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With COVID-19 variants on the rise, Santa Clara County faces race to vaccinate

Original post made on Apr 1, 2021

Santa Clara County has seen a rise in residents infected with COVID-19 variants, a sign that efforts to curb the pandemic remain precarious, county public health leaders said Thursday.

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Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2021 at 5:52 pm

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These dangerous variants are one of the main reasons I have been concerned about unvaccinated parents sending their children back to school to end this school year. The CDC promotes schools as a bastion of safety even changing their distancing guidance to 3 feet for children while in school. Yet earlier this week the CDC director said the following while holding back tears: “Now is one of those times when I have to share the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will listen. I’m going to pause here. I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom.”

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In my opinion, Walensky’s language is remarkable. She said she was going to “lose the script”—in other words, throw out the talking points drawn up by the Biden administration who have been stating that the United States is nearing completion of the fight against coronavirus, and that by July 4, things will be “back to normal.”

What is so terrible in the facts and figures being collected by the CDC that it would bring the cdc director to tears at a public press briefing at the White House? What does she know that the Biden administration is not telling the American people? Is it a proliferation of the UK variant across the United States and is what is happening in Michigan currently a signal of what is to come for all of the U.S.?

Now today we are receiving another warning of a surge by our local health leader Dr. Cody. I know school is important for children, but to any unvaccinated parents out there, please consider holding out until the Fall if you can. If what is happening in Michigan is a glimpse of our Covid future, they have had many outbreaks in their schools. It sounds like all gloom and doom, but I am concerned about these warnings. I’m worried about everyone’s health and safety. Hopefully, the pace of vaccinations will also keep increasing.

Posted by chini
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

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>> the state has received more than 500,000 doses of the J&J vaccine
Do we have statistics on the 500,000 doses of J&J: Are they sitting in storage? Have they been administered? Since Gov Newsom got a J&J shot is there a way to know where they remaining 499,999 doses are and how I can get one?

Posted by Leland J.
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:29 pm

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Walensky was moved to tears for one reason: it made for good political theater and virtue signaling.

Covid is here. It’s a fact of life, a risk to be managed like anything else. Between vaccines and treatments, we will be fine.

Politicians like Walensky and Cody would be well served to spend less time building followers on Twitter and more time doing operational work of managing the crisis without hyperbole.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 1, 2021 at 7:50 pm

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According to the SJ Mercury News, Santa Clara and Solano counties have the lowest rates of vaccinations in the state with Marin and Napa the highest. East Palo being the lowest in the area at only 25%. Carmel and Healdsburg are warning of $100 fines for going about unmasked.

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 1, 2021 at 11:18 pm

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@Leland You write "Between vaccines and treatments, we will be fine". I'm not aware of effective treatments that will e.g. reduce ICU bed use by 50 or 75%. What did you have in mind?
On the vaccine side, the greater the number of infected people out there, the greater the chance of more dangerous variants appearing. Once a variant's spike protein is different enough from the vaccine, we've got to make a new vaccine and likely re-vaccinate everyone. It then becomes a game of whack-a-mole, with a race between distributing a new vaccine and spread of a new variants. Reducing spread by simple measures such as mask wearing (especially indoors!) will help the vaccine side win the race. It's obvious many of us are cutting back on mask wearing already, with sad consequences for us all.

Posted by jr1
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 2, 2021 at 10:50 am

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The County Health Director (Dr. Cody) during the last year has gone a little overboard with her changes while not providing any backup for her opinions and rulings. If she is going to issue more directives, she needs to start providing all the backup for everyone to examine. She seems to be responsive to politicians lacks any responsiveness to us. She is supposed to be responsive to the community. She seems to feel, she doesn't need to answer any questions from the community.

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 2, 2021 at 3:38 pm

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For those of you who can think for yourselves I would suggest taking a look at the link below, which has been fact checked.

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Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 2, 2021 at 5:55 pm

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@ WWTDN There is no "analysis" at your linked site, just MSNBC videos. What is your point?

Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 2, 2021 at 6:26 pm

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You can't really blame Dr. Cody for being the way she is. She has no business telling citizens what to do in the first place, as that's the job of elected officials (with advice from her). But our esteemed County Supervisors turned out to be a little cowardly, and foisted Dr. Cody into the public eye to do the "dirty" work. No politician wants to lose votes over things like travel restrictions, destroying businesses, etc, so they put Cody out there, since she's not elected. It's shameful behavior, but that's SCC politics I guess.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 2, 2021 at 6:40 pm

