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Vol. IX, Issue 14 | July 15 - 31, 2021 | Frank
News & Notable
Photo Essay: Solvang, California. -Photos InterChurch News
COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate: July 28-29
C = Cases (inc. Deaths-D, Recovered-R)
COVID-to-COVID: The CDC PIC (Pneumonia, Influenza, Covid-19) epidemic threshold is 7.2%; figures in parenthesis indicate COVID-to-COVID Case Fatality Rate.
Focused Protection: Reopen economy/schools
Covid-19 News & Resource Page
A pandemic that shutdown the world in 2020
(except BLM protest-riots, re-elect Trump rallies and 'essential' Home Depots)
from a yet unconfirmed origin and cause within communist-controlled China.
(see: The Search for Covid's Origin, -WSJ, June 30, 2021)
Safely reopening California
'Thanks to your trust in the vaccine and the falling transmission rates, California has fully reopened its economy. This means no more physical distancing, no capacity limits, no county tiers and relaxed mask guidance.'
Covid19.CA.GOV -July 1, 2021
Two Doctors, Two Polarizing Views on the Vaccine
'Unvacccinated people are at serious risk of getting the virus and spreading it to others.' -CDC, July 2, 2021.
'It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall. School closures had negative health consequences on our youth.' -CDC Director, July 23, 2020.
Covid-19 statistics, March - October 2020:
No deaths reported for youth 0 - 17 years old in Riverside County, however public schools remained closed in the Fall against CDC's July 23 reopening recommendation.
Average age of death was reported at 72. Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser is no longer in the employ of the County.
COVID-19 Vaccination Plan 2020 - Riverside County
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
March 3, 2021: Delayed Skin Reaction after Moderna Vaccine Shot?
What happened to 'bend the curve?'
'Our goal is simple, we want to bend the curve ...'
'... the vast majority of those infected [with COVID-19] get only mild cases that often resemble the flu ...'
-'Your Nose Itches: Is it Allergies, Flu or the Coronavirus?' -New York Times, March 17, April 27, 2020
'For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms ...'
-'Hundreds Protest Against Stay-at-Home Order,' Associated Press, May 23, 2020
WHAT CAN I DO TODAY IN CALIFORNIA?
-Updated July 1, 2021
A. Stay Home Order Q & A | 1 year, 4 months since March 19, 2020 'Stay Home' order
B. Blueprint for a Safer Economy: Guidelines re: work, church, schools, shopping, protests -- visiting family and friends
Photo: Democrat 'Flatten the Curve' Economic Impact on Riverside County:
14.8% unemployment; 100,000 jobs lost (July, August reports). -Photo InterChurch News
A Selected History of Riverside County, State Public Health Updates
A Selected History of Proponents to Reopen California in 2020,
Early Use of Hydroxchloroquine to Save Lives
California's Essential/non-Essential Workforce, Public Gathering Restrictions
Issued March 19, 202 by Gov. Gavin Newsom
Lowes: Essential | Centerpoint Church: Non-Essential
-Photos InterChurch News
Pre-Covid-19 Leading Causes of Death in California
Photo: Traffic Deaths. Perhaps in California we shouldn't drive at all.
-Photo Jacob E. Sloane/InterChurch News
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC COVID-19 (PIC) Mortality Percentages vs. Epidemic Threshold: Week 27: 5.5 percent (June 28 - July 4); Week 28: 11.5 pecent (July 5 - 11); Week 29: 9.1 percent (July 12 - July 18).
Translating Doublespeak -- or the Mysterious 'Epidemic Threshold': Comparing Weeks 27 and 29 of CDC's PIC Mortality Percentages (or '11 weeks of declining COVID-19 deaths'). Notice when 'currently below the epidemic threshold' (Week 27) or 'currently above the epidemic threshold' (Week 28) -- the actual epidemic threshold percentage itself is omitted as a reference. The public doesn't know from this table what the 'current' epidemic threshold percentage is. What happened between weeks 27 and 29? The July 4th weekend, but also the.Black Lives Matter protests, riots and lootings erupted across the nation from May 25 throughout the summer.
