Tuesday, April 06, 2021

CoViD-19: San Diego Moves To Orange Tier; Governor Newsom Targets June 15 For Statewide Reopening "Beyond The Blueprint" | All 16+ Vaccine Eligible By April 19 |

San Diego Zoo Mandatory Entrance Photo. Looks Like I have a Fairy On My Shoulder (Taken 4.6.21)

I was up all night, partially nerding out on numbers and data, partially keeping an eye on Darren after his second dose of Pfizer. Of course he had zero side effects just to spite us all. (haha) I did, however, watch Concrete Cowboy on Netflix and it was sooo good. I'm probably gonna make the fam watch it with me again. Of course, I was eagerly anticipating the vaccination numbers, so I stayed up until 10am to see we did, in fact, reach the 4M vaccines in HPI Q1, which shifts the tiers and moves San Diego into the Orange Tier. It is worth noting however, that to be in the Orange Tier by the new metrics, which act retroactively, need to be 5.9 cases per 100k or less. Last week we were at 4.9, and this week we've slid back to 5.8. We don't want to move backwards. I'll be watching numbers closely to see things like a week after opening day, post-Easter, etc. 

As I was finally falling asleep, I saw announcements from President Biden that he was moving forward vaccination targets and from the Governor that he's advancing full reopening targets, and I was able to finally drift off to sleep. One thing I will say is that I had a feeling that when Pfizer announced efficacy in teens last week, the admin is maybe asking them to hold off on requesting EUA until more adults are vaccinated, so by making "all adults 16+ eligible by April 19" I wouldn't be surprised if Pfizer now submits and the 12-16 year olds become eligible relatively quickly which would be AWESOME. Pubescent kids are already super gross, don't need to throw a whole pandemic in there, too. Perhaps that's why that June 15 target was set by the Governor, too. 

I missed my window for San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but it turns out Nova doesn't have online school the rest of the week, so perhaps we can take advantage and do something fun. One thing I've been really waiting for is for the large window that is Spring Break to be over so I can finally go back to La Jolla to see my sea lions, which I haven't done since we pulled Nova from soccer last fall. With reopenings, I'm not rushing out to eat out or sit at a bar, but I am hoping this means that other things loosen up, like the return of the tour buses at the San Diego Zoo, the elimination of their every-other-car rule for the Skyfari, and the return of the Africa Tram at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Then again, little kid vectors can't be vaccinated, so maybe they'll be cautious with such things. 

Besides all that, today was an exceptionally busy day in local politics. The agenda for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors was 50 pages long, and San Diego City Council had some big decisions about the Convention Center vote, there's a special election to replace Dr. Shirley Weber that got really contentious as the Dr. Akilah Weber, Shirley's daughter, seemed the stand out favorite until Leticia Munguia started dog-whistling and standing out as the police-endorsed candidate. I hate racism, but I especially hate racism between minorities, i.e. Mexican vs Black, Black vs. AAPI. It's something people don't want to talk about but it is a really ugly part of my Mexican heritage that I've always been acutely aware of, even just so much as I'm the 'guera' of my family and my sister is significantly darker and she's experienced so much racism than I've never had to worry about. Anyway, not a lot of precincts are reporting, but Dr. Weber has over 10,000 votes more than her nearest competitor and 52.34% of the vote as of 10:21pm so that is certainly promising. The sad thing is they're reporting only 18.1% turnout. We need to work on that. You can follow here.

Anyway, we did end up going to the San Diego Zoo for the last hour and a half they were open, mostly because last week my Samsung Health app reminded me that I haven't met the most basic exercise goals. We saw the local owl, which is pretty cool, like our little secret, and at the end of the night I made Nova and Darren ride the Skyfari 3 times in a row...west to east, back east to west, and west to east to the exit as the last announcement came for the park closing. For the record, you cannot really see the Sea World fireworks from the Skyfari, but you can hear the animals terrorized across the park from the booms. Today's post was gonna be especially long, but the speakeasy is calling so I'll have to catch up on all the things next post. Stay safe out there. 

  • County of San Diego Board of Supervisors:
    • What’s Changing When County Moves to Orange Tier
      • Restaurants: Indoor seating increases to 50% capacity or 200 people maximum. The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is also ending.
      • Gyms and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity indoors; indoor pools can open.
      • Wineries and Breweries: 25% or 100 people indoors maximum
      • Movie Theaters: 50% or 200 people maximum.
      • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: 50% capacity for indoor activities.
      • Places of Worship: 50% capacity indoor activities.
      • Bars with no food service: Open outdoors with modifications.
      • All retail: No capacity limits.
    • Appropriated $107M for Emergency Rental Assistance Program
    • Appropriated $80M for Great Plates
    • Accepting $124M from CDC to expand public health lab capacity 
  • City of San Diego Council Actions:
  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 4.6.21 10:20pm):
    • 132,423,013 Known Cases
    • 2,871,786 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats 
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
    • JHU
      • 30,847,145 Cases
      • 556,509 Deaths
    • CDC Data Tracker:
      • 62,878 New Cases/30,596,830 Known Cases 
      • 353 New Deaths/554,420 Known Deaths
      • 219,194,215 Doses Delivered/168,592,075 Doses Administered
        • Moderna 96,576,900 delivered/77,285,350 administered
        • Pfizer 110,548,815 delivered/86,855,993 administered
        • Janssen 12,068,500 delivered/4,299,901 administered
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
    • Vaccination progress dashboard
    • Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 31.0%
    • R-effective: 0.78
    • 26,126,320 Doses Delivered/20,267,689 Doses Administered
    • Doses administered to HPI Q1: 4,044,735
    • 1,367 New Cases/3,583,830 Total Cases (5 new cases/100k)
    • 7 New Deaths/58,541 Total Deaths (0.1 new deaths/100k)
    • 1.6% 7-day test positivity rate
    • 2,373 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-13 patients, -0.5% from prior day)
    • 543 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (-17 patients, -3.1% from prior day)
    • 2,401 ICU beds available (+9 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: 32.1%
      • R-effective: 0.83
      • 127 New Cases/271,655 Total Cases
      • 0 Deaths/3,583 Total Deaths
      • 5.8 cases/100k population (Assessed on 4/6. Unadjusted Case Rate)
      • 7-Day Positivity
      • 2.3% Test Positivity (Assessed on 4/6)
      • 2.6% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 4/6)
      • 205 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (+5 patients, +2.5% from prior day)
      • 56 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-1 patients, -1.8% from prior day)
      • 280 ICU beds available (-2 from prior day)
    • County Data:
      • San Diego County Update - County News Center 
      • 212 New Cases/271,866 Total Cases 
      • 2 New Daily Deaths/3,587 Total Deaths
      • 2,063,755 Doses Received/1,867,213 Doses Administered
      • 3% Daily Test Positivity/2.5% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/2.2% Test Positivity (14-day average)
      • 5.8 cases/100k population (Assessed on 4/6. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
      • 99% Case Investigation 
      • -1.1% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (170 patients. -47% over 30 days)
      • 39% ICU Capacity (51 patients. -53% over 30 days)
      • 53 Staffed ICU Beds Available
      • 1 New/13 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
    • Universities:

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