San Francisco Health Director Warns of ‘Catastrophic Situation’ as Coronavirus Cases Surge

A nearly emptied Geary Boulevard is seen as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in San Francisco, California, U.S. April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

San Francisco Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax on Thursday provided a grim outlook to the city’s rising COVID-19 case rates as well as announcing a mandatory 10-day quarantine for anyone traveling from outside of the city.

Dr. Colfax said San Francisco’s current coronavirus cases and ICU capacity were at the highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

“We, unfortunately, have yet to see a downturn. We are averaging an extremely high case rate [with] 242 cases per day. That is the highest average we’ve had since the outset of the pandemic,” said Colfax.

Cases have increased by 50% since the Thanksgiving holiday and 27% in just the past week, though Colfax noted that the rate of increase has slowed slightly.

“This indicates that we still have time to turn this dire situation around and, as a result, save hundreds of lives,” Colfax said.

California hit another record high for COVID deaths with 379 confirmed in the past 24 hours. Additionally, more than 52,000 new cases were reported Thursday. The state’s positivity rate now stands at 11.5%.

Despite adopting the state’s stay-at-home order early, San Francisco’s numbers have continued to climb.

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