Our Team decided to do something a bit "different' for this special Friday Edition of Notations which we hope all enjoy as our home state of California reopens--the latest out of the New York Times provides a snapshot:
By Jill Cowan
Over the past couple of weeks, amid the continuing roller coaster ride that is the vaccine distribution, not to mention some intense winter weather, California has also been taking some of its biggest strides toward reopening.
Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have fallen significantly, and state officials pointed to data suggesting those trends are likely to continue as they explained their abrupt announcement last week that the state was lifting its stringent regional stay-at-home orders.
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California’s average positivity rate over the last two weeks is 6.9 percent, after peaking at 14 percent on Jan. 8. Intensive care units, according to state models, are expected to have much more capacity by the beginning of March. Health care workers, nursing home residents and others who are at significant risk of getting seriously sick from Covid-19 are getting vaccinated, even if it’s not at the rate we want.
Still, state officials have warned repeatedly that we’re not out of the woods yet and they’ve urged Californians not to let their guard down on Super Bowl Sunday. There are also those virus variants, which are cause for concern.
Nevertheless, outdoor dining has resumed, there’s no longer a total ban on gathering, people can get haircuts indoors, and some schools have welcomed students back to classrooms.
So here are some scenes from what we can all hope will be the last reopening.
[If you missed it, here’s what to know about the process this time.]