Santa Clara County Optimistic Outdoor Mask Mandate Will Be Lifted March 2

Santa Clara County, the last remaining county in the state with an indoor masking mandate for vaccinated individuals, took one step closer to lifting the order today, but stopped short of announcing it definitely will occur.

“Our COVID-19 hospitalizations are low and stable, and today we have met the new-case metric as well. These data are very encouraging, and I anticipate that our steady downward trend in cases will continue,” Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said today.

One more week and the masks might come off. “We are on track,” Cody said at a midday press conference.

“ If this continues, we will be able to safely transition from a requirement for indoor masking to a strong recommendation on March 2” to lift the mandate.

Cody defended “sticking to our metrics,” as the safest course in the face of declining numbers of Covid-19 in the county.

She said she is confident that her approach has helped to ensure that “everyone in our community is protected –the elderly, young children, essential workers, and those who are immunocompromised – as our community transmission settles down.”

Cody said state indoor masking requirements would still apply for unvaccinated individuals and in schools and other settings regardless of vaccination status.

Also today, San José Mayor Sam Liccardo announced a proposal to change the booster mandate for public entry on all city-owned facilities, including the SAP Center, Convention Center, and historic theaters, in response to the recent decline of Omicron variant COVID-19 cases.

Liccardo proposed an end to the current booster mandate for the public entering city-owned facilities, while continuing existing testing requirements in compliance with state law.

“The booster mandate served its purpose during the Omicron surge, by encouraging attendees and visitors in public buildings to protect themselves and each other during the period when our ICU’s faced the greatest stress of rising hospitalizations,” he said in a statement. “ While this surge has run its course, we must remain vigilant about the next one.”

The county Public Health Department announced today that the seven-day rolling average for new Covid-19 cases was 501, the first day at 550 cases or lower since updated criteria for modifying the county’s universal indoor masking mandate were announced.

Cody said that if the seven-day rolling average of new daily cases remains at or below 550 for 7 consecutive days, the indoor masking requirement would no longer be mandatory beginning March 2.

State health officials will keep in place universal indoor masking regardless of vaccination status in many settings, including all K-12 schools, childcare facilities, public transit, healthcare facilities, shelters, jails, and long-term care facilities.

California's Covid-19 mask requirements.

As previously announced, the three metrics that need to be met to transition the county’s universal indoor masking requirement to a recommendation are:

  • At least 80% of the County population is vaccinated;
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in the jurisdiction are low and stable in the judgment of the Public Health Officer; and,
  • The 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases is 550 or lower for at least 7 consecutive days.

The county previously met the requirement of at least 80% of the entire population being vaccinated. Cody also confirmed the metric for Covid-19 hospitalizations in the jurisdiction has been met.

 

35 Comments

  1. Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Adults can decide when & where they want to mask up –
    the real issue is Freeing the Children from harmful & ineffective school mask mandates,
    imposed by Gov Newsom and Teacher Unions…
    ….
    The Rational Facts are that in CA Hospitals (as of Feb 24th):

    ICU Bed Utilization for Covid is………… 15% (Downward Trend Continues)
    Inpatient Bed Utilization for Covid is……. 9% (Downward Trend Continues)
    ICU Bed Utilization (all causes) is………. 75% (STABLE)
    Percent Inpatients with Covid is…………. 11% (Downward Trend Continues)

    Testing Case Counts remain meaningless…

    —— 3 COVID-19 forecasts to know this week (21Feb2022, MBean) —–
    ..
    After weeks of projecting rising or stable COVID-19 deaths,
    the CDC said it expects deaths to fall through early March.

    The forecast projects 6,300 to 13,200 new deaths likely reported in the week ending March 12,
    and is DOWN from 5,800 to 21,700 new deaths expected in the week ending March 5.

    The CDC said its ensemble forecasts are among the most reliable for COVID-19 modeling…

    Two more forecasts to know:

    1. Daily COVID-19 Hospital Admissions are projected to FALL nationwide over the next 4 weeks,
    with 900 to 11,600 new admissions likely reported March 11,
    according to the CDC’s ensemble forecast from 14 modeling groups.

    For reference,
    the 7-day hospitalization average for Feb. 9-15 was 8,642, a 28.8% DECREASE
    from the previous week’s average.

    2. The nation’s Daily COVID-19 Case Rate is expected to FALL 45% over the next 2 weeks,
    according to predictive modeling from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.

    As of Feb. 19, the nation’s average Daily COVID-19 Case Rate was 34.6 per 100,000 people.
    Mayo Clinic’s modeling predicts this rate WILL FALL to 18.9 per 100,000 by March 5.
    ——————————————
    ..
    The Real Issue is Freeing the Children from Ineffective and Harmful Masking in Schools.

  2. CA PAtriot.

    Here you go again repating information omitting one most important pat:

    “The CDC said its ensemble forecasts are among the most reliable for COVID-19 modeling, but they cannot predict rapid changes in cases, hospitalizations or deaths. Therefore, they should not be relied on “for making decisions about the possibility or timing of rapid changes in trends,” the agency said.”

    Unfortuantely we are still at risk of a major increase of more cases based on the trrneds seen in the UK. regarding BA.2 THey are now at 20% of all new cases being BA.2 and it is increasing.

    Also we still are not provided with up to date trens in the US. the only solid info is that week ending Jan 30 we had 1.2% and the following week ending Feb 5 was 3.6%

    The current hospitilizations data in SCC are this:

    Here is a new update from Feb11, 2022 regarding regional hospital resources (https://data.thecalifornian.com/covid-19-hospital-capacity/california/06/santa-clara-county/06085/)

    Kaiser Foundation Hospital Santa Clara Inpatient Beds Used 283 out of 311, meaning 88% occupied, meaning 12% available, ICU Beds Used 53 out of54 meaning 98% Occupied, 2% available.

