San Francisco is delaying its reopening as coronavirus cases rise, according to Mayor London Breed.
Noting that San Francisco has seen a rise in cases, from 20 on June 15 to 103 on Thursday, Breed said in a series of tweets that at the current rate cases could double rapidly.
“If that continues and we don’t intervene, we’ll be at such a high number that our only option would be to shut down,” Breed said.
San Francisco had planned to continue reopening the city on Monday.
The mayor urged residents to wear face coverings, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene. Breed also encouraged essential workers and those with symptoms to get tested.
“I know people are anxious to reopen, I am too. But we can’t jeopardize the progress we’ve made,” Breed said. “Let’s protect each other so that we can safely reopen San Francisco.”
Despite San Francisco’s stay-at-home orders and various programs to flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases, the curve in the city is getting “quite steep,” Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said at a news conference Friday.
“We’ve talked about flattening that curve but that curve is not flat right now,” Colfax said. “In fact, that curve is getting more and more vertical.”
In the last couple of weeks, San Francisco has seen a near doubling in the rate of diagnosed infections, Colfax said.
There have been no indications that the rise in cases are tied to a specific facility or event, but health officials say the data within the next few days in particular will be critical to see whether the pattern is sustained.
“We’re taking a pause here, we’re not reversing, and I think we’re just going to have to watch the data,” Colfax said.