As the coronavirus rises again in San Francisco again, city officials are looking for the worst possible outcome: mass infections by the fall, potential overload of the city health care system, and a sharp stalemate in the number of city deaths.
At a virtual press conference Thursday, the San Francisco Department of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax confirmed that the number of patients admitted to COVID is higher than ever, underlining the urgent need of city dwellers to self-correct in mitigating the spread of the virus. During the last peak in April, 94 people were hospitalized. Six weeks ago, that figure dropped to 26. But by the end of July, the number of hospital admissions had risen to 107. Of those, Colfax noted, a quarter are in intensive care.