Cases of COVID in the bay area, increased hospitalizations. How far will they go?

Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are rising again in the bay area as the region enters what public health officials say is the sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Francisco now has the second highest infection rate in California, with an average of 40 new cases per 100,000 population, according to state data released Friday, behind nearby Santa Cruz County, which reported 43 per 100,000.

The two counties reported only 3 cases per 100,000 a month a month ago.

“I’m amazed that it’s growing as much as it is,” said Dr. George Rutherford, a UCSF infectious disease expert.

The counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin and San Mateo, as well as Santa Cruz, had moved to the “moderate” level of COVID’s presence in the community as of Friday, as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. of US Diseases. The calculation is based on case rates and hospitalizations. At this level, the agency recommends that high-risk people re-use masks inside public spaces.

The nine counties in the Bay Area, plus those surrounding the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and virtually the entire California coast, are also classified as “high” virus community transmission rates, according to one metric. separate from the CDC.

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