Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump.
An R Number over 1, along with small ticks upward in case numbers and positivity rates appear to signal an approaching surge. How high and how severe are still open to question. Though most epidemiologists are relatively optimistic, our favorite pessimist, Dr. Michael Osterholm says “If you wanted to put all the viral ingredients in one big mixing bowl to cause them to transmit in ways that would be very damaging to us, do what we’re doing right now.”
From the tweets of our favorite optimist, Dr. Monica Gandhi, more evidence that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work against variants. And the CDC concedes viral transmission after vaccination should be very rare.
We like to blame Trump for the mess the U.S. has made of controlling the virus, and we know that ever since the Reagan years, public health has been decimated. But let’s give some credit to the Bush-Obama Global War on Terrorism. The money for that fiasco had to come from somewhere.
Speaking of government waste, ever wonder why are there so few trash cans in SF? Shhh. Don’t tell the pro-recall people.
Meet Gregorio Castañeda, a street vendor who won’t let fear stop him.
While waiting for The Vaccination, scroll down for today’s Covid numbers.
Vaccinations are ramping up, but not fast enough, especially among those most vulnerable.
According to most recent data from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, last week SFGH had 5 Covid patients and 73 percent ICU occupancy. Across the Mission CPMC had 6 Covid patients and 76 percent ICU occupancy.
Between March 1 and March 26, Latinx residents had a 2.14 percent positivity rate, Pacific Islanders 1.99 percent, Blacks 1.17 percent, Multi-racials .83 percent, Whites .79 percent, Asians .69 percent and Native Americans 0.
Since last year, the Mission has suffered 47 Covid-related deaths, the most in the City. Other neighborhoods impacted are Excelsior with 42, Bayview Hunters Point 35, Sunset Parkside 32, Pacific Heights 28 and Tenderloin 25. Most neighborhoods in the City have experienced less than 10 deaths, while Mission Bay, Presidio and Seacliff have 0.