Thursday, May 28, 2020

Fruitvale struggles with COVID

I guess that it's good to see that others are as worried about this as I am: Twelve workers at Oakland Cardenas Markets test positive for COVID-19

The outbreak, which has not been previously reported, comes as Alameda County struggles with a spike in coronavirus cases. The 94601 zip code, where the market is located, has been the epicenter of that surge, with total of 290 COVID-19 cases — a rate of 519 cases per 100,000 residents, by far the highest of any zip code in the county, according to health department data.

News of the cluster stunned Oakland Councilman Noel Gallo, who represents the Fruitvale District. 

It may have stunned Mr. Gallo, but it is, however, pretty obvious in the data. It's not like Alameda County has been hiding the data, if you want to see it here it is

As recently as May 8, zip 94601 had only 125 cases, while today it is at 302. That's a 140% increase in just 3 weeks.

Other Oakland zip codes are very scary in the last 2 weeks, too:
  1. zip 94621, the Coliseum BART area, was at 92 cases on May 8 and is at 153 now, a 60% increase
  2. 94603, the East Oakland area, was at 58 cases on May 8 and is at 127 now, a 120% increase
Viewed from this perspective, zip 94544, which for months has been the worst-affected zip in Alameda County, was at 260 cases on May 8 and is at 381 now, which is certainly a frightening increase, but in percentage terms it's only increased 45% in 3 weeks.

I hope Oakland can get this under control soon.

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