These are the counties in the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, California metro area where COVID-19 is growing fastest
After adding more than 2,974,000 new cases over the past week, the United States now has more than 74.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 880,000 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 165.5 new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 Americans – a decrease from the previous week, when there were an average of 235.2 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 200.2 new coronavirus cases each day per 100,000 San Francisco residents, which is higher 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 256.4 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 San Mateo County. There have been an average of 227.4 new cases per day per 100,000 population in San Mateo 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 metropolitan area is relatively even at the county level. In Marin County, for example, there have been an average of 166.5 new cases per day per 100,000 population over the past week – the fewest of any county in San Francisco but relatively in line with the growth rate of case in San Mateo County.
While San Mateo County is driving the growth of COVID-19 in the San Francisco area, it does not have the highest incidence of cases overall. As of Feb. 3, there were a total of 15,253.9 confirmed cases per 100,000 people in San Mateo County, the second of five counties in the metro area. For comparison, the United States has so far reported 23,032.9 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.