Just because you're loudest in the room, doesn't mean you're right. Tonight every local news jumped on the CDC's updated school guidance which says vaccinated staff and students may drop masks this fall, but CDPH is keeping the mandate. They showed these morons from a local organization who plan on filing a lawsuit to make California comply with CDC guidance. The problem with that notion, however, is that the state is exactly in line with the CDC, which allows for "localities to monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies." Masking is one of many "layered protection strategies." Right now, less than half of the 12-19 year olds in San Diego County have been vaccinated. As I tweeted earlier, "For every parent who wants masks off, there are parents like us who won't send our kids to school WITHOUT a mask requirement. If #letthembreathe don't like it, we should just mandate vaccines and vax passports."
Just because they're vocal and outspoken, doesn't make them right. Just like the assholes who stormed the Capitol during the insurrection, just like the former guy, just like the moneyed interests who are pushing for the California recall.
Which also got me freaked out today. Because it occurred to me that while every registered Californian will receive a ballot, those motivated to recall will vote, while some of those who think it's a nuisance will have to be reminded and urged to return the ballots to keep Gavin Newsom in office even though a large majority of Californians support him and the job he is doing. Our recall process is thoroughly outrageous. The NYT opinion by Ezra Klein, linked below, is worth the read.
I took my sweet ass time posting today because I had a million emails and they were all worth reading and there's a lot worth sharing. Notably, the County of San Diego held a press conference and reverted back to daily updates of cases and deaths because the numbers are increasing once again, which should come as no surprise after the June 15th reopening and 4th of July weekend. Expect those numbers to keep climbing in the next few days as case reporting and illness onset can lag holidays by a couple weeks. Earlier this week, our county's community transmission was considered low by CDC standards and now we're back to mild and the estimated R-effective or reproduction number, which once got down to .6, is now back over 1 at 1.11.
But yeah, lets give airtime to the bitches who think their little precious monsters shouldn't have to wear masks. They're the exact reason why I'll keep masking up and if and when boosters are recommended, I'll be right in line to do so.
In good/bad news, today I learned (by reading the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Journal, formerly Zoonooz,) earlier this year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature was able to separate species of African elephants between forest elephants and savannah elephants. This is good, because the general category of African elephant numbers were threatened, but now they get to be categorized as critically endangered and endangered, respectively, which is obviously bad, but it's also good because the more endangered, the more protections and stricter the penalties for poaching and whatnot. Sorry for posting so late. Now I'm gonna watch RHOBH and follow the Erika Jayne saga.
Stay safe out there.
- Efficacy of Portable Air Cleaners and Masking for Reducing Indoor Exposure to Simulated Exhaled SARS-CoV-2 Aerosols — United States, 2021 - CDC (MMWR 7.9.21)
- CDC Reinforces Shared Priority of Full In-Person Instruction, California to Issue Updated School Guidance - CDPH (7.9.21)
- In accordance with CDC guidance, California schools will be safely open for full in-person instruction by prioritizing continued masking and robust testing capacity, while not recommending physical distancing due to the barriers it would present to in-person instruction
- CDC: "When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking."
- CDC Updates Guidelines To Protect Kids From COVID In School. Plus: Vacation Tips - KPBS/NPR (7.9.21)
- Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools - CDC (Updated 7.9.21)
- Updated to emphasize the need for localities to monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies.
- Added language on the importance of offering in-person learning, regardless of whether all of the prevention strategies can be implemented at the school.
- CDC: School's In. Mask Up.— Agency stresses masking to protect those too young to be vaccinated - MedPage Today (7.9.21)
- COVID-19 subcommittee of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) reviews cases of mild myocarditis reported with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines - WHO (Updated 7.9.21)
- CDC, FDA say no to COVID-19 boosters for now - Becker's Hospital Review (7.9.21)
- 'Lesson for all': Delta variant tied to high ventilator demand, says Mercy CAO - Becker's Hospital Review (7.9.21)
"...running out of ventilators is not a management issue. It's about how rapidly the landscape changes under the delta variant. Sicker, younger, quicker."
- Here’s what you need to know about the lambda Covid variant - CNBC (7.9.21)
|Proportion of COVID-19-Associated Hospitalizations by Age Group (Source CDC)|
- White House:
- Remarks by President Biden Before Air Force One Departure
- Background Press Call By Senior Administration Officials On President Biden’s Call With President Putin of Russia
- Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy
- FACT SHEET: Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy
- Remarks by President Biden At Signing of An Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, July 9, 2021
- "The President does not discuss business dealings with family members. And otherwise, I’m not going to respond to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer."
