Saturday, March 20, 2021

CoViD-19: Young Continue To Drive Transmission, 50+ Pay With Their Lives | San Diego Zoo Elephant Breach Video Emerges | Last Chance To Register For 79th District Election |


Me and Darren at the San Diego Zoo (Taken 3.19.2021)
I was trying to find more pictures of Shaba and it just made me sad because I spend so much time taking pictures of the elephant herd at the Safari Park, but I hate shooting through the wires at the San Diego Zoo, so my pictures of the senior elephants is limited. I did come across pictures of Tembo before she died at 48 years old in 2019, so that was kinda special, but I need a way better way of organizing my photos than what I currently have. Maybe I can train the tween to do it for cash. 

Today was another beautiful day in San Diego. We went for a small walk with the dog aroung the San Diego River Garden, had a nice lunch at home, hung out in the backyard, and then Darren and Nova made shrimp linguini that was perfection. After dinner, Darren and I made a grocery run and restocked both fridges and the freezer. I tell ya, Grocery Outlet at 8:30pm on a Saturday night is where it's at. Nobody is in the store, everything is freshly stocked, and the workers are super helpful and fast because they want to start closing up and getting ready to go home. 

I did find some stuff in yesterday's news that I thought was worthy of sharing, but mostly we were just obsessed watching the video of Shaba the elephant 'fake charging' that jackhole that jumped in her enclosure. We'll probably go back next week just to see the scene of the crime, and so I can make sure I get some portraits of the old elephants while they're still around. Stay safe out there. 

  • San Diego Zoo Incident:Yesterday this fucknut decided to enter the elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo with his toddler in his arms. You can see links to the story in my post from yesterday. Today, CBS8 shared someone's phone video of the incident and obviously I can't not share. Later in the day I saw the story, with the video, on every national news program, so I've included some of the local and national links. I'm glad the kid is okay, but I wouldn't have been sad to see Shaba's tusk make just a little contact with this dad's ass. And as I said on Facebook, if she wanted to hurt them, she could have, even once he was on the other side of the cable. She just wanted to warn him. The San Diego Zoo should absolutely reject calls for more safety barriers. I will not, however, that before this even happened, I noticed the Zoo was absent the gaggle of docents everywhere, so I would like to see more of them or staff presence so people will observe masking, distancing, and other safety protocols, which seem to have diminished with the convergence of San Diego County moving to a less restrictive tier, spring break, and perfect spring weather. Also, I cannot believe I didn't start snapping pictures when I saw the numerous cops and the family. What a missed opportunity.    

  • COVID-19:
    • WHO Director-General COVID-19 press briefing, 19 March, 2021
      • After six weeks of declining cases in January and February, we are now on track for a fourth consecutive week of increasing cases. These are worrying trends as we continue to see the impact of variants, opening up of societies, and inequitable vaccine rollout. 
      • WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety met this week to review the data on blood clots and low platelets among some people who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The committee has recommended that the AstraZeneca vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks, with tremendous potential for preventing infections and deaths from COVID-19. 
      • While I’m pleased that almost 150 countries have now started vaccinating, we still face serious barriers in ramping up production and distribution. Vaccine equity is particularly important in cities, especially where people live in crowded conditions and the risks of transmission are high. 
      • This Sunday marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Like vaccine equity, racial equity must be an essential part of our shared recovery from COVID-19. 
    • Five reasons why COVID herd immunity is probably impossible. Even with vaccination efforts in full force, the theoretical threshold for vanquishing COVID-19 looks to be out of reach. - nature (3.18.21)
    • Statement of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) COVID-19 subcommittee on safety signals related to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine - WHO (3.19.21)
    • This is some information from LA County, but I imagine San Diego isn't much different:
      Younger people continue to drive community transmission of COVID-19 in the County. Over 70% of the new cases today are from people under the age of 50 years old; conversely, 93% of today’s reported deaths are people who are over 50 years old. Residents between the ages of 30 and 49 years old have the highest percent of new cases at 33%, followed by residents between the ages of 18 and 29 years old, comprising 24% of all new cases...
      Gatherings, even with people you know who have no symptoms and have tested negative, can still result in spread of the virus to many people. The risk of spread increases when people are not diligent about consistently and correctly wearing face masks or keeping their physical distance and when people gather indoors.
  • News:
  • Politics: 
  • Other Reading: 
  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 3.20.21 5:26pm):
    • 122,735,445 Known Cases
    • 2,708,549 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats 
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
    • JHU
      • 29,782,076 Cases
      • 541,909 Deaths
    • CDC Data Tracker:
      • 29,552,459 Known Cases 
      • 538,261 Known Deaths
      • 156,734,555 Doses Delivered/121,441,497 Doses Administered
        • Moderna  75,496,800 delivered/58,294,583 administered
        • Pfizer 76,983,855 delivered/60,849,627 administered
        • Janssen 4,253,900 delivered/2,163,681 administered
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
    • Vaccination progress dashboard
    • Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 28.7%
    • R-effective: 0.81
    • 18,234,500 Doses Delivered/14,180,095 Doses Administered
    • 3,107 New Cases/3,541,928 Total Cases (5.6 new cases/100k; +0.1% increase)
    • 45 New Deaths/56,072 Total Deaths (0.0 new deaths/100k; +0.1% increase)
    • 1.9% 14-day test positivity rate
    • 3,812 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-146 patients, -3.8% from prior day)
    • 1,030 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (-1 patients, -0.1% from prior day)
    • 2,115 ICU beds available (+46 from prior day)
  • San Diego County 
    • Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
    • VaccinationSuperstationSD
    • Vaccination Dashboard
    • San Diego County Of Education School Reopening Dashboard
    • State Data:
      • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 30.5%
      • R-effective: 0.83
      • Doses Administered: 1,372,989
      • 421 New Cases/267,173 Total Cases
      • 13 Deaths/3,491 Total Deaths
      • 6.8 cases/100k population (Assessed on 3/16. Unadjusted Case Rate)
      • 2.8% Test Positivity (Assessed on 3/16)
      • 4.2% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 3/16)
      • 267 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (-15 patients, -5.3% from prior day)
      • 101 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+5 patients, +5.2% from prior day)
      • 295 ICU beds available (+27 from prior day)
    • County Data:
      • 359 New Cases/267,536 Total Cases 
      • 1 New Daily Deaths/3,492 Total Deaths
      • 1,438,515 Doses Received/1,372,989 Doses Administered
      • 3% Daily Test Positivity/2.5% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/2.8% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 6.8 cases/100k population (Assessed on 3/16. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
      • 100% Case Investigation 
      • -11.4% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (230 patients. -67% over 30 days)
      • 38% ICU Capacity (87 patients. -61% over 30 days)
      • 49 Staffed ICU Beds 
      • 4 New/17 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
    • Universities:

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