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COVID-19: San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA metro area among the safest in America


The United States reported more than 1,167,000 new coronavirus cases in the seven days ending February 15, bringing the total number to more than 77.0 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 912,000 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 69.1 new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 Americans — a decrease from the previous week, when there were an average of 116.2 new coronavirus cases per day. day for 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost all parts of the country, cities continue to see major outbreaks and superspreader events. 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 different 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. As of Feb. 15, there were 15,661.9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 San Francisco residents, the ninth-lowest rate of the 383 metropolitan areas for which data is available. For comparison, the United States has so far reported 23,864.1 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on various factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. In the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley metro area, Contra Costa County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of Feb. 15, there were 16,925.2 cases per 100,000 people in Contra Costa County, the most of all San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley counties, and far more than the county with the lowest incidence. . In Marin County, there were 13,650.7 cases per 100,000 population — the fewest of all San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley counties.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job losses and record unemployment. In the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley metro area, unemployment peaked at 13.3% in April 2020. In November 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 4.8%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, California metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from national health departments and local. We’ve ranked metropolitan areas by the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. The demographic data used to adjust the case and death totals come from the US Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.