Even as the growth of coronovirus in the Bay Area appears to have stopped, the United States on Tuesday crossed another serious milestone: 400,000 deaths.
At least 401,120 people in the United States have died of coronovirus as of Tuesday afternoon, Johns Hopkins University reported – representing approximately 1 in 830 Americans.
The pace of deaths has also accelerated: it took the US nearly four months to record its first 100,000 deaths, but it took just five weeks to go from 300,000 to 400,000 in the country.
The hospital’s picture in the Bay Area and the rest of California was slightly more optimistic, however, as posthospital cases and hospital surcharges appeared to slow down. There have been about 38 deaths per day in the region compared to the previous week, while on an average there were about 62 new deaths per day in the previous week.
Secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mark Gali said California saw more than 3,500 hospitalizations early in the month at an average of 2,700 per day, a significant reduction. The rate of virus transmission across the state is also decreasing, as is the rate of new virus cases in nursing homes.
Even though the peak of the increase seems to have been in the past, “our communities still have an enormous amount of COVID,” said Gaha. The new L452R variant, which has spread rapidly in California, remains under study, he said, with UCSF and Scripps College and the state working with the federal government. “We know it was recently identified in several large outbreaks in Santa Clara County,” he said, and officials are “working to determine if there is any increase in this type of infectiousness.” , Its effect on vaccination. ” … These variants underscore the need to maintain our guard. “… It will definitely affect how we proceed.”
Vaccines remain another area of significant concern. Mayor London Breed said San Francisco’s supply of vaccines – which go to San Francisco General Hospital and city clinics that serve insurance or vulnerable people, may dry up by Thursday.
Private providers have a separate vaccine pipeline, and Breed said the city’s supply barrier “should not have a significant impact” on plans to open a mass vaccination center at City College soon.
San Francisco’s entire health care system – excluding both public and private providers – has received 102,825 doses of the vaccine on Tuesday, Breed said. But both of them are counted as the first and second dose. About 210,000 people in San Francisco are eligible for the vaccine under California’s first level of distribution system.
The city’s chief public health officer, Drs. Grant Colefax said the city had received 8,000 doses from the modern lot, which recommended that the state should not delay further studies, following an allergic reaction to the lot in Petco Park, Padres. Stadium in San Diego.
“We stopped the cautions,” he said. “We have not received any replacement dose.”
Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Drs. Sarah Cody said the county received Modern’s “slightly more than 21,000” amount, which was to be distributed by the county under investigation, Stanford Health Care and El Camino Hospital. Nobody was given.
Gali said a vaccine safety committee was meeting on Tuesday to determine if the lot was safe, and “we are confident that we will come soon.”
San Francisco expects to receive another shipment of 1,775 doses this week, health officials said, but each of them has already been claimed – and compared to 12,000 doses received last week.
San Francisco on Tuesday morning launched a website to inform people when it was their turn to get a vaccine. Some reported experiencing glitches and crashes – which the city attributed to “high volumes of trips”. It seemed that work would be done again by 1 pm
Cody of Santa Clara County said supply uncertainties made it “impossible for the county to plan ahead for vaccine delivery”. He said: “It is likely that future allocations will not differentiate between the first and second doses.”
At the state level, Gali said California may have achieved its goal of vaccinating 1 million people in 10 days over the weekend. About 1,525,815 doses were administered by Tuesday. On Friday, the state received the highest number of vaccines in a day at 110,505 doses.
There is a living arrangement throughout the Bay Area. Asked when it might end in San Francisco, Collafax said: “We have some promising signs that case rates will start falling and hospitalizations will start. … if that trend continues. If it stays, I hope we get out of order to stay outside that state. “
Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at UCSF, said the region avoided the worst predictions about high hospitals and the relative success of the Bay Area compared to the rest of the state’s early implementation of lockdown and its mandated residents Credited.
However, he warned that if the authorities did not hold a deadline for the region’s drastic lockdown, this compliance deadline could be over.
California crossed the 3 million case mark on Tuesday – meaning that about 7.6% of California initiates epidemic infections.
Chronicle staff writers Trisha Thadani and Aidin Waziri contributed.
Michael Williams is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected]