These are the counties in the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, California metro area where COVID-19 is growing fastest

2022-02-26

After adding more than 561,000 new cases over the past week, the United States now has more than 77.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 930,000 COVID-19 related deaths – the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise, but at a slower rate. Over the past week, there have been an average of 31.4 new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 Americans – a decrease from the previous week, when there were an average of 60.3 new coronavirus cases per day. day for 100,000 people.

While COVID-19 has spread to almost all parts of the country, cities continue to experience major outbreaks. Experts agree the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people have close contact with each other on a regular basis, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at risk.

The San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, California metropolitan area includes Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, and two other counties. Over the past week, there have been an average of 8.0 new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 San Francisco residents, lower than the national figure. The average daily case growth in the metro area in the most recent week is a decrease from the previous week, when there were an average of 85.8 new daily cases per 100,000 San Francisco residents.

The spread of the coronavirus depends on various factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. In the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley metro area, COVID-19 is growing fastest in Contra Costa County. There have been an average of 28.6 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in Contra Costa County over the past week, the most of the five counties in San Francisco for which data is available.

The growth of cases in the San Francisco metro area varies widely at the county level. In San Mateo County, for example, there have been an average of 4.4 new cases per day per 100,000 population over the past week – the fewest of any county in San Francisco and far more than the rate of growing cases in Contra Costa County.

Just as Contra Costa County is driving the growth of COVID-19 in the San Francisco area, it also has the highest incidence of cases overall. As of Feb. 24, there were a total of 17,177.8 confirmed cases per 100,000 people in Contra Costa County, the most of the five counties in the metro area. For comparison, the United States has so far reported 24,014.4 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

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