SF expected to enter purple tier this week

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – San Francisco health leaders held a press conference Tuesday with an update on the Bay Area’s response to COVID-19.

Cases continue to surge week over week, from an average of 73 a day to 95 a day, and now to 118 a day. 

Hospitalizations have also doubled since the end of October, now with more than 50 people hospitalized.

Dr. Grant Colfax said San Francisco will likely enter the most restrictive purple tier this week.

Colfax strongly urged people to stay home, especially on Thanksgiving.

“It is so tempting to see our loved ones and see our friends, but we simply must stay at home.”

Colfax then went into detail about how a test should be an indicator to seek medical care, not a free ticket to socialize.

“A negative COVID test is simply not a ticket to freely socialize without precautions. A negative COVID test is simply not a ticket to mingle with extended family and friends outside your immediate household.”

Colfax said that this holiday season is crucial in stopping the spread of the virus.

“The best gift we can give this holiday season is the gift of health.”

On a brigther note, Colfax says the city has been preparing for vaccine distribution.

“We purchased 3 ultra-cold freezers to store vaccines which can store hundreds of thousands of doses of vaccine, so lots of work to do there locally statewide and federally, but I am confident we will be as ready as possible to start vaccine distribution when that time comes.”

If san francisco moves from red to purple it will mean that curfew now in effect in other counties will also impact San Francisco. 

In addition, indoor museums and fitness centers will close and retails stores will see their capacity cut to just 25%.

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