    Santa Clara Valley Medical Center San Jose Clara Inpatient Beds Used 479 out of 636, meaning 74% occupied, meaning 26% available, ICU Beds Used 91 out of 95 meaning 96% Occupied, 4% available.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose Clara Inpatient Beds Used 194 out of 207, meaning 94% occupied, meaning 6% available, ICU Beds Used 36 out of 42 meaning 90% Occupied, 10% available

    Kaiser Foundation Hospital San Jose Inpatient Beds Used 147 out of 171, meaning 94% occupied, meaning 6% available, ICU Beds Used 15 out of 16 meaning 94% Occupied, 6% available

    Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital At Stanford Inpatient Beds Used 297 out of 345, meaning 86% occupied, meaning 14% available, ICU Beds Used 112 out of 132 meaning 85% Occupied, 15% available

    El Camino Hospital Inpatient Beds Used 275 out of 410, meaning 67% occupied, meaning 33% available, ICU Beds Used 39 out of 55 meaning 85% Occupied, 15% available

    Good Samaritan Hospital Inpatient Beds Used 216 out of 405, meaning 53% occupied, meaning 47% available, ICU Beds Used 47 out of 88 meaning 53% Occupied, 47% available

    Stanford Health Care Inpatient Beds Used 691 out of 691, meaning 100% occupied, meaning 0% available, ICU Beds Used 110 out of 111 meaning 99% Occupied, 1% available.

    Now I cannot explain why the differences between the Good Samaritan Hospital and El Camino Hospitals and the rest. This does seem bizarre. But one situation may be that severe Covid cases are moved out of these hospitals because they do not have sufficient treatment resources. I would think someone should interview them.

    But if you take the averages of all of them we have 19% Inpatient free capacity and 14% ICU free capacity. BUT I suspect the numbers from the outliers are artifact thus must not be counted, thus if we remove those two from the list we have only 12% free Inpatient Beds and only 5% free ICU beds

    The Medical stress is still HERE!!!

    And if the the week ending Feb 11 uncovers a 8% of all cases being BA.2, then we are already in big trouble, because that indicates cases doubling every week. And many doctors are very concerned about that.

    Many are already saying dropping infection control measures are a BAD idea!!!

  3. The Dems are running from mandates faster then they ran from de-fund the police 😂.

    It is truly amazing what a pending election can accomplish. 😱🤔. Whatever you do, do not buy into the💩 that they have changed. They will only change long enough to get reelected.

  4. How about Cody instead be terminated today. She has still yet to produce data from a single controlled study proving why we should have been masked or locked down in the first place. We should also be saying goodbye to all the incompetents on the board of supervisors. Think about this next time you have a chance to vote. Masks and lockdowns come back next flu season and every flu season from here on out unless we demand data and we hold those accountable when they fail to provide it. Without question, the masking rules and lockdowns should have ended the day that the national guard emergency hospital tents at the county fairgrounds were shutdown because we knew we had plentiful hospital space. Not 7 days after that but on that very day 2+ years ago we should have completely reopened and rejected all of the stupidity about masking in Walmart but not in restaurants and bars or when dancing but you have to wear them while singing in church. Our lives and businesses were needlessly and permanently harmed. Our children lost years of proper education and quacks like Cody hurt children so much that the CDC had to come out with new guidelines with delayed timelines for when children will develop speech. Shame on Cody and all the others who have done this to a generation of children. Shame on all of us voters for allowing it. Hopefully, someday our children will be able to forgive us as they look back on being forced to eat outside in the sun at school coming home sun burned. Eating outside in the cold yet they can stay warm inside with all their same friends for class. Shame on all of us.

  5. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    SCC NEW UPDATE: As of today February 23,2022 we had 15,577 new cases Month To Date in comparison to October 2021 which had a MTD total of 3,232, we are still at 7.5 times that of when we were supposedly safe.

    With regards to totals February 22, 2022 we have had 15,577 and the total cases in October, 2021 was 4,437, which means we are at 4.2 Times the cases as was the WHOLE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2021. That month has 31 days not 28.

    I have noticed that the decline is bottoming out in the last few days, as I predicted, and we are still running significantly higher than in October. The facts are the trend is starting to change, NPR just did a report indicating that if the pattern is confirmed that it accounted for 3.9% of cases for the week ending Feb. 6, if it is detected to increase to about 8% the next week, we know we are in BIG trouble. In the UK and Denmark it is already 20% of new cases, that is not a good sign. You should check out this report (https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/23/health/covid-ba2-omicron-studies-explainer/index.html)

    One NEW measure I am including is the positivity rate MTD, with regards to February11, 2022 we currently have an MTD average of 4.0% where in October 2021 we had an average for that month of 1.1% . Which means we in Feb 2022 are still also 3.5 TIMES the positivity rate of the average of the entire month of October 2021. There is one issue though, in the last week we have only got tests numbering 74,853, and since the total tests for the month are 450,800, that means we have only had about 16% of the tests. That seems to be a serious drop-off without explanation given that SCC still indicates it has 269 patients when in October we had only 100 average, that is 2.6 Times October, and only 35 ICU bed out of 590 which is as much as 25% less than October 2021, that means we only have 6% ICU availability. Something is not being reported thus this data is possibly questionable.

    The MTD average cases in Feb are 707, where in the entire month of October it was 140. What I have noticed is a good downward trend, but not nearly as safe as we were in October 2021. And that it appears to be going down slower now. Likely to go back up.

    Please understand we are not driving the COVID train, IT IS!!!

  6. Joe smith,

    Too many people are relying on bad “working papers” to dismiss that lockdowns WERE the best method to SAVE LIVES and PREVENT DISABILITY. You should listen to this (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2022/02/18/fact-check-working-paper-isnt-proof-lockdown-dont-work-experts-say/6749032001/):

    “The claim: A ‘Johns Hopkins study’ found lockdowns were not effective in preventing COVID-19 deaths

    Those opposed to pandemic restrictions are promoting a working paper from economists as evidence that COVID-19 lockdowns were not effective in preventing deaths, a narrative that has been popular since the early days of the pandemic.

