Bay Area COVID cases continue to swell as pandemic lingers

There’s no relief for Bay Area counties on the COVID-19 front as the state’s latest numbers show new cases and hospitalizations driven by coronavirus subvariants continuing their run. steady ascent.

The Bay Area reported about 42 daily new cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday, up from 35 a week ago. Eight of the region’s nine counties are among those with the highest infection rates in California, with San Francisco reporting 54 daily cases per 100,000 people. Health officials say the true number of infections is likely much higher due to people testing at home or not getting tested at all.

The rising number of cases in the Bay Area came on the same day that the U.S. COVID death toll officially topped 1 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The number of people hospitalized in the city with COVID-19 rose to 76, from 61 last week. Across the Bay Area, there were 456 people with COVID in hospitals, a number that has been rising steadily since a lull in mid-April. Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Marin counties all saw substantial increases during this period.

San Francisco’s positive coronavirus test rate is now 11%. That’s more than double California’s overall rate of 5%, which is the threshold infectious disease experts consider acceptable for controlling the spread of the virus and represents a dramatic increase from the low of 2.4% at which the city sank after the winter thrust of omicron.

Dr. Susan Philip, San Francisco’s chief health officer, told The Chronicle last week that it’s unclear why the Bay Area is seeing significantly higher case rates than the rest of the state. , although officials think it could have to do with more infectious variants or more levels of testing.

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