Thursday, May 06, 2021

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I did something I had successfully avoided for years. I had to shop at Walmart. Or at least online. Apparently Kotex is discontinuing the tampons I use or there is a shortage because I couldn't find them anywhere else in person or online. So when I found them online at Walmart, I figured it was worth it to chuck my conscience out the window. We threw in cat food, too, which apparently is also seeing shortages. It took one day to arrive and had free shipping, but it still made me cringe. But to the larger point, online shopping has never been easier. It's hard because I'd like to support local businesses, but ordering from Costco and Old Navy and Hanes and Amazon has been a harsh necessity of this pandemic, and I don't know that I'll go back to general retail if I don't have to. 

I was feeling guilty last night after trying to not feel guilty about vaccines. I certainly don't think people should die for risky behaviors, especially if accurate and adequate information may not necessarily be provided to the populous, but I still go crazy about under the nose bros or people choosing to flout recommendations, guidance, and health orders. By some articles, I should chill that out, but how about we hit that 70% or even more of us vaccinated before we start uncorking the champers and declare victory, yeah?

We had a really good day today. My furlough may be coming to an end soon though I don't really mind collecting the Biden Bucks for as long as I need to. In my effort to get us out of the house at least once a day, we took Ficus to Fiesta Island where the slender sunflowers are blooming. Growing up I never thought it was okay to swim in the bay, but after a whole year of not swimming, it felt good to be in the water and soak up a little bit of sun while an endless parade of cute dogs passed us by. Then of course we had to get Tacos El Panson to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I'm still watching some of today's media briefings but the CDC has a new thing where you can text your zip code to GETVAX and it will send you three vaccination spots close to you. Pretty sweet. I tried it out but will really put it to test the second they announce approval for 12-15 year olds. Stay safe out there.


  • State Data:
    • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 34.4%
    • R-effective: 0.87
    • 186 New Cases/276,879 Total Cases
    • 1 Deaths/3,713 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)
    • 163 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (+1 patients, +0.6% from prior day)
    • 43 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (-2 patients, -4.4% from prior day)
    • 214 ICU beds available (-22 from prior day)
  • County Data:
    • San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 5-5-2021 - County News Center 
    • 219 New Cases/277,097 Total Cases 
    • 3 New Daily Deaths/3,716 Total Deaths
    • 3,208,265 Doses Received/2,880,940 Doses Administered
    • 1,522,037 Partially Vaccinated/1,114,278 Fully Vaccinated
    • 1% Daily Test Positivity/1.8% (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.) 
    • 96.9% Case Investigation 
    • 1.2% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (139 patients. -18% over 30 days)
    • 28% ICU Capacity (40 patients. -22% over 30 days)
    • 52 Staffed ICU Beds Available
    • 4 New/18 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • Universities:

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