Wednesday, May 26, 2021

CoViD-19: Unvaxxed Face Same Dangers As Always | Mass Shooting In San Jose; Echoes of Enough Is Enough While Nothing Continues To Get Done | Photos: San Diego Zoo |

Tapir Calf Loves Demonstrating Their Independence (Taken 5.26.21)

It's no secret that I love the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and San Diego Zoo, but they're not above criticism. (I'm still not happy about their drastic annual passholder increases.) Today we went to the Zoo and as with the Safari Park, there is no longer the health screening questions asked by a person, just a couple signs indicating you shouldn't enter if you've been exposed or had symptoms of COVID-19. That part is fine. Whatever. But we couldn't help but notice that all of the face covering signs are now gone throughout the Zoo. 

This is the updated mask policy

San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park continue to follow the State of California guidance. Guests who are outdoors and fully vaccinated may remove facial coverings when they are more than 6 feet from employees and other visitors. Guests ages 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a facial covering at all times except when actively eating or drinking.

Look, even if outdoor transmission is nearly impossible, the State Health Order and the County Health Order are still in effect: masks are required indoors and in outdoor crowds, regardless of vaccination status. This weekend is Memorial Day. Unlike the Safari Park yesterday which was nearly empty, today...a Wednesday before the holiday... was packed, and not with individuals, couples or small families, but with groups of multigenerational families, playdates, strollers, wheelchairs, spanning across walkways, hard to navigate around, moms tending to screaming kids who want more goldfish and more milk, everyone eating or drinking and yelling and laughing. And the screaming! So many kids screaming. 

I know, I know. I hate fun. 

I'm a funkiller. 

But that's why it's especially frustrating to see so many people maskless. They were all with kids who are not yet eligible for vaccines. There were a ton of tourists and while many may be regional, we can safely presume that plenty of these people flew into San Diego, unvaxxed, without quarantining, and now they're running around town in crowded spaces and it all makes my head explode. I know things are looking up but it isn't over. We can't just go back to normal, and be expected to trust fellow humans to do the right thing when they never have before. I mean, I barely ride my bike anymore because we've seen how much worse drivers are now than ever before. Has anyone made a master cut of all the maskholes berating service industry people throughout the pandemic, how many fights have broken out, how many airline passengers removed? And now we're back with road rage, mass shootings, more ammosexuals than ever. Our culture is absolutely bonkers. Seems like requiring masks for two and a half more weeks should've been an easy and obvious thing while we get closer to vaccination goals in that time. I still have a million emails to read, but maybe I'll do another post later. 

Stay safe out there. 


  • State Data:
    • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 34.6%
    • R-effective: 0.66
    • 71 New Cases/279,786 Total Cases
    • 4 Deaths/3,753 Total Deaths
    • 3.2 cases/100k population (Assessed on 5/25. Unadjusted Case Rate)
    • 1.5% Test Positivity (Assessed on 5/25)
    • 1.8% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 5/25)
    • 128 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (+1 patients, +0.8% from prior day)
    • 41 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+3 patients, +7.9% from prior day)
    • 241 ICU beds available (-15 from prior day)
  • County Data:
    • San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 5-26-2021 - County News Center 
    • 73 New Cases/279,858 Total Cases 
    • 2 New Daily Deaths/3,755 Total Deaths
    • 4,064,585 Doses Received/3,570,323 Doses Administered
    • 1,911,446 Partially Vaccinated/1,484,029 Fully Vaccinated
    • 0.6% Daily Test Positivity/1.3% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/1.0% Test Positivity (14-day average)
    • 2.4 cases/100k population (Assessed on 5/25. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
    • 99.6% Case Investigation 
    • -10.3% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (91 patients. -37% over 30 days)
    • 36% ICU Capacity (34 patients. -19% over 30 days)
    • 45 Staffed ICU Beds Available
    • 1 New/9 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • Universities:
San Diego Zoo (5.26.21)

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