    “According to Johns Hopkins, the lockdowns didn’t help at all,” reads a Feb. 2 Facebook post from filmmaker Ami Horowitz. “Not shocking.”

    The post accumulated more than 1,700 interactions in a week. Similar versions of the claim made their way to Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.

    Users who shared the posts described the report as a “Johns Hopkins study,” referencing the university known for its medical research and COVID-19 data.

    But this paper is not nearly as authoritative as many discussing it purport, as it was not peer-reviewed and doesn’t represent an expert consensus on the subject of lockdowns.

    Many public health experts have criticized the methodology and conclusions of the paper, which was conducted by economists rather than researchers with more extensive training in the complex dynamics at play in a pandemic. Other peer-reviewed papers have concluded lockdowns are an effective pandemic countermeasure.

    It’s also inaccurate to attribute the report to Johns Hopkins, which did not endorse the paper.

    USA TODAY reached out to the social media users who shared the post for comment.

    Paper not peer-reviewed or endorsed by Johns Hopkins

    The report being cited online is a working paper authored by economists – not public health experts or epidemiologists, many of whom have criticized the paper’s conclusion.

    “The paper underscores the need for peer review, which hopefully filters out the fluff from the methodologically sound science,” Mark Lurie, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University, said via email. “Not only is the paper itself not peer-reviewed, but it is itself a review of other papers, many of which were not peer-reviewed.”

    The paper, titled, “A Literature Review and Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Lockdowns on COVID-19 Mortality, was published in January. It appears on the website for the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins.

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    THE PAPER WAS AUTHORED BY THREE ECONOMISTS – INCLUDING JOHNS HOPKINS PROFESSOR STEVEN H. HANKE, WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY SHARED MISINFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19.

    The authors analyzed 34 studies on the effects of lockdowns. Most Of Them Looked At COVID-19 Data Prior To September 2020, And 12 Of The Studies Are Working Papers.

    Based on that analysis, the paper authors concluded pandemic-related lockdowns in Europe and the U.S. only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 0.2% on average.

    “While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted,” the authors wrote in the paper’s abstract. “In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”

    Experts criticize paper as ‘fundamentally flawed’
    Following the paper’s publication, a number of public health experts issued statements criticizing the authors’ methodology and their broad definition of a lockdown. THE AUTHORS HAVE ALSO FACED CRITICISM FOR IGNORING FACTS ON DISEASE TRANSMISSION AND LEAVING OUT NEW DATA.

    “I find this paper has flaws and needs to be interpreted very carefully,” Samir Bhatt, a professor of statistics and public health at Imperial College London, said in a statement published by the nonprofit Science Media Centre. “TWO YEARS IN, IT SEEMS STILL TO FOCUS ON THE FIRST WAVE OF SARS-COV-2 AND IN A VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF COUNTRIES.”

    Research indicates lockdowns save lives

    Social media users who shared the posts claimed the working paper is proof that lockdowns haven’t been effective against COVID-19. But experts say that, while it’s difficult to assess the effect of lockdowns, research indicates they can prevent COVID-19 deaths.

    A PEER-REVIEWED STUDY ON LOCKDOWNS PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL NATURE IN JUNE 2020 FOUND THAT LOCKDOWNS PREVENTED 3.1 MILLION DEATHS ACROSS 11 DIFFERENT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. ANOTHER STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ESTIMATED THAT LOCKDOWNS AND COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS REDUCED ANNUAL MORTALITY BY 3%-6% SIMPLY BY SLOWING THE SPREAD OF INFLUENZA.

    “While it is difficult to know what harms have been directly caused by lockdowns, what is clear is that government interventions have a strong impact on COVID-19 cases and deaths,” the authors of the study wrote.

    Lurie, from Brown University, also pointed to a November 2020 study in Nature Human Behavior that analyzed the effectiveness of COVID-19 interventions worldwide. The authors concluded “no one-size-fits-all solution exists,” but that a combination of non-pharmaceutical interventions tailored to a country and its age can be “maximally effective” in preventing the spread of the virus.

    Reuters and Health Feedback have previously debunked claims that COVID-19 lockdowns do not save lives, while also noting that lockdowns have negative impacts on mental health and the economy.

    As noted by The Conversation, researchers say it is difficult to definitively evaluate the effects of lockdowns, and conflicting views on the subject are based on scientific facts on deaths and transmission rates and relevant values that people weigh differently.

    Our rating: Missing context

    Based on our research, we rate MISSING CONTEXT the claim that a “Johns Hopkins study” found lockdowns were not effective in preventing COVID-19 deaths, BECAUSE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL CONTEXT IT MAY BE MISLEADING.

    The report referenced in the posts is a working paper that was not peer-reviewed, and it was authored by three economists – ONE OF WHOM IS A PROFESSOR AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY. JOHNS HOPKINS HAS NOT ENDORSED THE PAPER.

    Public health and medical experts say the paper is flawed, in part due to its overly broad definition of “lockdown.” EXPERTS HAVE ALSO CRITICIZED THE WORKING PAPER’S EMPHASIS ON THE IMMEDIATE EFFECT OF LOCKDOWNS ON COVID-19 DEATHS INSTEAD OF DISEASE TRANSMISSION. OTHER PEER-REVIEWED STUDIES HAVE FOUND LOCKDOWNS PREVENT DEATHS.”

    This is getting bad because these people posting here are making claims that scientifically have been proven false.

  7. HB

    exactly, Nov 2022 is coming, and it looks like Commandant Cody is feeling the squeeze

    everyone needs to get back to work

  8. Not him,

    Who’s not at work? People who can work from home are doing that. People who need to be on-site are masking up. I work in a warehouse and I’ve been going to work this whole time as have many others.

    Many people are trying to transition away from l paying blue collar jobs and employers who don’t pay enough are having problems, which is appropriate in my opinion. That part is not a result of any lockdown…nobody is locked down right now dude.

