Coronavirus: Major declines in San Francisco fuel Bay Area’s recent progress

The Bay Area hit two milestones in its battle with COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The region’s 10 counties, including Santa Cruz, reported their fewest cases in a single day since late-June, while there were fewer deaths reported in the past week than any other seven-day period since mid-July, according to data compiled by this news organization.

Altogether, there were 300 new cases and an additional 16 fatalities from the virus around the region on Wednesday, which decreased each seven-day average to about 450 cases and six deaths per day, or a total of 43 deaths over the past week.

In the past two weeks, the Bay Area has reduced its average daily cases by about 10%, active hospitalizations by about 17% and average daily deaths by about 43%. Statewide, the seven-day average of cases had crept slightly higher than it was two weeks ago: about 3,340 per day, or about 3% more than two weeks ago, though it remained in the plateau range that it has been in for a little over a month.

The number of patients hospitalized across California has increased for two consecutive days, according to data reported by the California Department of Public Health, but the 2,239 confirmed COVID-19 patients Tuesday were still about 6% fewer than two weeks ago.

In San Francisco, there has been a dramatic drop off in hospitalizations and cases in the past two weeks, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate is now under 1%. The number of patients hospitalized in San Francisco has fallen by 55% in the past two weeks to 27 on Tuesday, according to CDPH — its fewest active hospitalizations since the state began tracking hospital data at the beginning of April.

San Francisco’s average daily cases have fallen by nearly as much: a 52% drop in the past two weeks, to about 25 per day — fewer than any county in the state with an equal or greater population and among the 10 lowest per-capita infection rates in the state.

There were 21 fewer deaths reported around the region Wednesday than a week ago, which caused the large drop in the seven-day average. Of the 43 total over the past week, 10 have come in Santa Clara County and there have been nine in each San Francisco and Contra Costa County. Alameda County added 11 to its death toll Wednesday, but that came after it adjusted its count down by 10 deaths earlier in the week.

The rest of the core Bay Area has also seen its cases and hospitalizations continue to fall or hold steady over the past two weeks, but in the North Bay, Solano and Sonoma counties each reported more active hospitalizations and cases than two weeks ago.

Sonoma County has one of the highest per-capita infection rates in the state over the past week — nearly 15 cases per 100,000 residents per day — and has increased by about 30% from two weeks ago. It has added six hospital patients in that time, or a 33% gain, to 23 as of Tuesday.

In Solano County, active hospitalizations have increased 72% in the past two weeks to 31 on Tuesday, while new cases are up about 17% in that time. Its per-capita rate was still nearly half that of its North Bay neighbor: about 8 cases per 100,000 residents per day.

In the whole Bay Area, there were about 5.6 infections per 100,000 residents per day over the past week, while California’s per-capita rate was about 8.5 per 100K. Nationally, the rate had grown higher than any county in California except for one: about 16.2/100K. (In Shasta County, the rate is about 30.2/100K.)

The U.S. case count grew by more than 100,000 in the past 48 hours to more than 7.9 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. Wednesday was also the first day with more than 1,000 deaths reported nationwide in about three weeks, pushing the cumulative death toll past 216,000, according to Johns Hopkins.

Source: mercurynews
Coronavirus: Major declines in San Francisco fuel Bay Area’s recent progress