San Francisco Becomes First County to Move Into State’s Least Restrictive Tier
San Francisco became the first county in California to move into the state’s least restrictive tier for reopening last week — a sign that its cautious approach to the pandemic is paying dividends.
As of Oct 25, the county had a seven-day average of 33.3 cases and one death per day. San Francisco now has the lowest COVID death rate per capita among the 20 most populous cities in the U.S.
The Los Angeles Times notes that solidified leadership, the county’s partnership with universities, and compliance from the tech industry all helped slow the spread. Health officials are careful not to get overly optimistic though. They know the numbers could turn on a dime.
The results have also come at great cost. One out of every 100 businesses have permanently closed. Many San Franciscans have moved away. And officials are grappling with a large budget deficit.