I napped through 30 of them. So far, so good.
Now they're probably melted, but I don't want to dishonor their memory with inaccuracies.
"I'm banging the virtual gavel here," Mayor Weaver says.
11 deaths; about 1% fatality rate which "tracks pretty closely with what we're seeing happen in other nations."
One thing that's Dif for us is % of ppl under 65 that have been hospitalized: 70% at this point
"Bc our testing in the U.S. is not at the same level, we are underestimating the total number of cases." Best estimates are 50X reported positives, Zayach says.
44% are 30-59
28% are 60+
20% will be more acute, and of those, we are seeing that fatality rate hold around 1%
Zayach addressing that, based of recent reports. "That's a little different than what we've seen at an international level and something that has concerned us."
But we are making sure as we get new info, we are addressing that in our communication strategies."
Yes, Zayach says. It will apply countywide, not just outside municipalities.
Zayach: Not positive, so I don't want to guess.
Dr. Vissers from BCH might be able to address later.
10-14 days in the ICU for ppl who make it there.
Boulder County has 450 beds. motherjones.com/environment/20…
Vissers: I've not seen specific predictions on that, but I've seen predictions on how it would knock down total number of cases.
How's that going to be handled vs. just someone trying to get to work, she asks.
"The model has been put together specific to every state in the nation." So maybe no more local data....? It was hard to understand him.
That's in response to Joseph q.
288 negatives; 32 positives
1 already discharged; patient doing well
2 in-patients now that we know are positive
11 patients being ruled out
The other doing well
"Strong likelihood" they were infected in community, likely through travel. Not at work
90-day supply of masks; "where we're really struggling is disposable gowns," Vissers says. Brainstorming alternatives.
Right now, we have 1,400.
Challenge with that is "ppl are still going to be having babies," needing other beds.
Vissers: Anything we can do to decompress hospital would be helpful.
Still "a lot of ppl out, gathering." BoCo Public Health focus will be on reducing that.
BCH is coordinating through volunteer services. "There's been so much response there that we put out recommendations."
"This may end up representing an important way to continue to protect ourselves and our employees.
Traffic up 58% from average, Brautigam said. 53% of all traffic is going to COVID site.
March 20: 1 person referred from Clinica
March 21: Expanded to BSH and SWS
March 23: Expanded screening to Longmont
SWS = Severe Weather Shelter (on 30th Street)
321.5 Total Volunteer Hours (staff and community volunteers)
• 157 hrs from community volunteers
• 164.5 hrs from staff volunteers
• 50+ shifts covered at CRC, Screeners and Drivers
Jan.1-Feb.28, 2019 Average = 68.92
Jan.1-Feb.29, 2020 Average = 93.85
(disclosure: I work as a paid consultant for EFAA)
"I would plead with the community to not take hand sanitizer from these facilities." Parks & rec are "having a difficult time" keeping soap and sanitizer at restrooms.
Firnhaber: Providers have told us that ppl in navigation dropped out bc shelter was open every night. "They didn't need it any more" bc, in their minds, cold-weather shelter "was always there."
Navigation: Used to average 38 individuals; now at 15.
Navigation: Used to average 38 individuals; now at 15."
Firnhaber: We've increased resources to EFAA. Some (other) funds can help ppl with rent assistance for up to 3 months.
"I'm not aware we've hit capacity," Firnhaber says.
Usually 3-5 beds empty.
Currently 7 at COVID unhoused center; we don't know how much that might increase.
Firnhaber: It would have to be on city property. Maybe parks and rec could answer that.
Firnhaber: We'll look into it.
Firnhaber: At this point, I can't promise that.
Anything we get, we'll pass on to you immediately.
The rest at CRC are all 8 hours. One of the reasons for that is bc protective equipment is in such high demand; we can't have more shifts and deplete those supplies.
Firnhaber: Ppl who are not yet unhoused go to EFAA — families and individuals.
Firnhaber: Luckily, I don't think we are yet.
County has more info on that bc they handle those cases, Firnhaber says.
- Cash payments to families
- Increased loans to business through SBA
- Expansion of unemployment insurance benefits
- Increased funding for state and local gov't
- Increased resources for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to people affected by the pandemic
Evictions: Polis has "encouraged" local gov't to not allow resources to be used to enforce those. Boulder County courts are not accepting those cases.
Castillo: Rebates could help with that
• 96% have ≤ 50 employees
• 78% ≤ 10 employees
• Small businesses provide approximately half of the
jobs and roughly 40% of wages in Boulder
• Businesses with 50 or more employees represent 4% of Boulder businesses
Retail businesses generate sales and use tax contribute 50% of general fund revenues (excluding utilities)
Castillo: Governor has sent "strong messaging" on that. Colorado Legislature is considering reconvening and "adding teeth" to governor's words.
Castillo: I'll get back to you.
Boulder Chamber sent a survey to local biz. 308 responses.
Here's what biz need right now:
Resources for operating expenses
Resources to assist impacted employees
Information on safe operations
"A plan for the future"
That goes for residential landlords, too. Who TF is trying to move right now? Won't those units just sit empty anyway?
I don't have that much cash but I do intend to order some to-go margs soon. Drink at home alone for your country! It's the patriotic thing to do.
Wallach: You sold me.
There will be a call line to refer qs to.
Brautigam: We mirrored Denver's order.
Brautigam: I don't think there will be ppl at RTD checking where you're going. If that's your only way to get someplace, I think that would be fine.
We'll be working with county to see what's necessary in Boulder.
Carr: There are First Amendment concerns with gov't ordering ppl not to worship.
Brautigam: We're looking at that for affordable units.
We are continuing to be able to operate and review and process permits. We did 34 reviews just today.
I tackled this yesterday, quite well I think.
Stay-at-home "seems clearer to ppl, what they're supposed to do."
"The view is, it's the same thing."
Says this is in response to concerns from community members.
Raising the idea of a rent holiday.
"So I don't know what the answer is, but it's important we ask the questions."
Additionally, I'm concerned we don't have authority or power. My understanding is we don't have power to alter private contracts.
"I don't think we know enough to go down that road."
On commercial side, it's "simple." No landlord who throws someone out is going to make $$ by doing so.
I didn't see that coming. But she is an attorney, so....
Where did that come from?!? Someone help me out here.
Pretty sure there are like 20,000 rental units in Boulder. I seem to remember ~40,000 units overall, and a bit more than half of ppl are renters.... ?
But we should be ready to step in.
It's something feds do every 30-40 years, and this is one such time.
I think that's the end of the COVID-related business for tonight, so I'mma start a new thread for whatever else they do. @threadreaderapp please unroll. Thanks!