  9. @Work90,
    The CDC ‘guidance’ is only useful to local government if it supports oppressive bureaucracy desires. Then bureaucrats/ teachers unions can say they are following ‘the science’ to push their mandates,
    even when the CDC relaxes masking they will provide enough ‘cover’ in the guidance for local governments to be more restrictive.

    What you need is vocal pressure from the public (ie. PO’d Parents) to make the change,
    or from the
    ‘silent majority’ voters to elect Better Leadership – like recently in Virginia and Florida.

    —– “‘People want to live FREELY in Florida’: DeSantis makes significant changes to state’s COVID-19 guidelines” (24Feb2022) ——-

    Gov Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo announced changes to Florida’s COVID-19 guidance …
    titled “Buck the CDC” ….

    “People want to live freely in Florida,
    without corporate masking creating a two-tier society and
    without overbearing isolation for children,”
    said Governor Ron DeSantis.
    “We are empowering health care practitioners to FOLLOW SCIENCE,
    not Fauci’s status quo.”

    DeSantis and Ladapo say the guidance pushes back against recommendations for masking, isolation and COVID treatments.
    It discourages companies from requiring employees to wear masks.

    “There’s never been any evidence that this benefits employees.
    There’s never been any evidence that benefits patrons to businesses
    and we’re not recommending it here in Florida,”
    Dr. Ladapo stated.

    The new guidance gives health care practitioners the flexibility to decide to treat patients with off-label prescriptions…
    -Reduce isolation for all Floridians including students and kids in daycare to 5 days.
    The CDC guidelines recommend another five days of mask-wearing.

    “What this does is Recognize REALITY.
    It’s So Important for Parents & Students but
    this is also something being updated at large for the public,”
    DeSantis said.
    —————————-

  10. CA PAtriot,

    WOW, your post
    Your article is not pointing out that the Florida Surgeon General lied about his medical background and has been criticized by the medical community for spreading COVID misinformation:

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ladapo promoted unproven treatments, opposed COVID-19 vaccine requirements, questioned the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, and associated with America’s Frontline Doctors, a far-right group known for promoting falsehoods about the pandemic. In a March 24, 2020, opinion column in USA Today, Ladapo wrote that he “spent the past week taking care of patients with COVID-19 at UCLA’s flagship hospital”, an assertion he repeated in a later column published by the Wall Street Journal. However, UCLA staff scheduling records from that time period reportedly did not show him assigned to treat COVID patients, and four UCLA colleagues told MSNBC in November 2021 that they did not believe Ladapo had treated COVID patients there.

  11. Today the CDC said that Santa Clara County is a “Medium” risk County and as such the CDC no longer recommends the use of masks by the general public, including in schools.

    So are we going to follow the CDC & “the science”? or Sara Cody’s arbitrary guesstimates?

  12. Work90

    REALLY, because if you look at this website (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view?list_select_state=California&data-type=Risk&list_select_county=6085), it still is a code RED.

    The 7 day metric is Cases 3,049 in the last week, Case Rate per 100k is 158.16, but no % Positivity data . We have had 28 Deaths, yes the vaccinations are % of population ≥ 5 years of age fully vaccinated is 90.4%, but New Hospital Admissions 193

    The other page you are refurring to the Community Levels, are only making recommendations and not mandates, which means the locality has discretion.

    And again basing our long term healt on a moving avereage of only 1 week is insanity, because this virus has proven over and over again that methodology just sets us up for more outbreaks

  13. WE are continuing to get delayed data I think because I read this:

    “In a recent report, the WHO said BA.2 was dominant in 18 countries and it represented about 36% of sequenced omicron cases submitted in the most recent week to a publicly available international database where scientists share coronavirus data. That’s up from 19% two weeks earlier.

    In the United States, BA.2 caused about 4% of COVID cases during the week ending Feb. 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage was lower in some regions and higher in others – hitting about 7% in New England.”

    What I understand is that New England has the best case data management, but I have already demonstrated that CA especially Santa Clara County has been lagging behind, and I cannot seem to get ANY data on BA.2 from the county at all now other than the first detected cases. They don’t even report it on their websites.

    It would appear that the CDC is relying on local systems to report, but now that local systems are being intmidated by hostile parties, it looks like they finally gave up, and are going to let COVID run free now.

  14. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    SCC NEW UPDATE: As of today February 24,2022 we had 15,864 new cases Month To Date in comparison to October 2021 which had a MTD total of 3,314, we are still at 7.7 times that of when we were supposedly safe.

    With regards to totals February 22, 2022 we have had 15,864 and the total cases in October, 2021 was 4,437, which means we are at 4.2 Times the cases as was the WHOLE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2021. That month has 31 days not 28.

    I have noticed that the decline is bottoming out in the last few days, as I predicted, and we are still running significantly higher than in October. The facts are the trend is starting to change, NPR just did a report indicating that if the pattern is confirmed that it accounted for 3.9% of cases for the week ending Feb. 6, if it is detected to increase to about 8% the next week.

    But data may be missing because for example Santa Clara county does not appear to be tracking BA.2 at all. Their website shows no count of those detected cases. A recent report showed:

    “In a recent report, the WHO said BA.2 was dominant in 18 countries and it represented about 36% of sequenced omicron cases submitted in the most recent week to a publicly available international database where scientists share coronavirus data. That’s up from 19% two weeks earlier.

    In the United States, BA.2 caused about 4% of COVID cases during the week ending Feb. 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage was lower in some regions and higher in others – hitting about 7% in New England.”

    The incredible inconsistency of reports is not good, it demonstrates that the standards of case monitoring has fallen to such a point it is becoming unreliable. We really do not know what percentage of BA.2 cases are occurring in Santa Clara county do we?

  15. Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Unbelievable – Some will never let go of their Fear & the Fearmongering…
    Why is Santa Clara County waiting until Mar02?

    Why are children still being masked?
    “…CDC also is easing its recommendations for wearing masks in indoor K-12 settings.”

