California is now the epicenter of the latest surge in the U.S. coronavirus, but San Francisco still has one of the lowest rates of illness among the 20 largest cities in the United States
As the new year approaches, the vaccine continues to be promoted nationwide, with the highest incidence and death toll in history. However, the differences between the country’s largest metropolitan areas are very obvious.
Some areas, including San Francisco, Seattle and Detroit, have relatively low incidences. Others are two, sometimes three times as high, including large cities in Texas and several counties in Southern California.
Southern California has been the main driver of California’s recent economic growth, although some Bay Area cities have also suffered from high morbidity and death toll.
According to the New York Times tracker, this is the latest case rate in metropolitan areas across the country (average per 1
Lower case rate in metropolitan areas
Among the major cities in the country, Seattle seems to have the lowest medical record rate. It is the country’s first coronavirus epicenter, but for most pandemics, cases have not gone out of control.
Like other cities, Seattle experienced its most severe surge in late November and early December, with 907 new cases recorded on December 4, a record high. But since mid-December, the number of cases has dropped sharply, with 104 new cases in December. 26
Throughout the pandemic, San Francisco has been regarded as a model for the pandemic, leading shelter-in-place orders and cover-up orders, and carefully reopening business. It successfully became the only large metropolitan area in California and moved to the least restrictive yellow reopening floor in October.
San Francisco is part of the Bay Area asylum-in-place order required by the state government, but compared with other Bay Area counties, its case rate is also very low, with 27.2 daily new cases per 100,000 people.
Metropolitan area with high medical record rate
Los Angeles County has been affected by the latest situation. During the holiday weekend, more than 42,000 boxes were added on Friday and Saturday, bringing the total to more than 719,000. The hospital is overwhelmed and the ICU is full. Health officials in the county say that people gathering together and mixing with different families are driving the wave. Officials expect that the home orders required by the state in the region will need to be extended for several weeks in the new year.
In San Diego County further south, although the incidence rate is lower than that of Los Angeles, there is also a surge in cases. On Sunday, San Diego County reported more than 3,100 new cases of the coronavirus, and more than 1,000 new cases per day of the pandemic were reported for the second consecutive day for 27 consecutive days. County health officials said infections after Thanksgiving accounted for 44% of the total cases, and according to current trends, the county may report another 600 coronavirus deaths before the end of next month.
In Texas, the second most populous state in Texas, Dallas County is seeing a surge in its vacations. During the Christmas holiday from Thursday to Saturday, Dallas County reported an average of 2,000 new cases per day, and hospital resources and staff were very tight. Officials predict that by January 5, there will be another 1,500 hospitalizations in the county, which will reduce the overall quality of care. COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in Dallas County.
On Monday, Arizona reported more than 10,000 new cases, bringing the statewide total to more than 500,000, an increase of more than 50% since Thanksgiving. On Saturday, there were more than 300,000 cases in Maricopa County. The Latin American and American Indian populations are most affected by the virus.
The state also set a record for the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations in a day. Earlier this month, public health and medical leaders asked the governor to make stricter agreements, including statewide authorization for masks and a ban on indoor dining.
Kellie Hwang is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @KellieHwang