Friday, May 07, 2021

CoViD-19: County Adds Extended Hour & Mobile Vaccination Sites | Biden's America The Beautiful Plan l Fletcher Disses LA | Photos: San Diego Zoo & Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden |


Malayan Tapir Calf at San Diego Zoo (Taken 5.6.21)

I've been trying to make sure I do something every day beyond just watching briefings and reading email and sitting in my backyard, so today the May Gray called for a quick visit to the San Diego Zoo. Darren was doing laundry and Nova just got a book of Billie Eilish sheet music in the mail that she proceeded to deep dive into on piano and guitar, so I went alone after seeing video of a new okapi baby on exhibit. Of course, by the time I motivated it was almost 5pm so I didn't see the okapi, but I did get a lot of time with the Malayan tapirs who, while I'm probably just projecting, seemed to be playing hide and seek with me, moving from the lower part of their enclosure to the upper part and back again several times. They make my heart flutter and they make the coolest noise that is somewhere between a shrieking high whistle and an elephant's trumpet. So yes, I talk to them. Because of course I do. I also got some fun time with hippos Funani and Amahle who were all over their pool today. 

After the Zoo, I went to the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden and everything is in bloom right now, and absolutely gorgeous. I'd highly suggest an early morning or late afternoon walk around. Plus, if you're vaccinated, there are a few people here and there, but it's open enough and empty enough that you can take the mask off and literally smell the roses. The colors are so vibrant and there's just so many of them. 

Today was the start of the later hours for three of the County's vaccination sites, so if you've had a hard time getting to the early daytime hours, perhaps the 1-8pm timeframe works better for you. Plus they've got a ton of mobile sites popping up to 'meet people where they are' all over the county, so if you haven't yet, it's time to get on the vaccination train. Psaki didn't have a press briefing today because the president was travelling, but apparently you can be sure that Nathan Fletcher won't ever be running for governor because he had a lot to say about LA, even if it was in a joking way how fans of a team egg on opponents. Clip at the end because it made me laugh out loud. Tomorrow the Casbah's newsletter will have a playlist from Mayor Todd Gloria and it's a pretty solid list that you might be interested in checking out. Be safe out there.  

  • State Data:
    • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 34.4%
    • R-effective: 0.88
    • 219 New Cases/277,098 Total Cases
    • 3 Deaths/3,716 Total Deaths
    • 5.5 cases/100k population (Assessed on 5/4. Unadjusted Case Rate)
    • 2.2% Test Positivity (Assessed on 5/4)
    • 2.7% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 5/4)
    • 166 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (+3 patients, +1.8% from prior day)
    • 41 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-2 patients, -4.7% from prior day)
    • 207 ICU beds available (-7 from prior day)
  • San Diego County Media Briefing:
    • Vaccinations are going well
    • 63% of eligible San Diegans have at least one shot, 44% have 2nd shots (Dashboard now ncludes DOD and VA numbers. Will update those numbers every 2 weeks)
    • Vaccination supply has caught up with demand, allowing for appointments to be made a week out.
    • Shifting sites to extend hours at 3 sites
    • More pop-up drop-in vaccination centers. Identifying high visited areas with MTS, senior centers, faith-based orgs, Elks Lodge, American Council on Islamic Relations (to set up vaccinations after Ramadan concludes), more partnerships with employers
    • County has multiple rotating vaccination events; most open every 3 weeks. For full list, check here. Mobile vax sites can be found here.
    • 67.2% of South County residents are vaccinated. 
    •  Media Questions:
      • Can schools, public or private, make vaccinations mandatory? Dr. Wooten says it would be up to each individual district who would then have to vote on it, but as far as I've read, making vaccinations mandatory while still in EUA is a sticky situation and almost no entity has tried it. 
      • County is encouraged by number of 16-19 year olds getting vaccinated as they've only been eligible since April 15.
      • Daily testing numbers include countywide PCR tests. They do not count Antigen./Rapid Tests.
      • LA and SF were able to descend to yellow tier because they had more cases (so reinfection now is low), high vaccinations, and higher numbers of people getting tested with negative results which dramatically drops case rate. (This is why I think everyone, especially people with kids in sports or school should continue to get tested regularly, even if parents are vaccinated)
      • County now has more doses than demands for appointments
      • Only one B.1617 (Indian Variant of Interest) detected in San Diego 
  • County Data:
    • San Diego County Update - County News Center 
    • 226 New Cases/277,323 Total Cases 
    • 0 New Daily Deaths/3,716 Total Deaths
    • 3,445,425 Doses Received/3,071,489 Doses Administered
    • 1,692,336 Partially Vaccinated/1,194,000 Fully Vaccinated
    • 1% Daily Test Positivity/1.7% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/1.4% Test Positivity (14-day average)
    • 5.0 cases/100k population (Assessed on 5/4. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
    • 96.8% Case Investigation 
    • +2.6% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (137 patients. -16% over 30 days)
    • 31% ICU Capacity (35 patients. -33% over 30 days)
    • 51 Staffed ICU Beds Available
    • 1 New/18 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • Universities:

Fletch burns LA:

San Diego Zoo/Rose Garden Photos (Taken 5.6.21)

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