|Darren & Nova in the Succulent Garden at San Diego Zoo Safari Park|
You'll never believe what I did. I went to bed at the same time as Nova last night, which was like 10pm, and it was a miracle. I did wake up around 1am but forced myself back to sleep, which meant I was up early to see Nova off for her first in-person day back in school. Her school is a public charter, so they're kind of under SDUSD and kind of on their own with a cluster of charters in LA, so they're in cohorts with 2 days of in-person learning and 2 days of async. She's still done before 1pm, so after catching up on the Psaki media briefing, news, and all the J&J reports, she was pretty much already back home. She and Darren made us pizzas for lunch to celebrate the first day.
Since I'd wanted to go so bad last week, we ended up going to San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It was gray and gloomy, which is the perfect weather for up there. We haven't made a trek out to Anza-Borrego in two years (!), so we made sure to spend a lot of time in the succulent and world gardens, without even realizing today is Plant Appreciation Day. (Check out this super cool 'when to plant' guide for gardeners.) For the occasion, I included cell phone and photos from my Canon. I also took a lot of time with the kangaroos and wallabies, with the tree kangaroo, and with the tigers. Then we made our way to the lower park for some rhino and elephant time, but the waterbuck had taken over our favorite part at Kilima Point instead to show off their babies and eat the giraffe food.
I don't really need to go into all the news today, but I did want to make a note that San Diego was technically in the Red Tier today. Last week we were close, but any uptick isn't good. But for businesses, it doesn't really matter, because last week's announcements mean that counties won't slip back in tiers even if case rates and testing positivity increase unless those rises coincide with hospitalizations and ICUs. I think the point of that is that lots of places are doing regular testing, like schools, sports, and others, where positive cases may be in more asymptomatic carriers, so higher cases and positivity, while bad for the spread, are less likely to affect vulnerable people who should already be vaccinated by now. I should note I was worried about the R-eff the other day, and while ours is still below 1, it is above 1 in multiple counties in the state, so if everyone is only gonna look out for themselves anymore, then you gotta be the one that takes care of you. Stay safe out there.
- Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine.
- 6 reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine.
- A type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia).
- All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination
- People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
- Recommending a pause out of an abundance of caution, but if benefit-risk for individual patients outweighs risk of clots (6/6,800,000 adverse effects), a provider and patient can make their own determination.
- States and jurisdictions may continue to administer J&J vaccine.
- CDC and FDA recommend US pause use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns - CNN (4.13.21)
- U.S. urges pause on use of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine after rare blood clotting cases - STAT News (4.13.21)
- Doctor warns against drawing conclusions after woman dies of stroke in days after J&J vaccine - WRAL (3.25.21)
As this woman was 63, it is unclear if she is one of the six reported cases under evaluation.
Out of an abundance of caution CA will follow the CDC & FDA & temporarily pause use of J&J.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 13, 2021
J&J is just 4% of CA’s supply from the feds right now.
Vaccines are still overwhelmingly safe.
We’re vaccinating 3+ million people a week and are still on track to fully reopen 6/15.
- British variant of COVID-19 not as severe as feared - study - Reuters (4.13.21)
- WHO: Weekly Epidemiological Update, as of 11 April 2021 -
Globally, new COVID-19 cases rose for a seventh consecutive week, with over 4.5 million new cases reported in the last week. The number of new deaths increased for the fourth consecutive week, increasing by 7% compared to last week, with over 76 000 new deaths reported.
- Unvaccinated teens, children driving COVID-19 surges - Becker's Hospital Review (4.13.21)
- Governor Newsom Signs Landmark $536 Million Wildfire Package Accelerating Projects to Protect High-Risk Communities - Office of Governor Gavin Newsom (4.13.21)
- Governor and legislative leaders tour fuels management project that helped protect a Butte County community from last year’s North Complex Fire
- Early action funding invests in wildfire resilience projects including forest management, fuel breaks and hardening infrastructure in high-risk communities
- Early budget action builds on the Governor’s announcement last week of an expanded state task force to deliver on key commitments of the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan
- White House:
- Statement from Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
- FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan Supports Small Businesses
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, NIAID Director and Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci, and COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients, April 13, 2021
- Timeline and Interactive Map: The Shootings, Manhunt & Standoff Involving Christopher Marquez. Christopher Marquez, 36, is accused of shooting at a bounty hunter on March 16 in Chula Vista, at police officers on April 5, and again at police officers on April 12 - NBC San Diego (4.13.21)
- Minnesota Police Chief Resigns After Daunte Wright’s Killing. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon’s resignation was announced with the resignation of Officer Kim Potter. - HuffPost (4.13.21)
- "Governor Gavin Newsom signs $536 million early budget action package for wildfire prevention and preparedness." - @CAgovernor Twitter (4.13.21)
- Sierra Club statement on the murder of Daunte Wright - (4.13.21)
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 4.13.21 8:20pm):
- 137,251,434 Known Cases
- 2,957,902 Known Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
- 31,345,312 Cases
- 563,440 Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- +61,526 New Cases/31,076,891 Known Cases
- +569 New Deaths/559,741 Known Deaths
- 245,364,805 Doses Delivered/192,282,781 Doses Administered
- Moderna 104,443,800 delivered/85,435,687 administered
- Pfizer 123,491,355 delivered/99,453,295 administered
- Janssen 17,429,650 delivered/7,233,726 administered
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- Vaccination progress dashboard
- Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 31.9%
- R-effective: 0.89
- 28,799,070 Doses Delivered/23,243,392 Doses Administered
- 1,568 New Cases/3,604,395 Total Cases (4.7 new cases/100k)
- 9 New Deaths/59,258 Total Deaths (0.13 new deaths/100k)
- 1.5% 7-day test positivity rate
- 2,175 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (+62 patients, +2.9% from prior day)
- 514 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (+24 patients, +4.7% from prior day)
- 2,425 ICU beds available (+28 from prior day)
- San Diego County
- County Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine in San Diego
- Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
- Vaccination Dashboard
- San Diego County Of Education School Reopening Dashboard
- State Data. Note: Unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as low rate of vaccine take up, a county will only move to a more restrictive tier if hospitalizations are increasing significantly among vulnerable individuals, especially among vaccinated individuals, and both test positivity and adjusted case rates show a concerning increase in transmission.
- Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 33.3%
- R-effective: 0.92
- 144 New Cases/273,431 Total Cases
- 3,621 Deaths/0 Total Deaths
- 6.3 cases/100k population (Assessed on 4/13. Unadjusted Case Rate)
- 2.5% Test Positivity (Assessed on 4/13)
- 3.0% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 4/13)
- 186 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (+19 patients, +11.4% from prior day)
- 54 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+4 patients, +8.0% from prior day)
- 296 ICU beds available (+3 from prior day)
- County Data:
- San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 4-13-2021 - County News Center
- 278 New Cases/273,708 Total Cases
- 2 New Daily Deaths/3,623 Total Deaths
- 2,278,085 Doses Received/2,117,604 Doses Administered
- 2% Daily Test Positivity/2.6% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/2% Test Positivity (14-day average)
- 6.0 cases/100k population (Assessed on 4/13. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.)
- 99% Case Investigation
- 0.6% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (163 patients. -42% over 30 days)
- 39% ICU Capacity (53 patients. -40% over 30 days)
- 53 Staffed ICU Beds Available
- 0 New/16 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
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