Photos: Aftermath of Black Lives Matter protests, riots and lootings in Santa Monica downtown business district suffering economic fallout.
CDC statistics show a 6 percent and 3.5 percent increase in Covid-19 related deaths in CDC Weeks 28 and 29 (July 5 - July 18)
since July 4th weekend and nationwide BLM protests beginning May 25.
The Covid-19 related mortality rate had been declining 11 weeks in a row.
-Photos InterChurch News
Sample of July 4th, 2020 weekend headlines
Advertising Black Lives Matter Protests
(6% increase in COVID-19 related deaths followed July 4th weekend)
Reopen in-person schools 2020-21
Opinion: CDC misinterpreted information doctors say; reopen schools now -USA Today, March 9, 2021
Reopening in-person schools -- even before a vaccine -- in Fall is 'critically important'
2020-2021 School Year for Schools and School Districts within Riverside County
Ed. note: COVIDView Week 28 report (ending July 4) stated the U.S. is in the 12th week of decline in PIC-related deaths (Pneumonia, Influenza and COVID-19). CDC states the PIC mortality rate is 5.5% -- and is below the 5.8% epidemic threshold. Notable however, is that the CDC recently lowered the bar of an 'epidemic threshold' from a flu or disease spread of 7.3/7.2 % to the current 5.8% ratio. The 'epidemic threshold' now represents PIC DEATHS compared to ALL DEATHS in the U.S. (apples and oranges) -- instead of a traditional confirmed COVID-19 cases to confirmed COVID-19 deaths (apples and apples).
COVID-19 to COVID-19: To check the epidemic threshold, for example, of the July 13 U.S. COVID-19 case vs. death count: divide 3,296,599 cases by 5.8% = 191,202 deaths to reach epidemic threshold. However, 134,844 was the actual COVID-19 death count -- 56,000 deaths short of epidemic status. If the CDC's prior 2019 flu epidemic threshold of 7.3% was the applied standard, the COVID-19 U.S. death count would have to hit 240,651 (3,296,599 x 7.3%) to be considered an epidemic.
For July 13th, California reported 329,162 COVID-19 cases ('cases' include current cases, recoveries and deaths). With the CDC's new 5.8% epidemic threshold standard, it would take 19,091 coronavirus deaths to declare an epidemic -- by CDC standards -- in California. However, the total COVID-19 mortality rate was reported at 7,040 -- nearly two-thirds short of an epidemic threshold.
U.S. Flu News
Go Green: ILI (Influenza-like Illness) includes COVID-19 data of medical visits with flu-like symptoms (temperature of 100 degrees or greater, a cough, sore throat).
Ed. note: Looking back with 20/20 vision at the 2017-2018 flu season, CDC estimates the U.S. saw 810,000 flu-hospitalizations, 45 million flu-like illnesses and 80,000 flu-related deaths (revised to 61,000 in April 2020) -- in hindsight should California and the rest of the Union have issued 'shelter-in-place' orders for its essentially healthy workers -- or required schools and churches to be closed?
Top Local Video Pick:
Emptied malls = ghost towns
Photo: Moreno Valley Mall, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020. -Photo InterChurch News
Photo: Moreno Valley Mall, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020. -Photo InterChurch News
-Governor Gavin Newsom, March 19, 2020 Executive Order N-33-20 (Stay Home)
May 6th: Congratulations Riverside County -- we 'Flattened the Curve' -- so what?
On March 15th Riverside County Public Health
clarified 'the one goal' of local COVID-19 Orders:
Graph (above): The COVID-19 Projections model released March 31 by Riverside County Public Health reinforced the state and local 'flatten the curve' stay-at-home orders.
Riverside, Calif., InterChurch News, April 29, 2020.
The Riverside County Public Health COVID-19 Projections model released March 31 forecast 60,000+ cases, 1000 deaths, 3000 ICU beds needed, 9,000 hospitalizations -- by May 6.
