As the delta variant continues to rise and vaccinations slow, COVID-19 continues to spread through the population. To date, 39,300,300 cases of the virus have been reported nationwide – and that number is growing every day.
In the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area, located in California, a total of 312,200 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there were 6,681 reported infections per 100,000 people in the region – below the national rate of 12,012 cases per 100,000 people.
Even though San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward has fewer COVID-19 infections per capita than the national average, some parts of the metro area appear to be at higher risk than others.
The larger San Francisco metropolitan area includes five counties or county equivalents, which may include independent cities – and among them, Contra Costa County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 90,247 infections in Contra Costa County, or 7,964 per 100,000 people.
However, a relatively high infection rate does not necessarily mean that per capita deaths from COVID-19 are higher in Contra Costa County than in the entire San Francisco area. There have been a total of 77 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 population in Contra Costa County, which translates to 77 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area.