UPDATE: Adds city response and coronavirus data in second, third and fifth paragraphs, details on supportive housing funding in last paragraph.
San Francisco will stop acquiring shelter-in-place hotel rooms for the city’s vulnerable residents and essential workers, the Emergency Operations Center confirmed in a statement late Wednesday. The city will continue to use the approximately 2,600 rooms under contract and plans to phase out the program by June 2021, the department said. City departments determined that more hotel rooms were unnecessary after studying the “rate of infection and demands on our hospital system,” the emergency department said. On April 8, officials said the city planned to acquire 7,000 hotel rooms to house essential workers and homeless residents who needed a safe place to self-isolate or quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.
San Francisco hospitals were at 25% of their capacity April 8. By July 21, they were more than twice as full.