The April 29 COVID-19 statistics for Riverside County: 3,942 confirmed cases, 143 deaths, 78 patients in ICU and 215 currently hospitalized.
Riverside County has flattened the curve -- the goal for the initial March stay-at-home, no-gatherings, wear-a-mask local and state orders.
Of course, for those who are in the hospital, or suffered the loss of a loved one, statistics don't mean much. But to the citizens and undocumented who have been under stay-at-home orders, have businesess, jobs, children and bills to pay -- the statistics are encouraging that life can (at least) begin to be normalized in Riverside County soon.
Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the Riverside County public health officer who issued historic restrictive orders since March encompasing limited to no-public gatherings (including religious services), stay-at-home, face masks, social distancing, school closures, drive-in church services, sit-in dining services, funeral service limitations ... deserves credit (compare Riverside County COVID-19 statistics to New York City:12,287 confirmed deaths, 159,865 cases and 41,316 hospitalized to date).
And the 2.4 million Riverside County residents who sacrificed work, school, church (and other religious gatherings) and recreation since the middle of March deserve credit -- and consideration -- as well.
Photo: Maximum Occupancy: 4. A customer-empty gift shop -- the weekend before Christmas, 2020;
Seaport Village, San Diego. -Photo InterChurch News
EDD: File Unemployment Claim (California)
IRS: Get My Payment: Check Status of COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments
Riverside County Board of Supervisors: Open mic available weekly Tuesdays in-person or by phone-in; optional in-person or view Board meetings livestream, and prior meetings via video archive (including historic May 5 and May 8 public meetings to rescind local public health orders).
Riverside University Health System - Public Health: COVID-19 Orders, what to do, news & statistics
U.S. Government Services and Infomation: Your online guide to government information and services.
The White House: Task Force Response, what to do & news
Photo: Stay at Home Depot Orders. Gov. Gavin Newsom designated Home Depot (above)
as an essential business. -Photo InterChurch News
COVID-19 Local News:
-Livestream photos InterChurch News
April 30. The County of Riverside health order prohibiting gatherings outside the home will expire at the end of today.
Beginning tomorrow -- May 1 -- the county will fall soley under the governor's stay-at-home order as it pertains to no gatherings -- and is extending the face coverings and a six-foot social distance requirements through June 19.
Govenor Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order does not have an expiration date.
'While we work with the governor's plan for re-opening the state, people must be mindful that COVID-19 has not been eliminated,' said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Public Health Officer.
'The new normal in Riverside County will still require social distancing, facial coverings and other precautions,' Kaiser said.
Kaiser's orders closing all Riverside County schools and limiting short-term lodging until June 19 remain in effect. The initial all school closure order isssued March 13 was in effect from March 16 to April 3.
The governor's order states that all California residents must stay home unless engaged in an essential business or activity, such as grocery shopping or visiting the doctor. Drive-in church services were clarified as an essential service -- in-person religious services are still not allowed.
When the governor releases the stay-at-home order, Riverside County will be ready to move into the governor's second phase of reopening businesses.
'As we begin to turn the corner, it is important that we also flatten the unemployment curve and work towards economic and social recovery,' said V. Manuel Perez, Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor and Board Chair.
The no gathering, stay-at-home orders were necessary to 'flatten the curve' and slow the spread of the illness, which threatened to severely impact the county's health system.
Riverside County projected over 60,000 COVID cases by early May with 9,000 hospitalizations and 1000 deaths. With 48,531 persons tested in the county as of April 29, less than 4,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed with 215 patients currently hospitalized and 143 deaths reported.
-Compiled from RIVCO Public Health news release dated April 29 and previous RIVCO reports
April 24. An increasing number of requests for resources has moved Riverside County to release an online map -- and app -- to connect residents to food resources.
Food Access gives directions to local senior meal sites, school district meal sites and food pantries within a 10-mile radius of an inquirers zip code.
