On the positive news front, the average number of new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in San Francisco, which had climbed to a pandemic high of 371 per day two weeks ago, is on the decline and could drop back under 200 new cases per day for the first time since early December next week.
At the same time, local hospitalizations are on the decline as well. But there are still over 200 local hospital beds currently occupied by COVID-19 patients and at least 53 people in an ICU.
And while the ICU availability in San Francisco has ticked up to 26 percent, the ICU availability for the greater Bay Area Region currently measures 6.6 percent and isn’t projected to rise above 15 percent over the next four weeks. And as such, the Regional Stay Home Order which went into effect in mid-December, to stem the sharp end-of-year rise in transmission, remains in place.