Where’s the Science Newsom? California’s COVID Cases Are Exploding Despite Brutal Lockdowns

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    This has been a year full of American “victories” that none of us would ever want to celebrate. This report paints a pretty bleak picture at the moment.

    “Last week, the state reported the nation’s fourth-highest number of daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven day period, but California jumped to first place when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its case per capita tracker Saturday.”

    According to the CDC update from Saturday, California has reported an average of 100.5 daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, which places it comfortably ahead of second-place Tennessee, which saw an average of 89.6 daily cases per 100,000 residents over the same time period.

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    California’s daily case-per capita figure is actually down from the 109.3 mark it was at last week, which is likely due to reporting delays caused by the Christmas holiday,” their report concludes. California is now in the midst of a winter surge that is making the initial spring and summer surges look like child’s play.

    “As of Monday, more than 19,750 patients were hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus in California, including 4,228 treated in intensive care units. Both totals are now officially more than double the peak observed during the summer surge when about 7,200 were hospitalized with 2,050 in intensive care,” the Sacramento Bee reports.

    In the Central Valley and Southern California, ICU availability is nonexistent. The current three-week lockdown has yet to be extended but we would be willing to bet that it will be before long. The guidelines for ending a lockdown of this nature are pretty cut and dry. Until ICU availability rises to at least 15 percent, they are going to remain in place.

    So why is this happening in a state that has taken the virus seriously from the beginning? They were one of the first to shut everything down and Governor Newsom has been patting himself on the back for it ever since. Politico has more. “The turnabout has confounded leaders and health experts. They can point to any number of reasons that contributed to California’s surge over the past several weeks. But it is hard to pinpoint one single factor — and equally hard to find a silver bullet…”

    In Los Angeles, officials have said all along that people were gathering too often. They blamed celebrations and postseason viewing parties when the Dodgers and Lakers won championships this fall.

    Some have blamed the strict rules themselves, saying that cooped-up Californians couldn’t take it any longer and decided they need to live their lives. Others have said congregant settings remain a severe concern in a housing-constrained state, especially in low-income communities where residents live in tight quarters and must continue to work in-person to survive…

    Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) argued that the state’s attempt to “shut down types of human interaction without seeing if that’s effective” was creating a backlash of sorts — “driving people to higher-risk activity” like gathering indoors at home, rather than places like restaurants.”

    There’s probably a decent amount of truth to that. There is cell phone data that proves it. According to data company Unacast, which measures factors like change in average mobility based on distance traveled, change in nonessential visits, and the difference in encounter density, there is only one county in the Bay Area that is receiving an “A” grade.

    Meanwhile, if you asked us to point to a key factor that led to the current situation? We would point to the rampant Democrat hypocrisy that has caused people to lose faith. Many lawmakers have preached to people about the importance of staying indoors, only to flaunt those rules when it suits them.

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Governor Newsom were both caught in the act of disobeying their own orders. It’s not hard to connect the dots between this type of behavior and the current disillusionment. As long as state leaders are behaving this way, more and more people are going to think that they can fudge the rules, too.

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