The map also includes relevant details such as hours of operation, contact information and special populations served.
'Thank you to all the organizations that are making sure there is a safety net and our residents have food to eat,' stated V. Manuel Perez, Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor.
As COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty in the job market, many local organizations have introduced temporary food pantries. New food providers can email EOCMassCare@rivco.org to be added to the map.
Food Access is available on www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus and on the RivCoMobile app (available on iOS and Android).
-Compiled from RIVCO Public Health new release dated April 23.
April 22. Private and public golf courses closed April 2 in Riverside County because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be allowed to operate -- but with restrictions under a revised order issued Monday. Social distancing and face coverings are still required.
Golf (and tennis) shall be limited to foursomes. No caddies. No large gatherings, including fundraisers or tournaments will be permited before June 20, 2020. No in-person dining will be allowed in clubhouses.
Face coverings, such as scarves, bandanas and neck gaiters shall be worn by players and workers.
Other outdoor activities allowed include hiking, biking and equestrian activities and other non-contact outdoor activities. Outdoor activities that remain prohibited include the use of picnic tables, playgrounds, team sports or other similar public events and gatherings.
'Play is being cautiously reopened for observation,' said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer.
The order became effective April 20 after it was signed by Kaiser. The county clarified parks and trails remain open -- including parking lots.
'Golf is an iconic part of our destination, our history and our economy,' said Scott White, chief operating officer of Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. 'We sincerely appreciate the news that golf will be reopened to allow our residents the opportunity to return to the sport they love.'
-Compiled from RIVCO Public Health news release dated April 20.
April 18. Riverside County residents who do not have coronavirus symptoms but want to be tested will now be able to. Officials say expanded testing will give health experts a better idea of the extent of the illness in Riverside County.
Those who want to be tested must call 800.945-6171 for an appointment -- drive-ups without appointments will be turned away.
A fifth testing site has been added at the Blythe Fairgrounds. The other four County testing site locations are Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio (Tuesdays -Saturdays), Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore (Sundays-Thursdays), Harvest Christian Fellowship parking lot in Riverside (Tuesdays-Saturdays) and the Perris Fairgrounds (Tuesdays-Saturdays).
-Compiled from RIVCO Public Health news release dated April 17.
Photo: Making sense of non sense: Beaches closed, masks required
Thornhill Broome Beach, Malibu, March 2020. -Photo InterChurch News
Selected History of COVID-19 Local Public Health News Releases
(For complete list of PH orders, CDC News Release History)
August 20: Ten City Regional: Canyon Lake: Cases-78, Deaths-1; Hemet: Cases-1,418, Deaths-38; Lake Elsinore: Cases-1,009, Deaths-17; Menifee: Cases-1,151, Deaths-16; Moreno Valley: Cases-4,913, Deaths-61; Murrieta: Cases-971, Deaths-20; Perris: Cases-1,791, Deaths-32; Riverside (City): Cases-6,946, Deaths-177; Temecula: Cases-865, Deaths-8; Wildomar: Cases-472, Deaths-11. Ten City cumulative statistics: Cases-19,614, Deaths-381 (increase of 10,506 cases, 128 deaths since July 10 reporting period = Case Fatality Rate: 1.2%)
July 10: Ten City Regional: Canyon Lake: Cases-32, Deaths-0; Hemet: Cases-629, Deaths-27; Lake Elsinore: Cases-450, Deaths-10; Menifee: Cases-492, Deaths-7; Moreno Valley: Cases-2,232, Deaths-38; Murrieta: Cases-473, Deaths-10; Perris: Cases-795, Deaths-17; Riverside (CIty): Cases-3,387, Deaths-139; Temecula: Cases-420, Deaths-0; Wildomar: Cases-198, Deaths-5. Ten City cumulative statistics: Cases-9,108, Deaths-253 (increase of 5,530 cases, 70 deaths since June 3 reporting period = Case Fatality Rate: 1.4%).
