Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump.
Are we beginning to see a local variant surge? New case counts and positivity rates are inching up, though no new changes in the positivity rate. The new death toll figure does not signal anything new on the horizon.
Writing in The Atlantic, Zeynep Tufekci presents one of the more intelligent, and certainly more balanced, reports on what is now considered the fourth surge, and what we might expect.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, in his most recent podcast, presents a much darker view, based on data from Europe, and, echoing Yogi Berra, calls it “deja vu all over again”.
The Mission Food Hub took a moment to celebrate the birthday of Cesar Chavez and kick off a food drive to aid farmworkers in the Central Valley.
RIP Cameron Kim, who transformed his life through art.
While waiting for The Vaccination, scroll down for today’s Covid numbers.
Continuing recent trends, most new cases in San Francisco (35 percent) are coming from the White community. Latinx comprise about 25 percent, Asians 19.3 percent, Blacks 7.6 percent and Multi-racials 2.8 percent. DPH will provide complete figures for the month of March in a couple days.
According to most recent data from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, last week SFGH had 9 Covid patients and 84 percent ICU occupancy. Across the Mission CPMC had 3 Covid patients and 46 percent ICU occupancy.
Between January 26 and March 29, Mission residents tested 24,580 times for a testing rate of 412.7 (per 1000 residents) recording 525 positives for a positivity rate of 2.14 percent.
The B117 variant surge has yet to be picked up in Californnia, which has just reported another new record low positivity rate!
Remember, when discussing Covid-related death tolls, we are not talking “real time.” There is a substantial delay between when a death happens and when it is recorded, then an additional delay to when that death is reported. The 471 number was first recorded on March 15. So far in the month of March, 6 deaths have been recorded. According to DPH, those SF residents over 60 still make up 90 percent of the City’s Covid-related deaths.