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


After adding more than 455,000 new cases in the past week, the United States now has more than 44.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 710,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 – the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to increase at a steady rate. Over the past week, there were an average of 27.7 new cases of coronavirus per day per 100,000 Americans – essentially unchanged from the previous week, while there were an average of 28.5 new cases of coronavirus per day per 100,000 people.






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As COVID-19 has spread to almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the scene of major epidemics. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in groups where large numbers of people are in 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.

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The San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, California metropolitan area consists of 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 cases of coronavirus per day per 100,000 San Francisco residents, lower than the national figure. The metro area’s average daily growth in cases in the most recent week is essentially unchanged from the previous week, when there was an average of 9.6 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 metropolitan area, COVID-19 is growing fastest in Contra Costa County. There have been an average of 10.2 new cases per day per 100,000 population in Contra Costa County over the past week, most of San Francisco’s five counties for which data is available.

The growth of cases in the San Francisco metro area varies at the county level. In Marin County, for example, there were an average of 6.0 new cases per day per 100,000 people last week – the least of all counties in San Francisco and more than the rate of growth of cases in the 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 October 20, there were a total of 8,687.6 confirmed cases per 100,000 population in Contra Costa County, most of the five counties in the metropolitan area. By comparison, the United States has so far reported 13,751.2 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the shutdown of thousands of consumer-oriented businesses. These measures have led to widespread job losses and record unemployment. Unemployment in Contra Costa County peaked at 14.5% in April 2020. As of June 2021, the county’s unemployment rate was 6.9%.

To determine which county in each metropolitan area has the fastest growing COVID-19, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked the counties based on the average number of new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the seven days ending October 20. To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated the data from the county level using boundary definitions. from the US Census Bureau. The demographics used to adjust the case and death totals are from the 2019 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is not seasonally adjusted.

These are all of the counties in California where COVID-19 is slowing (and getting even worse).

Rank in MSA county Population New daily cases per 100,000, week ending October 20 New daily cases per 100,000, week ending October 13 Cumulative cases per 100,000 Cumulative deaths per 100,000
1 Contra Costa County 1,142,251 10.2 12.2 8 687.6 86.0
2 San Francisco County 874 961 8.1 9.7 6 175.2 73.7
3 Alameda County 1,656,754 7.3 9.0 7 236.3 82.9
4 San Mateo County 767,423 6.6 7.8 7,014.1 81.1
5 Marin County 259,943 6.0 7.6 6 763.4 93.5

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