Good morning, Mission, and welcome to Virus Village, your (somewhat common) Covid-19 data dump.
Covid Tracker will be released next time in a week, Wednesday, March 2nd.
Hospitalizations, positivity rates, and registered infections continue to slide downward, while R Number models suggest a rapidly declining virus spread.
Paul Farmer, one of the true practitioners of global health, died suddenly on Monday. A rare and inspiring person who put his life behind his words, his passing has spawned a wave of praise, many of them whose commitment to global health is profound.
The most recent global health disaster has been the failure of the COVAX project to vaccinate the world. This piece from Médecins Sans Frontières explains what went wrong.
“Public-private partnerships” (where private companies use public funds for profit) are not very new. They are now being promoted to further decimate local public health authorities.
Here is a particularly sinister example out of the UK.
20 years ago, a landmark report focused on systemic racism in health care. As the covid pandemic has shown very clearly, little has changed. In this article, STAT tries to figure out why (hint: it is systemic).
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has recognized racial inequalities in San Francisco’s vaccine deployment and plans to rectify.
While war clouds in Europe are pushing covid into the memory hole, there are million in this country alone, which is still in danger.
A new study in Nature Magazine found that a 3-dose efficacy of the Moderna vaccine against hospitalization with Delta OR Omicron was> 99% in the entire study population with none marked decline over time. You can read the survey hereor a summary here.
In addition to causing covid memory loss in politicians and public health officials, omicron also resulted in a wave of reinfections.
Scroll down for today’s covid numbers.
Pr. February 22 informs DPH 782,885 residents have been vaccinated, more than 89 percentage of all San Francisco residents have been given one dose and more 83 percent has received two. For residents aged 5 and over, DPH reports that the numbers are higher 90 percent and above 87 percent while for those 65 and older over 90 pct have received two doses. SFDPH states that per. February 22 was approx 468,243 SF farmers (65 percent of all residents, 83 percent of residents aged 65 and over) have received a COVID-19 booster dose.
For information on where to get vaccinated in and around the mission, visit our Vaccination site.
On 19 February, DPH reports that there were 125 covid admissions, or approx 14.3 covid admissions per 100,000 inhabitants (based on a population of 874,000). ICU patients have fallen to their lowest level since January 5th. Today, the California Department of Public Health reports 128 covid patients in SF hospitals and 27 ICU patients. Among its many data withholdings, DPH does not disclose how many of the admissions are “for” covid and how many “with” covid. That most recently from UCSF is 56 percent to, 44 percent with.
The latest report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services shows Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital with 27 covid patients and 5 ICU beds available while CPMC across the mission had 15 covid patients and 5 ICU beds available. Of 285 reported covid patients, 79 was on either SFGH or UCSF, with at least 64 ICU beds available among reporting hospitals (which do not include Veterans Administration). It reports California DPH at the moment 90 ICU beds available in San Francisco. Note: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a sharp report for persistent public health crisis at HHS. The errors mentioned include “data collection and analysis to inform decision making.”
Omicron revived SF’s “normal” pandemic pattern and hit the lower socio-economic sectors of the city hardest. Between December 20 and February 18, DPH occupied 4407 new infection among the mission’s residents el 750 new infections per 10,000 inhabitants. Bayview Hunters Point had the highest number of registered new infections (4634) at a rate of 1222 new infections per 10,000 inhabitants. Of 38 neighborhoods, 14 had prices above 700 per. 10,000 inhabitants, 13 in the eastern and southeastern part of the city. Seacliff had the lowest rate with 375 new infections per. 10,000 residents, and Lakeshore, the only neighborhood in the city with a vaccination rate below 50 percent, had the second-lowest rate with 436 new infections per capita. 10,000 inhabitants.
(Graph updated soon) DPH reports on February 15 that the 7-day average of daily new infections recorded in the city fell to 214 or approx 24.4 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants (based on a population of 874,000). According to DPH, the 7-day average infection rate was among vaccinated residents 22 per 100,000 “fully vaccinated” residents and 50.6 pr. 100,000 unvaccinated residents. It is unclear whether “fully vaccinated” means 2 or 3 doses. For those who demand more figures from the New York Times, it reports that per. February 22 was the average number of new infections per. day 161.
Pr. February 16, DPH reports that Asians had 1,272 newly registered infections in February or 28.5 percent of the month’s total so far; Whites had 1,041 el 23.3 pct; Latinxs had 736 or 16.5 percent; Blacks had 271 or 6.1 percent; Multi-racial had 62 or 1.4 percent; Pacific Islanders had 31 or 7 percent; and Native Americans had 8 recently registered infections or 2 percent of February total so far.
Pr. On 16 February, DPH reports that so far in February, San Francisco’s Latin residents have had a positive effect on 7.7 percent, ; Multi-racers 7.7 percent; Sort of 7.4 percent; asians 6.5 percent; Indian 6.2 percent; Pacific Islanders 6.1 percent; and white San Franciscans have had a positivity rate in February so far 4.9 percent.
(Graph updated soon) Ten new covid-related deaths have been reported in January and February, bringing the total number of covid-related deaths since the beginning of the year to 78. Probably most are related to omicron. DPH will not disclose how many were waxed and how many unvaxed. Nor does it provide information on race / ethnicity or socioeconomic status of those who have recently died. Note: According to DPH, the highest number of monthly SF covid-related deaths was 165, recorded in January 2021. According to DPH “COVID-19 deaths were suspected to be associated with COVID-19. This means that COVID-19 is listed as the cause of death or significant condition of the death certificate. ” Using a phrase like “suspected of being associated with”Indicates the difficulty of determining a covid death. The ambiguity increases when it is currently unknown whether or not 35.6 percent of the deaths had one or more underlying conditions. As of February 18, DPH continues to report only 21 of the 772 deaths are not known to have had any underlying conditions or sequelae.
R-number models suggest a rapidly declining virus locally. Covid R-estimatewhich corrects recent errors in its system, estimates that on February 9, the San Francisco R number was at a very low level .40. On February 21, it estimates the California R number to .47. That ensembleFebruary 21 lowered its average San Francisco R-number to .61 and raised his average California R-number slightly .60.
Pr. On 16 February, DPH reports San Franciscans aged 0-4 years had 192 newly registered infections or 4.3 percent of February total so far; 5-11 had 300 el 6.7 pct12-17 had 184 el 4.1 percent18-20 had 110 el 2.5 percent21-24 had 276 el 6.2 percent25-29 had 501 el 11.2 percent30-39 had 979 el 22 percent40-49 had 605 el 13.6 percent50-59 had 507 el 11.4 percent60-69 had 424 el 9.5 percent70-79 had 207 el 4.6 percentand the San Franciscans 80+ had 170 recently registered infections or 3.8 percent of February total so far.