The city will post the revised health ordinance on its website by the end of the day on Wednesday, including final guidelines for reopening health and safety, officials said.
COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions have remained consistently low in San Francisco since early March and continued to decline in late April when eligibility for vaccines was expanded.
The city is now seeing an average of 26 new cases per day, the lowest rate since June 2020, before the first “summer surge,” health officials reported. And for the first time in over a year, the total number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Francisco has dropped below 20.
According to official figures, this advance is the direct result of vaccination efforts in San Francisco, where 72% of residents 16 and over received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, almost twice what it was six weeks ago. Meanwhile, 86% of the city’s residents over 65 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 73% are fully vaccinated, officials said.
“It was really amazing. San Francisco is doing a wonderful job with vaccinations,” Breed said at a press conference on Tuesday. “The more people are vaccinated, the more opportunities we have to get back into life as we know it.”
Still, she pleaded with residents who have not yet received the vaccine to schedule an appointment immediately, recognizing the challenge of reaching those who are still reluctant.
“But I tell you, this final scuffle of those who were reluctant to get the vaccine will continue to be our toughest time,” Breed said. “And that’s why we’re working with community organizations to get more creative about introducing people to the vaccine.”
She added, “The last thing I want to do is stand in front of a podium and tell everyone we have to close the city. So I’ll do everything I can to be careful to make sure this isn’t the.” Case is. ” happen. “
To underline this point, Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said the recent rollbacks in Oregon and Washington are dampening “city optimism” about declining vaccination rates and the emergence of new varieties in those states.
“We need to remain vigilant and increase vaccination rates even further to prevent the spread of COVID in San Francisco,” Colfax said in a statement.
A total of seven of the state’s 58 counties are now in the state’s least restrictive yellow tier. For a full list of San Francisco companies and activities that may reopen or add capacity, please visit here.
The news comes as Marin County, widely expected to move up to the yellow league along with San Francisco this week, announced that it would not be able to advance as it barely meets the state’s requirements escaped.
KQED’s Scott Shafer contributed to this story.