    Adults can decide when & where they want to mask up –
    the real issue is Freeing the Children from harmful & ineffective school mask mandates,
    imposed on children by Gov Newsom and Teacher Unions…
    ….
    The Rational Facts are that in CA Hospitals (as of Feb 25th):

    ICU Bed Utilization for Covid is………… 14% (Downward Trend Continues)
    Inpatient Bed Utilization for Covid is……. 8% (Downward Trend Continues)
    ICU Bed Utilization (all causes) is………. 76% (STABLE)
    Percent Inpatients with Covid is…………. 10% (Downward Trend Continues)

    Testing Case Counts remain mostly meaningless…

    —— WHO: Omicron subvariant now dominant in 18 countries & 6 more updates (24Feb2022, ECarbajal) —–

    COVID Cases worldwide fell 21% for the week ending Feb. 20 ….
    Global Deaths also fell 8% from the week before.

    Six updates on BA.2:

    1. As of Feb. 21, the U.S. had identified 1,359 COVID-19 cases involving BA.2, …The strain has been identified in almost every state… though its overall prevalence in each state is
    very low, accounting for 0.38% or less of all samples sequenced.

    2. Initial data indicates BA.2 has a growth advantage over BA.1 — the original omicron strain —though the “difference in transmissibility appears to be much smaller” than the difference between BA.1 and delta…

    3. There have been documented cases of reinfection with BA.2 after infection with BA.1,
    though early data based on population-level studies suggest that
    infection with BA.1 provides STRONG PROTECTION against reinfection from the omicron subvariant.

    4. So far, real-world data from South Africa, the U.K. and Denmark have found
    NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE in disease SEVERITY between BA.2 and BA.1…

    5. The WHO has also said BA.2 should remain classified as an omicron sublineage rather than getting its own name, based on available data so far.

    6. Health experts in the U.S. have said the subvariant is a reminder that new virus strains will continue to emerge, though it is NOT CAUSE FOR PANIC.
    “As of now, I don’t think that we need to sound a global alarm.
    But I do think that we need to pay attention,”

    ——————————————
    ..
    The Real Issue is Freeing the Children from Ineffective and Harmful Masking in Schools.

  16. CA PAtriot,

    Here we go again, you are reporting on information that is OLD. That report you described involves data from a website called https://outbreak.info/situation-reports?pango=BA.2&loc=ZAF&loc=GBR&loc=USA&selected=ZAF

    That report indicates that the information it provides is not up to date, it states the case numbers are counting from a data range from DEC 14, 2021 to FEB 16, 2022. Which means that there is no accounting for the cases from FEB 17, to today. Thus your claim that there are only 1,300 BA.2 cases is verifiably FALSE. Why is it you like to promote poor data?

    In effect there is NO RELIABLE PROOF that we are out of the COVID woods yet. And you misinterpreted the transissabolity by ommitting this

    “BA.2 differs from BA.1 in its genetic sequence, including some amino acid differences in the spike protein and other proteins. Studies have shown that BA.2 has a growth advantage over BA.1. Studies are ongoing to understand the reasons for this growth advantage, but initial data suggest that BA.2 appears inherently more transmissible than BA.1, which currently remains the most common Omicron sublineage reported.”

    From that same report

    You are taking phrases and using them out of context, suggesting that those infected with BA.1 are STRONGLY PROTECTED is NOTa scientific certainty. In fact it is just a gueas without enough research to make it a public policy material factor.

    Severity being the same and the fact that BA.2 will infect those with BA.1 means that it will still be a reinfactious virus.

    THe fact is that PREVENTION is by public policy preferred over infection. Thus it is required that steps be taken to stop putting people at risk. That is the REAL truth here, not the political spinning that you have been likley paid to perform.

  17. Here is some more news.

    THe San Fran Chronile has the following information:

    “Studies reveal new ‘stealth’ omicron variant is 30% more transmissible. Should California be worried?”

    Specifically:

    “Chin-Hong said that, while it is important to keep an eye on the strain’s spread, highly vaccinated places that have already seen large omicron surges, like the Bay Area, are likely not going to see huge spikes fueled by BA.2.

    Still, he said, the omicron sub-variant is very likely to infect people who are not vaccinated and have not had omicron, he said, which could “slow the sense of normalcy” for some.

    He also noted that because BA.2 is arising just when many places are dropping mask mandates and other restrictions, it’s hard to know whether increased cases are because of the sublineage or just a natural consequence of the lowered restrictions.

    “It’s hard to see what effect there is because of BA.2 specifically,” he said.”

    And:

    “What does BA.2 mean for the future of the pandemic?

    BA.2 is another twist from an unpredictable virus, and researchers and scientists are staying vigilant.

    Chin-Hong said that while he isn’t terribly worried about BA.2 itself, people who are unvaccinated and haven’t gotten omicron are very likely to get BA.2 he said, and that opportunity for increased transmission worries him.

    “Every time you have a transmission, you can have a mutation,” he said. “The spawn of BA.2 will be something different, but we don’t know what. And there’s no guarantee that it will still be mild.”

    “At this point the most worrisome thing about BA.2 is that it demonstrates that it’s possible for a variant to be more infectious than Omicron,” Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of medicine at UCSF, wrote on Twitter. “There’s no guarantee that a future variant won’t be more immune-evasive and/or severe. But luckily, not this one.”

    But that means we cannot be certain about how much this is going to cause more problems, shouldn’t we take steps now to prevent problems? Why are we playing russian roulette regarding COVID when the current odds are 3 out of 1000 die, and 9 out of 100 will have cognitive impairment, 8 out of 100 will have cardiac problems, and 5 out of 100 will have kidney problems?

    That is not a good risk management strategy, in my field that would require significant risk mitigation policies.

