 days)
- 36% ICU Capacity (69 patients. -61% over 30 days)
- 65 Staffed Available ICU Beds
- 3 New/20 Community Outbreaks (7-day)