I know most people wake up during that thing called 'morning', but usually that's when I'm going to bed, so when I'm asleep early on a Sunday and up early on a Monday, it feels worth noting. That led to a very productive-ish day, and by the time I finished watching all of the things (Jen Psaki, COVID-19 Response Team, closing arguments of the Chauvin trial, Todd Gloria at Froggy Park talking about homelessness) and by the time we'd finished lunch, Darren and I went to the San Diego Zoo while Nova did her piano. I'm having a hard time adjusting to Daylight Saving Time/Spring sun so shooting photos has been challenging but it's still fun trying. The above picture is full of horrible glare and shot with my phone, but I had some special bonding with this turtle that I'd never before seen in one of the aviaries. His nose looks like two little straws. It's tempting to reach in and touch him, but I didn't want to pollute his water with my sunscreen and hand sanitizer permanently embedded on my hands. And you're just not really supposed to touch any of the animals.
- COVID-19 Treatment Option Added in South Bay
The (Monoclonal Antibody) treatment is available at no cost regardless of health insurance or immigration status, and a doctor’s referral is not required.
The combination therapy has proven to significantly reduce hospital visits and death in COVID-19 positive patients, if administered within 10 days of the onset of symptoms.
The intravenous treatment takes less than an hour and is for people who are at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19.
Patients or providers can call (619) 685-2500 to schedule an appointment at either site. The MARC at San Ysidro Health is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
- I already linked the paper in the Lancet last week, but kpbs dives into the studies on aerosolization of Sars-CoV-2.
- "Irregular menstrual cycle" isn't listed as a COVID-19 vaccine side effect — but many report it - Salon (4.16.21)
- COVID once spared the young; now more are being hospitalized - Bloomberg/Stars and Stripes (4.19.21)
- Statement on the seventh meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic - WHO (4.19.21)
This one is really long, but this part is worth noting:
- Risk Communications, Community Engagement and Risk Management
- Communicate about COVID-19 vaccinations clearly and consistently, including on the benefit-risk of vaccination and on potential AEFI (adverse event following immunization.) It should be clearly communicated that no vaccination is 100% effective and that risk of disease, especially severe disease, is significantly reduced but not eliminated. Consequently, public health and social measures are still critically needed to prevent infections and control transmission of SARS-CoV-2 while vaccination supplies increase and coverage grows...
- Engage and enable communities, the media, and civil society stakeholders in response efforts to reduce pandemic fatigue and enhance vaccine acceptance.
- Establish mechanisms to prepare and support health workers and public health authorities as the pandemic is likely to continue for many additional months.
- White House:
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 19, 2021
- Today's terse exchange
- Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
- All Adults 16+ Now Vaccine eligible
- Averaging 3-3.5M vaccines a day.
- 90% of Americans have a vaccination site within 5miles
- US is still 60-70k cases a day. Not comparable to Israel which has 80% of adults vaccinated.
- Vaccines today don't kick in until 4-6 weeks, so interventions/protections must still be maintained.
- Remarks by Vice President Harris on the American Jobs Plan
- Virtual Celebration, Real Fun — County’s Earth Day 2021!
- San Diego transit agency settles death lawsuit for $5.5M - AP News (4.19.21)
- With Sports Arena Site, San Diego Could Be a True Leader on Affordable Housing. The Sports Arena site provides an incredible opportunity for showcasing what can and should be done on public properties in California to provide a true range of housing types for people of all income levels. - Voice of San Diego (4.19.21)
- Other Reading:
- Planned Parenthood Disavows Founder Margaret Sanger's Racism. (See text at end of post.)
