Tuesday, June 15, 2021

CoViD-19: California Lets The Tiers Fall | US Crosses 600,000 Deaths | Masks Drop | It Was Never About The Kids | Delta Variants Rise | Music Is Back | How To Travel |

Ficus at Fiesta Island Dog Beach (Taken 7.14.2020)

Several weeks ago when the CDC updated mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, a hospital or health system or health department put out a nifty little graphic and now it's driving me crazy because I was sure I saved it but for the life of me cannot find it. 
Basically it said at the top, "So you're fully vaccinated. Should you wear a mask?" and underneath it had different circumstances but the main one was "Do you have children ineligible for vaccines? YES, you should set an example as long as they must continue wearing masks, so should you." I wish I could find it because it was one of the few mentions I've even seen about kids in all this reading about vaccinations and reopenings and such. 

It goes to show it has never been about the kids... not the "open schools now" people, not the "let them breathe" people, and not the "but they need sports" people. If it was, it would have been an easy IFTTT situation...if we open, then everyone wears a mask... if we want fun things, then everyone has to follow the guidance...if we want schools open, then we have to be stricter in other sectors like dining and shopping. But we didn't, dragged the whole thing out 15 months, and kids are still gonna be wearing masks through at least the fall so we need to suck it up and be examples if we have children or are going to be around them. Do it for the kids.

As expected, today is a super busy news day, so I'll get a second post in tonight at some point, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share some of the messaging coming from our big attractions as things reopen. That Delta variant is also scary, but I'll get more on that later.  We're headed to the water. 

Stay safe out there. 

San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park:
Per guidance from the State of California and County of San Diego:
Fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear facial coverings while visiting.
Unvaccinated guests ages 2 and older are still required to wear a facial covering while inside any indoor space.

Important Note:
In accordance with California's current guidelines, the Event Organizer is requiring fans agree to the terms below prior to ticket purchases & event entry: By purchasing tickets for this event, I confirm that at the time of the event I will either have been fully vaccinated, received a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the event, or agree to wear a mask for the duration of the event. Please note this requirement will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the event.

Sea World (Reservation System will remain)
Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. The CDC recommends that people get fully vaccinated. Per the CDC, vaccines are safe and highly effective at protecting people from severe COVID-19. Getting fully vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you. The CDC still recommends prevention measures for unvaccinated people. For more information see www.cdc.gov. (Side Note: Fireworks begin 10 minutes before closing every night, June 11 – September 6.)

San Diego Padres:
Petco Park returns to full capacity on June 17. Tickets are available now for the remainder of the season. The health and safety of our guests and staff is our number one priority. All guests and staff are required to wear face coverings over your nose and mouth at all times except while actively eating or drinking in your seat. Make sure to review our full health & safety guidelines. 
  • COVID-19:
    • Governor Says Unvaccinated Must Still Wear Masks at California Workplaces - Times of San Diego (6.14.21)
    • Variants of Concern: Delta is more transmissible, more infectious, appears more serious. According to Dr. Robert Wachter, head of Dept of Medicine at UCSD (as seen on PBS newshour), with "wildtype" or original COVID-19, Pfizer and Moderna were about 80% effective after 1st dose, now with Delta variant, only 30-35% effective after 1st dose. Must be fully vaccinated to stave off this variant. Currently 6-10% of cases in US, it will become dominant in US within a month or two. 
    • California Roars Back: At Universal Studios Hollywood, Governor Newsom Ushers in State’s Full Reopening and Draws $15 Million in Vax for the Win Grand Prizes
      • California’s full reopening marks the end of social distancing, capacity restrictions, county tiers and masks in almost all settings
      • California was one of the only states in the country to achieve a week-over-week increase in the rate of vaccinations, most recently with a 22 percent increase in vaccinations
      • 10 vaccinated winners selected today will receive $1.5 million each, for a total of $15 million, in final Vax for the Win cash prize drawing; 30 prior winners won a total of $1,500,000 
  • News:
  • Other Reading:
  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 6.15.21 5:22pm):
    • 176,531,430 Known Cases
    • 3,818,455 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats 
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
    • JHU
      • 33,485,549 Cases
      • 600,263 Deaths
    • CDC Data Tracker:
      • +7,856 New Cases/33,303,285 Known Cases 
      • +219 New Deaths/597,594 Known Deaths
      • 374,865,165 Doses Delivered
      • 311,886,674 Doses Administered
      • 174,674,144 Partially Vaccinated
      • 145,768,367 Fully Vaccinated
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
    • Vaccination progress dashboard
    • R-effective: 0.79
    • Doses Delivered/Doses Administered
    • Partially Vaccinated/Fully Vaccinated
    • 628 New Cases/2,697,927 Total Cases (2.0 new cases/100k)
    • 10 New Deaths/62,515 Total Deaths (0.04 new deaths/100k)
    • 0.7% 7-day test positivity rate
    • 1,251 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (+60 patients, 5.0% from prior day)
    • 272 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (+10 patients, +3.8% from prior day)
    • 2,588 ICU beds available (+149 from prior day)
  • San Diego County Media Briefing:
    • Today is the last regularly scheduled media briefing
    • County will continue testing, monitoring, and vaccinations
    • Our tiers no longer matter, because 'no more tiers'
    • Cal/OSHA guidance expected to align in next 48 hours
    • Masks:
      • For vaccinated, not required in most settings EXCEPT public transit, K-12/childcare(indoors), Healthcare settings, Homeless shelters, Emergency Shelters, Cool Zones (May Include Libraries, Gymnasiums, Rec Centers), and WHEN THE BUSINESS REQUIRES THEM.
      • For unvaccinated: required in all indoor settings
    • Media Questions:
      • People should continue to carry masks; no doubt transit, health settings will still provide masks if needed
      • Dr Wooten is excited about where we are, but it doesn't mean that things are over. Must continue to vaccinate 12+, but county will be ready when vaccines expand to 6months-11 years old. County will continue to monitor this and all the communicable diseases that were continued to be monitored all along. 
      • County would be concerned if cases started to increase. Most recent days have been under 100 cases/day, but must keep going under 50. Johns Hopkins says under 17 or 0.5 cases/100k is considered manageable.
      • Dr. Wooten will continue to wear a mask because you don't know who is vaccinated and who isn't. Certain settings as detailed still require masks, and businesses may continue to require them if they wish. Additionally, WORKERS are still under Cal/OSHA guidance and required to wear masks while working. 
  • San Diego County 

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