Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump.
Although the virus seems to be relatively stable these days in SF, around the country there are many contradictory signs and mixed messages. You think you’re confused? Check out the latest thread from UCSF’s Dr. Bob Wachter.
The virologist who “wrote the book” thinks concern over the threat posed by the variants to those who are vaccinated is over the top. Like UCSF’s Dr. Monica Gandhi, he puts a lot of hope, and trust in our T cells.
The Latino Task Force has opened up an essential services hub to help connect people to the resources they need.
Meet Ramiro Gutierrez Ortiz, paletero (ice-cream seller). It’s not as safe a job as you might think.
While waiting for The Vaccination, scroll down for today’s Covid numbers.
In March, Whites had the highest number and the highest percentage of the month’s new cases. However case rates tell a different story. Based on the group’s population, Pacific Islanders had a case rate of 59, Latinx 20, Blacks 18, Whites 11, Multi-racials 8, Asians 7.4 and Native Americans 7.3. In March, the Citywide case rate was 12.4 .
According to most recent data from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, ovr the past week, SFGH reported 8 Covid patients and an ICU occupancy of 83 percent, while across the Mission, CPMC reported 2 Covid patients and an ICU occupancy of 51 percent.
Although testng numbers have dropped significantly since January, the City has maintained a relatvely high average number of tests administered. In March, Pacific Islanders had a rate of 555 tests per 1000 residents while Native Americans had a rate of 338, Blacks 199, Whites 167, Asians 131, Latinx 111, and Multi-racials 108 tests per 1000 residents. The Citywide rate was 147 per 1000 residents.
One number is blessedly not confusing. On April 4, the U.S. recorded 222 deaths, the fewest since March 23, 2020.