Report from San Diego

Last I heard, San Diego County only has had seven deaths, and for California’s second largest city, that is amazing.

San Diego has, as you probably know, tremendous medical facilities and huge capacity so I hope LA, and San Francisco are spreading their overworked staffs and overburdened patients with us. Already we have disembarked five cruise ships and examined the passengers and crew. Just yesterday a disembarked cruise ship that reported no virus actually had both a crew member and a passenger with the virus.

We have only 603 cases countywide and with luck the medical and private industry will have more success in finding solutions. Just today the President announced that a private company was authorized to clean and sanitize face masks at a rate of 120,000 a day per machine and they have four machines. A mask can be revitalized as many as 20 times. This will instantly ease the mask shortage!

The longer we can delay disaster, the more innovative industry can ramp up to fight the disease

Fiction

While the hospital ship, USS Mercy is in Los Angeles on COVID-19 duty, it uses medical staff from the Navy’s Medical Center in San Diego, commonly called Balboa. This of course diminishes the medical staff available for the largest Naval community in the world, San Diego.

The Mercy on this coast, and the Comfort on the East Coast, don’t have Doctors of their own, they must find Doctors and medical staff elsewhere. Just like Ventilators, there is no “stash” of Doctors. If the Navy runs short they will call up Reservists and they will come from your local hospital.

I remember writing Washington about a “Ghost” C-B Battalion, made up entirely of ship-fitters at Mare Island. They were too important to the Navy to be called up, but they were on the books as a reserve fighting force. They were being counted twice, sort of a widely acceptable fiction. Of course the Navy in Washington never replied to me, except when I got in trouble. (Often.)