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March 31, 2020

Thumbs up Bay Area

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Good news from the Bay Area front, from Politico:

After 14 days — the outermost period at which symptoms are believed to emerge post-infection — doctors at area hospitals are now reporting fewer cases than they expected to see at this point, and officials credit the lockdown with stemming the tide of patients they feared would flood into emergency rooms.

Stephen Parodi, a infectious disease doctor and associate executive director with The Permanente Medical Group in Northern California, said that Kaiser Permanente is “seeing a leveling off of Covid-19 cases in our hospitals” across Northern California, where it serves 4.5 million members. Kaiser has also seen calls related to colds and coughs drop by more than half since social distancing took effect, a key indicator that precedes hospitalization, he said.

And more:

Officially, hospital spokespeople are hesitant to identify trends. But individual doctors say the stay-at-home order has likely helped to keep numbers lower than they would be otherwise.

“It’s really the only thing we can point to that reliably would suggest that’s why we have fewer cases than other communities around the country,” said Jahan Fahimi, medical director of the emergency department at University of California, San Francisco’s Parnassus campus, which has about 15 patients with Covid-19, nine of them critically ill. “We’re definitely cautiously optimistic.”

Fahimi acknowledged that testing is still patchy, but said the low number of patients needing intensive care is evidence that the spread has been slower than feared.

And during this time hospitals have had the opportunity to ramp up capacity in temporary facilities in parking lots.

So even though we may not be testing up to the levels of other states, admissions to the hospitals are still low as well which means that either people have not contracted COVID-19 or the symptoms are mild enough to treat at home and not risk exposing the larger community by heading to the hospital.

It looks like the US is attempting to develop (and approve)an antibody test, but it feels much slower than the pace that other countries, namely Germany and the UK, have advanced.

Maybe the light at the end of the tunnel of all this is that the sciences and research and development will actually become important to the United States and that we’ll actually see substantial funding to help avoid another pandemic in the future.


  1. Did you know that the State of California destroyed or disposed of most of its stored emergency equipment and field hospitals because Governor Brown didn’t want to pay storage and maintenance costs?

    “Each hospital would be the size of a football field, with a surgery ward, intensive care unit and X-ray equipment. Medical response teams would also have access to a massive stockpile of emergency supplies: 50 million N95 respirators, 2,400 portable ventilators and kits to set up 21,000 additional patient beds wherever they were needed.”

    Comment by Nowyouknow — March 31, 2020 @ 7:50 am

    • I didn’t know that, but I know that if Brown spent money for a catastrophe that he couldn’t envision, you would excoriate him for it. Fact is California is handling this very well.

      If you want government to spend money on mitigating the carnage from unforeseen pandemics, pay up. If you want people to be better able to survive pandemics, support a universal health care system that is not driven by profits. If you want sick people to stay at home so everyone at work doesn’t get sick, support national paid sick leave. If you want healthy workers to stay home to prevent the spread of a fatal virus, support universal income supports.

      Failure to support any of this shows you don’t care. 174,278 is the new 15.

      Comment by Larry Witte — March 31, 2020 @ 9:20 am

  2. People ( at least here in Alameda ) are still acting like idiots over this thing. I live 3-4 blocks from the beach and I see a LOT of people walking along that frontage trail and they are practically rubbing shoulders. That and when I take a run I’ll often see somewhat large groups of bored teenagers hanging out. These days I tend to run in the middle of the roads because there’s simply way too many people out on the sidewalks, many with excited yelling children running about.

    Comment by john doe — March 31, 2020 @ 11:22 am

    • Not everybody needs to be 6′ apart …

      Comment by bayporter — April 2, 2020 @ 7:57 am

      • Oh really? So pray tell us exactly who doesn’t need to be 6 feet apart because if I’m not mistaken the CDC has made that recommendation. Curious minds want to know…

        Comment by john doe — April 2, 2020 @ 12:20 pm

        • Your quarantine partners. Are you really this ignorant or do you just play one online?

          Comment by bayporter — April 2, 2020 @ 7:11 pm

  3. I think the City of Alameda acquired some of this surplus equipment after the state got rid of it. It was stored out at Alameda Point. Have no idea what eventually happened to it.

    Comment by That Guy — March 31, 2020 @ 8:07 pm

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