Megan Rose Dickey
Jan 24, 2023 - COVID

San Francisco has reached "benign" state of COVID

Illustration of a covid particle reflected in a rearview mirror

Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

Cases of COVID-19 are on the decline in San Francisco, but as the country enters its fourth year of living with the virus, a local health expert says people shouldn't get complacent.

  • Bob Wachter, chair of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told Axios that federal discussions on annual COVID-19 vaccinations could help with increasing vaccination rates here and elsewhere.

UCSF sees increase of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

Illustration of a pattern of covid cells.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Positive test rates for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases have more than doubled at University of California, San Francisco in the past month, hitting 5%, the hospital's chair of medicine, Bob Wachter, tweeted Friday.

Why it matters: The implication, according to Wachter, is that about 1 in 20 people in SF who feel well would currently test positive for COVID.

Nick Bastone
Oct 13, 2022 - News

"Modest surge" of COVID-19 expected this winter, UCSF expert says

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COVID-19 testing site at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in San Francisco. Photo: Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Rates of COVID-19 in San Francisco have been low recently, and while the emergence of new variants could bring an uptick in cases this winter, local experts don't expect a massive spike.

Flashback: Last winter, the city, like the rest of the country, was rocked by the BA.5 Omicron variant, causing cases and hospitalizations to skyrocket in December and January.

Dreamforce boosted San Francisco tourism

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Attendees outside the 2022 Dreamforce conference in SF. Photo: Marlena Sloss/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dreamforce, Salesforce's takeover of downtown San Francisco, did its part in bringing tourists to the city.

Driving the news: Hotel occupancy in downtown San Francisco was 95.1% for the first two days of the tech conference, according to a report from data analytics firm STR.

Nick Bastone
Sep 16, 2022 - News

Census data confirms San Francisco's WFH shift

Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Nearly 46% of people in San Francisco primarily worked from home in 2021 — up from 7% in 2019, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

By the numbers: San Francisco had the third-highest percentage of residents working from home among major U.S. cities.

Megan Rose Dickey
Sep 8, 2022 - News

OpenTable reservations have yet to rebound in SF

Data: OpenTable; Chart: Axios Visuals

Restaurant reservations made in San Francisco via OpenTable are down 34% this month compared to July 2019, recent data shows.

The big picture: A variety of data points indicate San Francisco has yet to rebound from the pandemic, despite the city lifting many of its COVID-19-related restrictions.

Nick Bastone
Aug 26, 2022 - News

Push for a 4am "last call" defeated

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Oasis bar in SoMa. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

An effort to keep bars open later in San Francisco, and other cities, was defeated in the state Assembly on Wednesday.

Context: The bill, written by state Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Matt Haney, would have allowed watering holes in San Francisco, Palm Springs and West Hollywood to serve drinks until 4am on weekends and 3am on weekdays.

Megan Rose Dickey
Aug 17, 2022 - COVID

71% of California kids have had COVID-19

Illustration of a stack of wooden toy blocks showing a syringe, a COVID cell and a cotton swab.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

About 71% of kids in California between the ages of 6 months and 17 years have been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, compared to about 80% of kids nationwide, according to recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The latest BA.5 subvariant of Omicron is now the dominant strain of the coronavirus in the U.S., and it's the most transmissible we've seen since the start of the pandemic, Axios' Tina Reed writes.

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