San Francisco has the lowest rate of COVID-19 deaths per cases of any major city in the United States.
When asked how the city could keep its rate so low during a press conference with Mayor London Breed Tuesday afternoon, Health Officer Dr. Colfax said it was due to a “combination of factors.”
Firstly, he wanted to, “Express gratitude to the hospital systems across the city, the hospital leadership across the city…which really came together early in the pandemic.”
Dr. Colfax explained, “We figured out how to coordinate together and be as responsive as possible to health care needs in terms of the intensive care units and medical surge beds that would need to be available.”
Additionally, he acknowledged, “We have world-class medical facilities in the city” and that “The state of the art care for COVID-19 is being done here.”
San Francisco has excellent care facilities and “Compared to other cities, excellent access to hospitals, including at Zuckerberg San Francisco General [Hospital and Trauma Center].”
Noting we are not finished with COVID-19 Dr. Colfax said, “While there is more to be done, our access to health care, to testing, to hospital systems, is very high compared to other jurisdictions.”
“I’m so grateful that to the fact that we do have a lower death rate and let’s work to keep it that way,” said Dr. Colfax.
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Mark Ghaly announced another county besides San Francisco is doing well.
Marin county will move from the purple (widespread) tier to the red (substantial) tier. Dr. Ghaly expects more movement within tiers next week, especially from red (substantial) to orange (moderate) and orange (moderate) to yellow (minimal). Inyo and Tehama counties will also move to the red tier along with Marin. San Francisco is in the red (substantial) tier keeping some non-essential indoor business operations closed.
With all the good news it is necessary to keep a guard up as flu season approaches.
“SF Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax says the number of daily coronavirus cases “slowly” trending down, but there has been a 29% + in hospitalizations”, tweeted KTVU.
It is important to wear a mask, physically distance, wash your hands, and minimize mixing.
Overall California recorded 2,235 new coronavirus cases out of 121,981 coronavirus tests on September 15th. On a 7-day average, the state has 3,474 new cases daily and has a 3.6% positivity rate over a 14-day period.
California COVID-19, By The Numbers:
🔹 Confirmed cases to date: 760,013
🔹 Note: Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed
— CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) September 15, 2020