Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump.
New cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations remain flat and relatively low. And most models show the San Francisco R Number near or below one.
The virus has been running rampant in Canada, especially Ontario where another lockdown has been announced with added police enforcement. But do essential(ly screwed) workers get added sick days, time off for vaccination, increased protection mandates like N95 masks? No way.
Pfizer and Moderna are talking about a booster shot and a yearly vaccine. Are they following the science or the money?
Another new study showing the vaccines provoke T-cell responses against the variants of concern, but also other “variants” such as the common cold.
Has once and future School Superintendent Vincent Matthews vaccinated the Board of Education? Joe reports that the Board has agreed to Matthews’ insistence that they follow their own rules and focus on school reopenings. Follow their own rules? How draconian!
Meet Avi Ehrlich, who reports a high demand for comic books during the pandemic.
While waiting for The Vaccination, scroll down for today’s Covid numbers.
As noted above, the Ontario government will bring out the cops to force people off the streets, but can’t be bothered to provide protection, treatment or assistance to the essential(ly screwed) workers who are getting sick. As this piece from the British Medical Journal argues, testing programs which are not linked to assistance and protection programs drive both infections and disparities.
For the week ending April 13, the rate of weekly change in Covid positive patients fell 13 percent. During that week, the seven-day average availability of ICU beds was 36 percent and Acute Care availability was 24 percent. On April 13, DPH reports 93 ICU beds and 325 Acute Care beds available, but still refuses to report how many of those beds are actually staffed.
The latest data from the Federal Health and Human Services department shows SFGH, UCSF and Kaiser accounted for 25 of the 30 reported Covid patients in the City (with 9 hospitals reporting).