June 3: Ten City Regional: Canyon Lake: Cases-12, Deaths-0; Hemet: Cases-282, Deaths-21; Lake Elsinore: Cases-180, Deaths-8; Menifee: Cases-180, Deaths-6; Moreno Valley: Cases-833, Deaths-24; Murrieta: Cases-124, Deaths-7; Perris: Cases-348, Deaths-7; Riverside (City): Cases-1393, Deaths-106; Temecula: Cases-150, Deaths-0; Wildomar: Cases-66, Deaths-4. Ten City cumulative statistics: Cases-3,578, Deaths-183 (increase of 571 cases, 28 deaths since May 22 reporting period = Case Fatality Rate: 5%).
May 22: Ten City Regional: Canyon Lake: Cases-12, Deaths-0; Hemet: Cases-241, Deaths-19; Lake Elsinore: Cases-153, Deaths-8; Menifee: Cases-147, Deaths-5; Moreno Valley: Cases-702, Deaths-22; Murrieta: Cases-115, Deaths-6; Perris: Cases-288, Deaths-5; Riverside (City): Cases-1,156, Deaths-86; Temecula: Cases-132, Deaths-0; Wildomar: Cases-61, Deaths-4. Ten City cumulative statistics: Cases-3,007, Deaths-155 (increase of 478 cases, 35 deaths since May 11 reporting period = Case Fatality Rate: 7.4%).
May 11: Ten City Regional: Canyon Lake: Cases-12, Deaths-0; Hemet: Cases-213, Deaths-14; Lake Elsinore: Cases-119, Deaths-7; Menifee: Cases-129, Deaths-4; Moreno Valley: Cases-588, Deaths-17; Murrieta: Cases-106, Deaths-4; Perris: Cases-232, Deaths-4; Riverside (City): Cases-961, Deaths-67; Temecula: Cases-111, Deaths-0; Wildomar: Cases-58, Deaths-4. Ten City cumulative statistics: Cases-2,529, Deaths-121 (increase of 878 cases, 63 deaths since April 24 reporting period = Case Fatality Rate: 7.2%).
April 24: Ten City Regional: Canyon Lake: Cases-9, Deaths-0; Hemet: Cases-162, Deaths-8; Lake Elsinore: Cases-87, Deaths-2; Menifee: Cases-97, Deaths-3; Moreno Valley: Cases-342, Deaths-13; Murrieta: Cases-89, Deaths-3; Perris: Cases-138, Deaths-2; Riverside (City): Cases-597, Deaths-25; Temecula: Cases-88, Deaths-0; Wildomar: Cases-42, Deaths-2. Ten City cumulative statistics: Cases-1,651, Deaths-58 (increase of 454 cases, 26 deaths since April 17 reporting period = Case Fatality Rate: 5.8%).
April 17: Ten City Regional: Canyon Lake: Cases-8, Deaths-0; Hemet: Cases-106, Deaths-3; Lake Elsinore: Cases-72, Deaths-2; Menifee: Cases-79, Deaths-1; Moreno Valley: Cases-249, Deaths-8; Murrieta: Cases-69, Deaths-2; Perris: Cases-99, Deaths-0; Riverside (City): Cases-407, Deaths-14; Temecula: Cases-78, Deaths-0; Wildomar: Cases-30, Deaths-2. Ten City cumulative statistics: Cases-1,197, Deaths-32 (increase of 511 cases, 18 deaths since April 12 reporting period = Case Fatality Rate: 3.6%).
April 12: Ten City Regional: Canyon Lake: Cases-4, Deaths-0; Hemet: Cases-31, Deaths-0; Lake Elsinore: Cases-51, Deaths-1; Menifee: Cases-50, Deaths-1; Moreno Valley: Cases-143, Deaths-4; Murrieta: Cases-52, Deaths-1; Perris: Cases-49, Deaths-0; Riverside (City): Cases-223, Deaths-6, Temecula: Cases-59, Deaths-0; Wildomar: Cases-24, Deaths-1. Ten City cumulative statistics: Cases-686, Deaths-14.
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