    Thats right, as I suspected given the new BA.2, the cases are not dropping anymore and if masks are not used, they will return will the same strength as Omicron

    “The Bay Area is averaging 86 new cases a day per 100,000 residents, compared to 60 cases a day last Monday — marking the first time since early January that the number has ticked up at the start of the week during the omicron phase of the pandmic. San Mateo, Napa, and Solano are among the counties that are reporting the greatest new increases in cases. Statewide, the average is hovering around 65 daily cases per 100,000 residents, down slightly from 71 last week.”

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  18. As a recent report statd(https://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/New-studies-reveal-more-information-about-16948722.php):

    “What does BA.2 mean for the future of the pandemic?

    BA.2 is another twist from an unpredictable virus, and researchers and scientists are staying vigilant.

    Chin-Hong said that while he isn’t terribly worried about BA.2 itself, people who are unvaccinated and haven’t gotten omicron are very likely to get BA.2 he said, and that opportunity for increased transmission worries him.

    “Every time you have a transmission, you can have a mutation,” he said. “The spawn of BA.2 will be something different, but we don’t know what. And there’s no guarantee that it will still be mild.”

    “At this point the most worrisome thing about BA.2 is that it demonstrates that it’s possible for a variant to be more infectious than Omicron,” Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of medicine at UCSF, wrote on Twitter. “There’s no guarantee that a future variant won’t be more immune-evasive and/or severe. But luckily, not this one.”

    In fact there is evidence showing that the 5 day periord that the CDC suggested for OMICROM was wrong, butit was forced to recommend it because of the increasing shortage of medical care resources This report is here (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/science/cdc-isolation-guidelines.html)

    “A C.D.C. scientist who was an author of the study said that he did not believe the agency’s isolation guidelines needed to change. But the results suggest that many people with the virus may still be infectious during this period, scientists said.

    The study “demonstrates what a lot of people have suspected: that five days is insufficient for a substantial number of people,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan, said in an email. “The bottom line,” she added, “is that this absolutely should lead to a change in isolation guidance.”

    Remember DON’T LOOK UP!!!

  19. Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Driving some to Fantastical & Fake Fear-Mongering…
    and
    Voluminous Boastful Bloviating…

    The Rational Truth is:

    ALL Trends Show a Decrease & Decline in Covid Cases, Hospitalizations & Deaths.

    — “US COVID-19 Deaths DROP for 3rd week + 9 other CDC Findings” (25Feb2022 GMasson) —

    COVID-19 Deaths FELL nationally for the 3rd week in a row,
    while Hospitalizations DECLINED for the 4th straight week
    and
    Cases DROPPED for the 5th straight week,
    according to the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker…

    10 Things to Know:

    Reported CASES:
    1. …the nation’s 7-day case avg DECREASED 37.7% from the previous week’s average.

    DEATHS:
    2. The 7-day death average is DOWN 18.8% from the previous week’s average.

    HOSPITALIZATION:
    3. The 7-day hospitalization avg DECREASED 30% from the previous week’s average.

    VACCINATIONS:
    4. As of Feb. 23, about 76.3% of the total U.S. population
    — have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,
    and more than 64.8% have received both doses.

    5. About 50% of people eligible for a booster dose have gotten one…

    6. The 7-day avg number of daily vaccines administered Decreased 17.6% from the previous week.

    TESTING:
    7. The 7-day avg for POS tests is 5.4%, down 3% from the previous week.

    8. The nation’s 7-day avg test volume was down 7.7% from the prior week’s average.

    VARIANTS:
    9. …the CDC estimated the Omicron Variant accounts for 100% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases.

    10. CDC estimates that BA.1.1 accounts for 75.6% of cases,
    while the BA.2 subvariant accounts for 3.8% of cases.

    ——————————————
    As Before,
    The Real Issue is Freeing the Children from Ineffective & Harmful Masking in Schools.

  20. CA Patriot,

    As I pointed out over and over again, the idea that you base the behavior of a virus on only a 7 day running average is insane. It does not provide enough proof of anything, it is just a Butchers Bill. No proof of cause and effect, no proof of safety in any way. We had 4 new waves of infection since it started because of this insane idea that it stops infecting you in only a week.

    And most important the latest BA.2 test data is many weeks old, that estimate you described was from the week ending Feb 12, 2022. (https://www.biospace.com/article/covid-19-as-deadlier-as-ever-in-the-unvaccinated-and-more-covid-19-news/) I provided that proof earlier. When CNBC reported on Fab 25, 2022, it was not using up to date data, because we do not have it.

    This constant taking information out of context, and also coming up with conclusions that no reputable doctor is claiming is very misleading. It is time for this to be verified by a real person and not a person calling themselves a patriot

  21. CA Patriot,

    Did you even notice what your wrote?

    “VARIANTS:
    9. …the CDC estimated the Omicron Variant accounts for 100% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases.

    10. CDC estimates that BA.1.1 accounts for 75.6% of cases,
    while the BA.2 subvariant accounts for 3.8% of cases.”

    in other words WHAT or WHERE are the missing 20.6% Because 100% Omicron where you pointed out that BA1.1 accounts for 75.6% and BA.2 accounts for 3.8% that comes to only 79.4% Something DOESN’T ADD UP HERE!!! And where is the data on BA.3? Or any unknown variant?

    Someone didn’t do the math!!!

  22. Joe Smith,

    I have no arguments regarding people “conveying a message or idea” if it is based on some kind of reliable information.

    But many here have done nothing but personally attack others, attempt to mislead others by writing information that is self contradictory, out of context, lacks key information that limits its applicability, or just say to the readers “do as I say, and you have no right to question me”.

    That clearly is not reality, and you can try to use the Ben Shapiro debate method, which is instead of providing valid proof you are right, you simply say, to the reader “do not listen to anyone else but us”.

    That is a classic error of logic. AND YOU ALL KNOW IT!!!

    If your opinion is not supported by REAL FACTS, then you are not allowed to express it without someone to provide evidence to establish it is not a valid opinion or idea.

  23. The Pandemic is over, and has been. Just look up the latest Democrat talking points and you will see for yourself.

  24. @Work90, Lol, I saw an email screen shot from DNC over the weekend…

    DEMs need to stress how Biden has Conquered Covid…lol.

