Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump.
The CDC this morning gave a thumbs up to travel for those fully vaccinated. And the agency also walked back comments from its director indicating those fully vaccinated never become infected or transmit the virus. Although the available evidence shows the likelihood that infection and transmission by the vaccinated is very low, Ms. Walensky’s mother should have taught her never to say “never.”
It will be some time before most people get vaccinated. In the meantime, over-the-counter rapid antigen tests are beginning to roll out. We will probably be seeing a lot of use soon.
Things are never really that rosy in Covid land as we are seeing new cases beginning to rise in SF and Santa Clara warns we are on the precipice of the 4th surge.
Blue Shield has begun its take-over California’s vaccine distribution system by fixing what isn’t broken.
On a lighter note, for those of us into dark humor, Joe takes a deeper dive into Allison Collins’ lawsuit agains the Board of Edcuation.
Restaurants and small businesses have been getting bail-out loans and grants by governments at all levels, but as Kate reports, it’s not enough.
And in a testimony to neighborly communication and cooperation, the Virgin Guadalupe mural on Lilac Alley is coming down, but it will rise again.
While waiting for The Vaccination, scroll down for today’s Covid numbers.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Native Hawaiin and Pacific Islanders have a case rate of 1511 cases per 10,000 residents, Latinx have 1086, Native Americans 712, Blacks 465, Whites 218, Asians 215 and Multi-racials have a rate of 172 cases per 10,000 residents .
According to most recent data from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, of 44 reported Covid patients, SFGH, UCSF and Kaiser had 32.
Despite the rise in new cases, the Citywide average positivity rate remains below 1 percent. Testing has fallen off in part due to vaccination. The average number of tests performed is approximately where it was in late October.
Based on 474 Covid-related deaths and 35,170 cases, the current Case Fatality Rate (CFR) in SF is 1.35 percent, while the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) based on “true infections” is approximately between .34 percent and .45 percent.