- "In the first 108 days of 2021, 12,789 Americans have been killed by guns and our nation experienced at least 150 mass shooting incidents - over 50 during the past month. Every day, over 300 Americans are shot and over 100 are killed by guns." - Newtown Alliance (4.19.21)
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 4.19.21 7:20pm):
- 141,819,360 Known Cases
- 3,027,353 Known Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
- 31,737,347 Cases
- 567,690 Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- +46,032 New Cases/31,484,148 Known Cases
- +355 New Deaths/564,292 Known Deaths
- 264,505,725 Doses Delivered/211,581,309 Doses Administered
- Moderna 112,801,100 delivered/93,002,433 administered/35,439,161 Fully Vaccinated
- Pfizer 134,063,475 delivered/110,461,905 administered/41,989,404 Fully Vaccinated
- Janssen 17,641,150 delivered/7,949,021 administered/7,896,144 Fully Vaccinated
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- Vaccination progress dashboard
- Aggregate California ICU Bed Availability: 31.9%
- R-effective: 0.80
- 31,625,990 Doses Delivered/25,790,401 Doses Administered
- 1,916 New Cases/3,618,695 Total Cases (5 new cases/100k)
- 4 New Deaths/59,772 Total Deaths (0.1 new deaths/100k)
- 1.4% 7-day test positivity rate
- 2,099 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (-41 patients, -2.0% from prior day)
- 446 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (-5 patients, -1.1% from prior day)
- 2,427 ICU beds available (+153 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: 33.3%
- R-effective: 0.88
- 149 New Cases/274,961 Total Cases
- 0 Deaths/3,674 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)
- 185 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (+3 patients, +1.6% from prior day)
- 53 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-5 patients, -8.6% from prior day)
- 270 ICU beds available (+28 from prior day)
- County Data:
- San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 4-19-2021 - County News Center
- 152 New Cases/275,112 Total Cases
- 0 New Daily Deaths/3,674 Total Deaths
- 2,395,845 Doses Received/2,315,712 Doses Administered
- 2% Daily Test Positivity/2.4% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/1.8% 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
- -2.4% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (162 patients. -29% over 30 days)
- 38% ICU Capacity (55 patients. -35% over 30 days)
- 48 Staffed ICU Beds Available
- 0 New/18 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
A Message From Planned Parenthood. Edited for clarity.:
We need to talk about Margaret Sanger.
For as long as I've been involved with Planned Parenthood, our founder Margaret Sanger's legacy on race has been under scrutiny. Was she, or was she not, racist?
Over the years, we've answered every question but that one. We've defended her as an avenger of bodily autonomy but unfortunately "a product of her time." But now, as we're being called upon to grapple with our 100-year history, we can no longer afford to reconcile Margaret Sanger's legacy: We must reckon with it.
In this reckoning, Planned Parenthood is naming and owning the harm that Sanger caused to generations of people with disabilities and Black, Latino, Asian American, and Indigenous people. For example:
- when she spoke to the women's auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan at a rally in New Jersey to generate support for birth control.
- when she endorsed the Supreme Court's decision in Buck v. Bell, which allowed states to forcibly sterilize people deemed "unfit" without their consent.
- when the first human trials of the birth control pill, her passion project, were conducted in Puerto Rico on women who did not know they were an experiment, or that they might experience potentially dangerous side effects.
We don't know what was in Sanger's heart, and we don't need to, to condemn and disavow her harmful choices. Reckoning doesn't mean answering a yes or no question about whether she was racist. Reckoning is understanding her legacy and its impact. Reckoning is the work that comes next.
Re-assessing Sanger's history doesn't take away from her feminist fight. But her feminist fight wasn't enough. When you engage with people who believe in white supremacy, by default, you are devaluing and dehumanizing people of color.
And sometimes Planned Parenthood has repeated Sanger's mistakes. By centering women, and centering whiteness, we've contributed to America's harm for Black women and other women of color. And when we narrowly focus on "women's health," we have excluded trans and nonbinary people.
When we do that, we're failing our mission to care for the communities we serve. We owe it to them to show up differently to fight the dehumanization we are seeing right now. The dehumanization of victims of police violence like Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many others. The dehumanization of transgender kids whose health care and rights are being denied in states across the country. The dehumanization that comes when groups of people are not seen or valued as equals.
Long after we've reckoned with Sanger, we must continue to interrogate every structure and process and examine how racial hierarchy continues to operate.
We will no longer make excuses or apologize for Margaret Sanger's actions. We are committed to confronting white supremacy in our own organization and across the movement for reproductive freedom. This work has already begun at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, through its Reviving Radical initiative.
Margaret Sanger harmed generations with her beliefs. Planned Parenthood has a chance to heal those harms and build a better future in our second century. I'm so grateful to you, Rosemary, for growing and evolving with us and continuing to stand by our side as we go forward.
Alexis McGill Johnson, President & CEO
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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