- "Well, let me first say that the failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that. But I would say that what this is and what is — it is not — this is not federal employees going door to door...
... And it’s a disservice to the country and to the people who may lose their lives, who may lose family members to provide inaccurate disinformation at a moment when we’re still fighting a pandemic."
- Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials (7.8.21)
- Readout of President Biden’s Meeting With Leaders from Legacy Black Civil Rights Organizations (7.8.21)
- Remarks by President Biden on the Drawdown of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (7.8.21)
- CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2021 - CDPH (7.9.21)
- Housing Commission Valued Mission Valley Hotel as if the Pandemic Never Happened. The Housing Commission paid $67 million for a Mission Valley hotel based on an appraisal of the value of the hotel just one month before the pandemic massively disrupted the market value of hotels. - Voice of San Diego (7.8.21)
- Governor Newsom Signs Legislation 7.9.21
- Governor Newsom Takes Action to Increase Energy Capacity Amid Heat Wave and Disruption to Regional Transmission System Due to Oregon Wildfire
- Governor Newsom Holds Virtual Discussion with Leading Climate Scientists on State’s Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality
- Amid wildfire, drought and extreme heat exacerbated by climate change impacts, Governor Newsom meets with scientists and climate change experts
- Governor directs state agencies to examine how the state can accelerate progress toward climate targets
- Mayor Gloria Announces Parks Master Plan Update that Prioritizes Equity (7.8.21)
- FDA In Brief: FDA Issues Systems Recognition Draft Guidance (7.9.21)
- Other Reading:
- The Gavin Newsom Recall Is a Farce. Most Californians want no part of this nonsense. - The New York Times (7.8.21)
- "Californians will have to act as the populists intended. They may not want this recall, but the only way to kill it is to participate in it."
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU7.10.21 12:21pm):
- 186,071,243 Known Cases
- 4,019,255 Known Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
- 33,838,746 Cases
- 606,993 Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- +26,474 New Cases/33,631,656 Known Cases
- +293 New Deaths/604,251 Known Deaths
- 386,058,070 Doses Delivered
- 332,966,409 Doses Administered
- 183,542,871 Partially Vaccinated
- 158,629,431 Fully Vaccinated
- 47.8% of Total Population
- 55.9% of Population ≥ 12 Years of Age
- 58.6% of Population ≥ 18 Years of Age
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- Vaccination progress dashboard
- R-effective: 0.87
- 48,477,535 Doses Delivered/42,280,518 Doses Administered
- 3,186,612 Partially Vaccinated/20,417,009 Fully Vaccinated
- 2,411 New Cases/3,724,833 Total Cases (3.3 new cases/100k)
- 59 New Deaths/63,376 Total Deaths (0.02 new deaths/100k)
- 2.3% 7-day test positivity rate
- 1,623 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (+54 patients, +3.4% from prior day)
- 348 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (+14 patients, +4.2% from prior day)
- 2,247 ICU beds available (-64 from prior day)
- San Diego County
- Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
- Vaccination Dashboard
- San Diego County Of Education School Reopening Dashboard
- State Data:
- R-effective: 1.11
- 200 New Cases/283,577 Total Cases
- 2.3% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)
- 1 Deaths/3,783 Total Deaths
- 123 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (+15 patients, +13.9% from prior day)
- 24 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+2 patients, +9.1% from prior day)
- 243 ICU beds available (-12 from prior day)
- CDC San Diego County Data
- 1,395,799 Fully Vaccinated
- 41.8% of Total Population
- 48.7% of Population ≥ 12 Years of Age
- 50.1% of Population ≥ 18 Years of Age
- San Diego County Media Briefing
- Cases are rising
- 95% of new cases are in unvaccinated
- Vaccines are free, effective, available, safe
- Doctor gives chilling story of personal fight against COVID-19 (YouTube)
- County will align with CDPH
- People who got first shot need to get the whole series to be better protected from Delta variant
- #1 group for new cases is 20-29 year olds
- #2 group for new cases is teens
- Vaccination Demographics
- County Data:
- 242 New Cases/283,818 Total Cases
- 1 New Daily Deaths/3,784 Total Deaths
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