    All the while the polls have Biden underwater in Every Category including his Covid crisis collapse.

  25. OK, a version to read & marvel at the DEM Audacity to Mislead the public is available from Impact Research.
    Titled: Taking the Win over COVID-19 (February 24, 2022)
    Key Points:
    – Declare the crisis phase of COVID over and push for feeling and acting more normal. Thanks to Democrats

    – Recognize that people are “worn out” and feeling real harm from the years- long restrictions and TAKE THEIR SIDE. Most Americans have personally moved out of crisis mode.
    ….66% of parents and 80% of teachers say the pandemic caused learning loss, and voters are overwhelmingly more worried about learning loss than kids getting COVID.

    – Acknowledge COVID still exists and likely will for a long time.
    … the threat of COVID is no longer what it was even 1 year ago and therefore should not be treated as such – shutdowns, masks, and lockdowns were meant to save lives when there was NOT YET a vaccine that could do that. (REALLY? DEMs Finally acknowledge this?)

    – Don’t set “COVID zero” as the victory condition.
    …83% say the pandemic will be over when it’s a mild illness like the flu rather than COVID being completely gone, and 55% prefer that COVID should be treated as an endemic disease.
    And that’s what most Americans are dealing with – a disease with fatality rates like the flu…

    – Stop talking about restrictions and the unknown future ahead.
    …If DEMs focus on how bad things still are and how much worse they could get, we set DEMs up as failures unable to navigate us through this.
    …DEMs RISK PAYING DEARLY for it in November. (2022).

    ————————-

    I suppose this will be the screed repeated ad nauseam thru the mainstream media and the often liberal biased misleading cable news networks like cnn and msnbc.

  26. Now that Ukraine is going on we don’t hear anything about Covid anymore.
    Nor do we hear about Canadian Truckers, Trudeau, US Tuckers, Inflation, Jobs, etc.
    Kind of convenient isn’t it?

  27. Ukraine is Biden’s & the DEMs kind of “Wag the Dog” by proxy –
    all the while sacrificing lives in Ukraine,
    and asking U.S. citizens to take the hit on Oil & Energy (gas prices) while he enriches Putin through Russian Oil purchases.
    (Russia is now the 3rd Largest Oil Supplier to the USA almost on par with Mexico the 2nd largest supplier of crude oil).

  28. CA Patriot, et al,

    This kind of misinformation is getting crazy, you are reporting on a story that was produced by the Charlie Kirk Show on the Salem Radio Network. But it has a political agenda as I will present the published statement:

    “About Charlie

    Charlie Kirk is the Founder and President of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to PROMOTE THE PRINCIPLES OF FREE MARKETS AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT. With a presence on over 2,000 high school and college campuses nationwide, 250,000 student members, and over 150 full-time staff, TURNING POINT USA IS THE LARGEST AND FASTEST GROWING CONSERVATIVE YOUTH ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION IN THE COUNTRY. At just 26-years-old, Charlie has appeared on CNBC, Fox News and FOX Business News over 600 times, is an editor-at-large at Newsweek, and often writes columns for Fox News, The Hill, The Washington Times, Breitbart, and Daily Caller. HE WAS NAMED TO THE FORBES “30 UNDER 30” LIST AND WAS ALSO THE YOUNGEST SPEAKER AT THE 2016 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION AND WAS THE OPENING SPEAKER AT THE 2020 RNC. He’s the author of three books including the #1 Amazon and New York Times bestseller, THE MAGA DOCTRINE: THE ONLY IDEAS THAT WILL WIN THE FUTURE FROM BROADSIDE BOOKS, an imprint of Harper Collins. Charlie is also the chairman of Students for Trump, WHICH AIMS TO ACTIVATE ONE MILLION NEW COLLEGE VOTERS THROUGH ITS MORE THAN 350 CHAPTERS PRESENT ON CAMPUSES IN BATTLEGROUND STATES IN THE LEAD UP TO THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. In 2019, CHARLIE WAS GRANTED AN HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CITING HIS EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND ENERGETIC VOICE FOR CONSERVATIVES. Later that year, Charlie co-founded The Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty, a Christian think tank working to expand religious liberty and advance conservative principles in the public sphere. His social media reaches over 100 million people per month and according to Axios he is one of the “top 10 most engaged” Twitter handles in the world behind only President Trump among conservatives. Charlie is the host of “The Charlie Kirk Show” which is a top-10 ranked podcast on Apple News charts, and host of the all new nationally syndicated radio show which goes by the same name.”

    His report is based on a SECOND HAND REPORT from another publication called THE BLAZE

    Impact Research is a polling and servey company and nothing more, it has no direct connection with any one political party, it is an independent group, thus anything written by it cannot be considered a democratic political strategy, these reports take this memo WAY OUT OF CONTEXT

    But here is the REAL PROBLEM, COVID is not a POLITICAL ACTION GROUP, and yes people are definitely angry that we have nothing to show regarding controlling it. But public health is NOT POLITICAL.

    As long as politics and business keep on fueling the Covid problem, it will never go away. And so far, it still is not as mild as a “flu”

    Time to stop this political baiting and discuss the real issues regarding Covid. Stop the misinformation. Impact Research is a POLLING company, just asking questions and providing research. That is all it was doing. Stop the QANON CONSPIRACY TALK LIKE STEAL THE VOTES!!!

    Again I am not a Dem or a Rep, I just want to stop the COVID from ruining more lives.

  29. NEUTRINO78X

    Who is not at work?

    Mr. Goldstein is not at work. Nor is he paying rent. Nor does he have kids, a mortgage or a small business… he has no clue what he is talking about and does not care either

    That is the reason you see so much garbage emanating from that direction

    Been bragging about gaming the eviction moratorium to live rent free for at least a year… he is a sophist who takes the coronatarian side because it allows him to make another MAN carry him

    as well as pointing out how stupid his landlord is and how much he is taking him to that bank in his lawsuit…

  30. Mr. Smith

    Regardless, it’s not that hard to just spin through his noise and move on to reading something from someone who wants to convey a message and has an opinion or idea.

