San Francisco joined four other counties in the Bay Area and the city of Berkeley on Friday afternoon to announce a new lockdown ahead of a state mandate to maintain intensive care beds.
Mayor London Breed said the city had enough ICU beds available and could have waited longer. “If we wait a week or two for these restrictions to be placed on us, it just means our numbers are higher and harder to cut.”
Starting Sunday at 10 p.m., the San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Contra Costa boroughs will be starting their new home stay orders. Alameda County and Berkeley will follow on Monday, Marin County on Tuesday. Orders remain in place until January 4th, but can be extended.
- All indoor and outdoor meals will be suspended, but takeaway and delivery may continue.
- Retail spaces can remain open, but only with 20% capacity and strict measurement to limit the number of people inside.
- Gyms, salons, barbershops, and similar indoor and outdoor services will be suspended.
- Outdoor playgrounds, zoos, skate parks and the like will also be closed.
- Schools that are already open can remain open. Those who are certified to open are allowed to do so.
Dr. Grant Colfax, the director of the San Francisco Department of Health, said there was no time to waste. “We have a window. However, we estimate we have about a week left to stabilize the current flow of COVID-19 patients, ”he said. “San Francisco COVID-19 hospital stays have increased 35%. If we allow the virus to spread at this rate, we will likely run out of intensive care beds in our nine-hospital system by December 26th. By January 4th, there will be about 200 sick people in San Francisco in need of a hospital bed. And if things continue on this path, 1,600 people in San Francisco could need hospital beds by February 4. “
He said San Francisco will receive approximately 12,000 doses of vaccine over the next two weeks, but these are limited to those at high risk. “California is ensuring these initial supplies are made available to those at direct exposure to exposure from their work in healthcare and long-term facilities, including nursing homes. This includes clinical and non-clinical workers, from doctors and nurses to food delivery staff to janitors. “It will be months before the general population can be vaccinated.
Breed urged the Franciscans to weather the recent storm in hopes of receiving vaccines in the months ahead. “This may be the last test we as a city face in this pandemic. And we must do everything we can to make sure we don’t face unnecessary tragedy before this is over. “
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