Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump.
Clara-Sophia joins Guillermo Vasquez bringing food from his farm on Treasure Island to a Mission food bank.
Farewell to Q.R. Hand, Mission poet and healthcare worker. RIP.
Wait. Did someone say burgers?
Scroll down for today’s Covid numbers.
Working the most vulnerable jobs and living in the most crowded spaces, the situation for the City’s Latinx population remains dire. Through January 16, Latinx residents have a case rate of 934 per 10,000 residents. In comparison, Pacific Islanders have 728, Native Americans 624, Blacks 361, Multi-racial 180, Whites 171 and Asian 163 per 10,000 residents.
Today’s numbers include 2 ICU and 2 Acute Care transfers. For the week ending January 17, the weekly change in Covid positive patients again dropped 1 percent. During that week, the seven-day average availability of ICU beds was 24 percent and for Acute Care beds 23 percent. On January 17, DPH reports Covid patients (confirmed and suspected) accounted for 21 percent of the ICU population and 12 percent of those in Acute Care.
Positivity rates from the 24th Street BART testing station are substantially higher than the Citywide average. As of yesterday, 4553 tests were collected with a 9.77 percent positivity rate. Latinx accounted for 3329 of those tests, with a positivity rate of 11.02 percent. Non-Latinx tests had a positivity rate of 6.37 percent, almost 2 percentage points higher than the Citywide average.
The statewide positivity rate continues to fall. Slowly.
In the recent surge, new cases among Whites have notably risen in proportion to other population groups, as did Asians to a lesser extent.
The proportion of Covid deaths in which it is “unknown” whether or not there was one or more underlying condition has grown to 26 percent. Given that deaths are generally reported (after at least a week) by medial providers and the medical examiner, this is a head scratching figure which keeps increasing. It could be that the “unknown” deaths are those without health insurance or a health plan. Of the 262 deaths, 187 had one or more underlying condition, and 7 had none.