San Francisco Pauses Reopening as Coronavirus Infections Rise

San Francisco Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said Friday at an online news conference that the city was working with contact tracers to identify the sources of increased cases of coronavirus infection.

San Francisco Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said Friday at an online news conference that the city was working with contact tracers to identify the sources of increased cases of coronavirus infection.

Mayor London Breed has ordered a halt to plans to further reopen the city on Monday, June 29, amid a spike in coronavirus cases. 

On Thursday, June 25, the city recorded 103 new cases. That’s a huge jump compared with the 20 new cases a day the city registered starting June 15, when it allowed some in-store retail and sidewalk dining at restaurants in the first loosening of the shelter-in-place order. 

The decision to halt the reopening means hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, museums, zoos, outdoor bars and outdoor swimming will not be allowed next week. 

“I will have to look at how the data develops over the next few days to have a better sense of how long things will need to be potentially delayed,” said San Francisco Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax. “We talked about flattening the curve and that curve is not flat. Right now, in fact, that curve is getting more and more vertical.” 

Other updates from today’s press conference:

  • Colfax said there is no indication the increase in cases is tied to a specific facility or event, but noted the city is working with contact tracing partners to see if there were particular sources for the new infections. (3:38)
  • San Francisco has experienced a doubling of cases in the last couple of weeks, Colfax said. The infection curve is now quite steep. This could lead to a surge and rising hospitalizations within two to three weeks. (5:24)
  • Colfax said there is more virus around than ever before and it’s important that people wear masks in public. (6:29)
  • The percentage of positive test results jumped from 2.7 on June 14 to 5.1 on Thursday, raising the alert from “yellow” to “orange.” The city could move into the “red” zone in the next few days. (10:05)
  • The city still has a low hospitalization rate. (10:57)
  • Contact tracers have connected with 80% of those infected and 80% of those they may have infected, slightly below the goal of 90%. (15:18)
  • The Latinx community has consistently been among the hardest hit across the region. (18:32)