The Bay Area and California reported the latest coronavirus infections since late August on Saturday, an uptrend that experts say is another sign that a third wave of infections is likely to be. happened across the country.
On Friday, the United States reported a record 132,797 new deadly virus infections; although California’s rise has been less dramatic, the seven-day average of new infections has steadily increased since mid-October. On Saturday, California moved closer to recording one million viral infections as counties reported 5,323 new coronavirus infections out of a total of 969,270 statewide.
In the Bay Area, Santa Clara County continues to lead the way with 254 confirmed cases on Saturday with a total of 26,137 cases. The average number of cases has remained relatively stable and low since its peak in early August, making it difficult to predict whether a full revival will occur.
Since Tuesday – when officials reported 28 new cases – San Mateo County has seen a huge increase with 100 cases reported Saturday for a total of 11,810 cases. San Francisco reported 107 new cases for a total of 12,860.
The Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties of the North Bay reported 54 new cases on Saturday, a day after the four-county district had the highest one-day total since early September. A total of 27,716 people tested positive for coronavirus there.
Alameda County health officials reported 246 cases out of a total of 24,664. Contra Costa County reports 147 new cases, bringing the seven-day average to 105, giving a high 19,932.
Although the number of cases has increased dramatically, the mortality rate remains low. In the Bay Area, only 5 new viral deaths were reported in the 9-county area, well below the 7-day average of 8 deaths.
The number of hospitalized patients and the number of patients in special care unit beds have also increased in California.
Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties all fall within California’s orange COVID-19 grade, indicating moderate spread of the virus in the community. San Francisco is in the yellow group, showing the minimal difference.