San Francisco’s COVID rise lower than in December, nonetheless excessive

San Francisco’s post-December surge is decrease than Thanksgiving’s, however coronavirus instances proceed to rise, metropolis officers stated Tuesday, including that the state’s stay-at-home order was more likely to final by means of January.

“The speed of enhance isn’t as extreme as after Thanksgiving,” Mayor London Breed stated at a information convention. “That is some excellent news.”

Nonetheless, she stated, the Bay Space stays in a “very troublesome” place. The area on Monday noticed near zero capacity in hospital intensive care units.

Dr. Grant Colfax, town’s director of public well being, stated coronavirus instances rose by 70% after Thanksgiving and have risen by 28% since Christmas and New 12 months’s.

The variety of hospitalized sufferers additionally continues to rise, he stated. Through the July surge, town had 114 COVID-19 sufferers in its hospitals, he stated. As of Monday, the quantity was greater than twice that, at 249.

“The present trajectory isn’t sustainable,” he stated.

Colfax stated town will open mass-vaccination websites as extra doses change into extra accessible.

Greater than 95% of San Franciscans will get hold of vaccinations from their non-public medical suppliers, he stated, and town will present them to the remainder of the inhabitants.

He stated town by means of its clinics will start providing vaccines this week to residents 65 and older.

Colfax additionally stated he anticipated town to stay underneath the state’s stay-at-home order by means of no less than the tip of the month.