Wednesday, June 09, 2021

CoViD-19: San Diego Approaches Goal Of Partially Vaccinated | San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Announces Relaxed Regulations Beyond June 15 | Biden Does Europe | Keystone XL Is Dead |

A Hummingbird in the Wild at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 6.9.21)

We spent the afternoon at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, partially because I wanted to get it in before restrictions drop next week, but also because our forecasters are saying we'll have record heat next week and that's not exactly a good time to head up to Valley Center. It's always fun to see which animals are active on any given day, so I got the Okapi to come over, got the Turaco to sing, got the Bighorn Sheep to come by the fence to say hi, and rhinos Holly and Mwezi hung around for a long time as we closed the day. 

I am kinda in this weird in-between, where my volume of music-related email is back to pre-pandemic levels on top of the COVID-related stuff and news briefings I get daily, so I'm gonna have to trim the offerings here a little bit. I caught up with some of yesterday's COVID update that was presented to the County Board of Supervisors, and on top of a detailed explanation of why San Diego County and the State of California will likely stay in a State of Emergency through the end of the year (detailed below and not as bad as it sounds) they also went through some info on variants, vaccinations, and that they're going to stop daily updates! So I guess I'll transition as they do. Not sure if the State will keep with daily data or not, but I'll just follow their leads. 

On our way home from the Safari Park, I got an email about the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance plans for what happens after June 15 as I was anticipating all week, and so it's kinda what you would expect-- trams and busses coming back, no health screenings or reservations, masks are merely recommended for unvaccinated, though I'll keep mine around in consideration of how many children and tourists will be swarming San Diego as a summer destination. I would imagine the same will be forthcoming from Sea World, Aquatica, and other hot spots. 

In good news, the Keystone XL is officially dead, Biden is in Europe on a "please like us again" tour, and San Diego is doing really well with vaccinations, though I wish our young influencers were doing a better job influencing the young. The Delta Variant (India) is however, causing real problems in other places, particularly the UK, so this whole thing isn't over. But I'm not gonna dive too much deeper into news because I have a night in the speakeasy calling my name. But if you need comedy/tragedy, you should watch some of the speakers from yesterday's County Supervisors Board Meeting.  

Stay safe out there. 

  • COVID-19:
  • White House: 
  • News:
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Updated For June 15th:
    • Your favorite experiences and adventures will soon be back at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park! We are absolutely thrilled to announce that beginning on June 15, and in accordance with state and local guidelines, we will be lifting most COVID-19 restrictions:
    • Date-specific reservations are no longer needed! If you already have a reservation, it will still be honored and there is nothing further you need to do.
    • Health screenings prior to guest entry will no longer be required, which will free up parking space and reduce wait times. Proof of vaccination will not be required upon entry.
    • Facial coverings will no longer be required on grounds. Those who are not fully vaccinated are recommended by the CDC to wear facial coverings.
    • Special experience tours will no longer be limited to household groups, allowing for individual pricing and greater availability.
    • The Tram is Back: At the Safari Park, the Africa Tram is also returning and will be fully operational!
    • Bus Tours Return: We are delighted that the Guided Bus Tour and Kangaroo Bus are reopening at the Zoo.
  • Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 6.9.21 9:23pm):
    • 174,327,080 Known Cases
    • 3,755,614 Known Deaths
  • US COVID-19 Stats 
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
    • JHU
      • 33,414,025 Cases
      • 598,764 Deaths
    • CDC Data Tracker:
      • +13,429 New Cases/33,224,075 Known Cases 
      • +287 New Deaths/595,625 Known Deaths
      • 372,495,525 Doses Delivered
      • 304,753,476 Doses Administered
      • 172,054,276 Partially Vaccinated
      • 140,980,110 Fully Vaccinated
  • California COVID-19 Stats:
    • State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
    • Vaccination progress dashboard
    • R-effective: 0.72
    • 46,958,420 Doses Delivered/38,862,508 Doses Administered
    • 3,972,969 Partially Vaccinated/Fully Vaccinated
    • 846 New Cases/3,692,506 Total Cases (1.7 new cases/100k)
    • 20 New Deaths/62,499 Total Deaths (0.04 new deaths/100k)
    • 0.7% 7-day test positivity rate
    • 1,304 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (+26 patients, +2.0% from prior day)
    • 270 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (+5 patients, +1.9% from prior day)
    • 2,390 ICU beds available (-134 from prior day)
  • San Diego County Supervisor's Meeting COVID-19 Update and Media Briefing Notes (From 6.8.2021)
    • 5/24-6/6 Cases Reported were <100 all except 4 days
    • 54.4% of all cases are between the ages of 20 and 49 years
    • Deaths have been from 10-106 years old, 77 median. 112 deaths/100k.
    • Outbreaks are way down, finally under trigger. 
    • On June 15th, there will be no capacity limits, no distancing expectations. People will be expected to follow CDPH and CDC recommendations.
    • Mega event negative test or vaccination proof may be required through Oct 1, with evaluation on September 1 to see if that will need to be further extended.
    • Variants of Concern (of those sequenced)
      • B117 UK - 1,895 Cases/29 Hospitalizations/2 Deaths/Median Age 31
      • B1427 CA - 472 Cases/5 Hospitalizations/1 Deaths/Median Age 33
      • B1429 CA - 828 Cases/12 Hospitalizations/3 Deaths/Median Age 33
      • P1 Brazil - 278 Cases/0 Hospitalizations/0 Deaths/Median Age 28
    • Five Variants of Interest have also been identified in San Diego but data isn't kept on VoI, only VoC 
    • Postvaccination Infections: 458 Cases/1,677,291 Fully Vaccinated (0.03%)
      • 4 hospitalized, 1 died (with many other underlying conditions)
    • California and San Diego County State of Emergency declarations will continue through (at least) the end of 2021. Allows County to draw down State and Federal Resources. Liability protections extend. Allows circumvention of procurement regulations. This is standard practice but is being exploited for political reasons. County will stay aligned with the State. 
      • Ensures flexibility to issue order/regulations to protect life and property
      • Ability to waive certain local ordinances/regulations/or licensing requirements
      • Ability to waive certain procurement rules
      • Funding mechanism for State/Federal reimburseent for eligible costs
      • Liability insurance under the State for Disaster Service Workers
      • Utilization of Mutual Aid
      • Health professionals and other stakeholders have all the necessary tools at their disposal
      • Successful recovery and rebuild efforts
    • Petco Park Mobile Vaccination Events June 12 and June 26. First 1k people get a t-shirt and everyone gets entered into drawings for Padres Tickets
    • Over 100 Mobile Sites + Almost 300 Other Vaccine Sites through June, in July will shift to just pharmacies, county health centers, and direct through providers
    • We're still in a pandemic, would have to get through two incubation periods with no new cases to consider it over. 
    • If you're not vaccinated you should keep wearing a mask. 
    • Rental Assistance: $107M available, $119 requested. So far only $12.8M has gone to 3,600 households, but with new approval for 100% rent (instead of 80%) more will go out. Will be $18M by end of week. Not all applications will be valid. Applications are still open as County expects money to be available. 
    • Incident Command Update:
      • Remains at Level 2 Activation
      • Sustain equitable long-term pandemic-related response and recovery activities
      • Shift County briefings from weekly to "as required"
      • Shift COVID-19 public report to weekly
      • Provide a monthly update to Board
  • San Diego County 

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