Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump.
First the good news. There’s some evidence coming from Israel that shows the Pfizer vaccine (similar to Moderna), in addition to preventing serious illness and death, appears to be 89.4 percent effective in preventing infection and transmission.
As we’ve discovered with California’s Covid restrictions, Joe reports on the lack of enforcement at (where else?) DBI. And we’re still waiting for DPH to report workplace Covid outbreaks as mandated by state law AB 685.
Is this the calm before the storm? Dr. Michael Osterholm clearly thinks so. He also has some very worthwhile comments on the validity of double masking. If you are not familiar with his view of the variant hurricane on the horizon, it’s well worth checking out and is now available in transcript.
But MIT math whizkid Youyang Gu thinks there might be a flaw in that reasoning.
For those who want more than numbers, Naomi writes what it’s like to endure the pandemic in the adult residential facility at SFGH.
While waiting for The Vaccination, scroll down for today’s Covid numbers.
As of February 19, San Francisco’s Latinx residents have 625 positive tests this month. Asians have 504, Whites 457, Blacks 138, Multi-racials 37, Native American 5 and Pacific Islander 0 positive tests thus far in February.
Most recent Federal data shows that although SFGH remains the City hospital most impacted by Covid, things are improving with 14 Covid patients (down from 19), and 4 ICU beds available (up from 0).
For the first time since November 24, the Citywide average positivity rate has fallen below 2 percent.
Systemic inequality keeps Covid spreading. The disparities we’ve seen with respect to testing now show up in vaccinations on the local, national and international level. In San Francisco, where DPH, UCSF and community activists have set up vaccination sites in the hard hit southeast sector of the City, Asians have received 31.6 percent of the SF vaccinations, Whites 30 percent, Multi-racials 10.5 percent, Latinx 8.7 percent and Blacks 3.5 percent. .
Cumulative Covid Deaths in San Francisco
While we revise our Covid deaths graph, here’s the DPH chart taken from their website: https://data.sfgov.org/stories/s/dak2-gvuj.
San Francisco’s current Covid Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is 1.17. On December it was 1.03.