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Santa Clara County has been slow to vaccinate, shown favoritism to select groups, ethic groups and also shorted northern Santa Clara County, ALSO disrupting Kaiser and then thrown 60-64 year olds under the bus. That’s a SERIOUS health risk for us.
Disgusted with their Ageist policies, which do not follow the Science and do endanger greater group 50+.
So what that they just “opened” vax to 50+, it’s late, it’s a brief period and an insane situation to try to book appointments.
Poorly done here and they don’t care.
If you’re focused on the “underserved,” then why could cities like rich Danville, Blackhawk over in Contra Costa County get lavished with vaccines - while Palo Alto and environs people scolded to “wait” -
Stanford Healthcare and PAMF were shorted doses repeatedly,
as if we are evil by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors!?
Cc County vaccinated by AGE, ahead of SC County. THAT’S following the Science. I know they blathered about federal vaccines, well, why didn’t OUR elected representatives deign to advocate for northern Santa Clara County!? They clearly did NOT.
All our peers/friends/family in other states and several countries 50+ have been vaccinated already!
Our fed and state politicians lift huge tax $$$ from hardworking Silicon Valley, yet mismanage vaccinating us and are endangering some of us. This, while they happily “open the state” to vaccinated persons.
We 50-64 must remain very careful for more months (since we are lagged behind months with respect to completing vax process) -
all as others go about, travel, dine out securely, see doctors, friends, attend the Giants, party, potentially endangering us should they affect us. AND feel fairly secure.
At least care about the safety of the 50-64 cohort as you go about. Some of us will be competing w Stanford students for vax very shortly, how unfair.

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 2, 2021 at 6:46 pm

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@ Mondoman ... the link works when I click on it.

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Posted by Leland J.
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 2, 2021 at 7:12 pm

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Responding to a few posters:

The FDA has moved very slowly on treatments. Monoclonal antibodies work. There is strong anecdotal evidence that Ivermectin also reduces severity of the illness significantly. Plus of course the vaccines reduce severity and hospitalizations tremendously. This is already showing; death and hospital rates are falling even as cases increase. That's the point of vaccines!

The point of my post was clear: our politicians and public health officials have had months, over a year actually, to plan mass testing, tracing, and inoculations. But we're falling short in many ways, and continue to do so. If these folks spent as much time working on sourcing vaccines, and pulling together the resources to actually administer them, instead of doing overwrought press conferences straight out of bad Hollywood movies, we would be in a much better place.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 2, 2021 at 7:21 pm

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"Stanford Healthcare and PAMF were shorted doses repeatedly, as if we are evil by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors!?"

The fault there lies in the lack of coordination between county and State and their very belated recognition that with 40%+ of Californians getting their health care from big STATE-wide providers like Sutter, Kaiser and Stanford outside the counties' jurisdiction, 40% of us were falling through the cracks!

@Anonymous, otherwise you're right. It's been a pathetic long-running comedy of errors -- Stanford blaming its "algorithms" for ignoring patient-facing workers, the County relying on the office of County Supe Joe Simitian do tell them their systems have been down for days, it taking MyTurn a month to made out codes, zop code discrimination ...

Posted by AnonymousPerson
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2021 at 11:11 am

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This is all so confusing.

The guidance from Santa Clara County is that you don't even have to wear a mask when you are outside anymore (as long as you are "6 feet apart", which really means nothing). Many restrictions have been lifted. Most people I know are now socializing with others and living their lives again and are completely unaware of any of these concerns that Sarah Cody has. They literally point to the guidelines that say that gatherings are allowed, masks are not required, etc.

So all of these things that Sarah Cody said in this press conference are not being broadcast out to the larger community. Perhaps SCC should not have lifted the mask requirements so quickly given that the majority of people are still unvaccinated.

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Apr 6, 2021 at 8:21 pm

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Yesterday, through Kaiser, I booked my first Phiser dose at Sacramento Expo Center today. Yes, 290 miles round-trip if you drive around all the tolls, but worth it! the whole process over there, took almost no wait at all. drive in, get the shot, walk back to car, and drive out. maybe 15 min. No regrets, I'd do it again. I'll prove it in 3 weeks, and 290 more miles. Stupid Santa Clara County...

Posted by Leland J.
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 6, 2021 at 9:25 pm

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Everyone is getting vaccines... in other counties and “red” parts of the state where they actually have their acts together. Santa Clara doing the least with the most. Pathetic.

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Apr 7, 2021 at 5:57 am

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Indeed, and I can't figure out why. Can't be population alone. I know people in LA County and Cleveland OH, younger than me, who already got the vaccine. It also can't be the blue state thing--Sacramento is the capital city, and they are vaccinating people under 60 with 1 day appointments! Can't be lack of wealth to cover govt. expenses, who has more property taxes than us? Is it just politically correct to make excuses for the ineptness of Santa Clara County? You know, our ineptness is fully sustainable and locally sourced, something like that?

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Apr 7, 2021 at 10:12 am

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Does the headline writer know the meaning of the word 'race'?

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