    Agreed, I no longer read or reply to Mr. Freeloader, but it is important to realize that to have a valid opinion, to have a say in society, we have to give only those who have skin in the game a say. Anyone who lives their live afraid to get married, have kids, buy a house, pay their rent, start a business gets NO SAY when we are talking about opening businesses, dealing with housing, or raising kids.

    So, I randomly point out the obvious

    No one cares what he thinks and if you do, you are a fool…

  31. Upon furtgher review and research I have discovered that 80% of the new cases are from VARIANTS of omicron now. THe research can be seen here (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#variant-proportions)

    It reports that B.1.1.529 (THE ORIGINAL OMICRON) is repsonsible for 20.6% of the current cases. That one variant recieving practically no attention called BA.1.1 is responsible for 75.6% of the cases and BA.2 is curretly at about 3.8%

    What is weird is that BA.1.1 is supposed to be slightly higher or equal in infections from Delta, but if that were the case then why so high a percentage of new cases?

    The report concludes:

    “Conclusions:

    Many are asking what comes after Omicron. The answer in many countries is already clear. What comes next is Omicron BA.2 and BA.2.H78Y

    The good news is that the incidence of serious disease and death is similar to that observed for infections with Omicron BA.1. That is somewhat surprising given the hamster data. Widespread infection and vaccination may account for data. It may be that despite failure to protect from infection, prior infection or vaccination may protect against BA.2 severe disease and death.

    Although it seems like forever, we are likely in the early days of the Covid pandemic/epidemic/endemic experience. More questions remain than are answered. We need continued vigilance, surveillance, research, drug and vaccine development to see our way to a better future.”

    THe PROBLEM is that there is no tracking or research on BA.1.1 and it is part of a big family of variants are reported in Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhaseltine/2022/02/23/whither-the-omicron-family-ba1-ba11-ba2-ba2h78y-ba3/?sh=5ae78a2f862e)

    Now I am waiting for the SCC to issue data, but it can take another 48 hors to get the weekends data. It was still not good because we were still reporting more than 7.7 times the cases we had in October 2021.

    Also since most people got their boosters in November and December and the lasting power is about 4 months, those boosts are about to wind down enough to become very little protection. This is not opinion it is proven fact.

  32. No One Cares about sub variants and lineages… it is just Noise to the Public.
    …..
    ALL COVID Trends show a Steady DECLINE in Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths.

    ALL COVID Forecasts are for a STEEP DECLINE in Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths.
    …..
    Just to clarify the confusion and unnecessary Fearmongering spread by
    one Prolific Panic Pontificator…

    Omicron (B.1.1.529 – alias BA) accounts for 100% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
    Lineages follow the Pango nomenclature.
    B.1.1.529.1 – alias BA.1
    B.1.1.529.1.1 – alias BA1.1
    B.1.1.529.2 – alias BA.2
    B.1.1.529.2 – alias BA.3

    The Original Omicron variant tracked World-Wide (Sep 2021) is BA.1
    BA.1.1 is a closely related BA.1 sub-variant,
    and BA.2 & BA.3 are sub-variants.

    All these sub-variants are Known, Tracked and Sequenced.

    BA.1 accounts for 20.6% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
    BA.1.1 (the dominant strain since early Jan2022) accounts for 75.6% of new cases.
    BA.2 accounts for about 3.8% of new cases in the U.S.
    and
    BA.3 accounts for a very small proportion of new cases – not statistically important.

    The predominant Omicron lineage in the United States is BA.1.1, which is descendent of the BA.1 lineage and is characterized by an additional substitution (R346K) in the spike protein.

    For the Vast Majority of people returning to normal life –
    the difference in prevalence of these variants & sub-variants means
    Nil, Null, Nothing and Not None.
    ———————
    The Real Issue is Freeing the Children from Ineffective and Harmful Masking Mandates in Schools,
    imposed by Gov Newsom and Teacher Unions…

    Children should NOT be Forced to be masked for hours upon hours in school or outside.

  33. CA Patriot,

    You wrote:

    “The Original Omicron variant tracked World-Wide (Sep 2021) is BA.1
    BA.1.1 is a closely related BA.1 sub-variant,
    and BA.2 & BA.3 are sub-variants.

    All these sub-variants are Known, Tracked and Sequenced.”

    They ARE NOT KNOWN because they do not know what danger they are. There is no information about BA1.1 and the long term impact on health. The Same goes with BA.3. Also they do not know why BA.1.1 is even more infectious than BA.2 given the information you showed. The facts are you are ASSUMING a lot of incomplete information. The Forbes article clearly shows that the information is VERY sketchy at best.

    This kind of false knowledge is only making it even more difficult to PREVENT infections. When will you disclose who you are and what medical training you have? Or more importantly are you ever going to concede that most of the news you present has been including contradictory information or worse clearly states statements like :

    ““The CDC said its ensemble forecasts are among the most reliable for COVID-19 modeling, but they cannot predict rapid changes in cases, hospitalizations or deaths. THEREFORE, THEY SHOULD NOT BE RELIED ON “FOR MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OR TIMING OF RAPID CHANGES IN TRENDS,” the agency said.”

    When will you stop using information you know is not effective?

    Please remember this because it applies to COVID “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” When dealing with what appears to be 5 variants, and the research is not providing much if any complete pictures of the variants BA.1, BA.1.1, BA.2, BA.2.H78Y and BA.3. Remember the original Omicron is B.1.1.529. The facts are we know less then in any time since COVID hit.

    The 7 day moving average has NOT been reliable for future COVID issues, we have had 4 major waves of COVID simply because we let our guard down too fast. And you all know this.

    Time to PREVENT problems, the CDC is actually the Centers for Disease Control AND PREVENTION!!!

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