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COVID-19: San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metro Area Among the Safest in America

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 9/16/2021 Evan Comen

a messy bed in a room © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. The U.S. reported over 1,325,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending September 14, bringing the total count to more than 40.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 655,000 COVID-19-related deaths -- the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 46.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans -- essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 47.0 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

The San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA metro area consists of Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, and two other counties. As of September 14, there were 6,801.4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 San Francisco residents, the 17th lowest rate of all 383 metro areas with available data. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 12,636.9 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley metro area, Contra Costa County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of September 14, there were 8,077.8 cases per 100,000 residents in Contra Costa County, the most of any county in San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, and far greater than the county with the lowest incidence. In San Francisco County, there were 5,561.4 cases per 100,000 residents -- the least of any county in San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley metro area, unemployment peaked at 13.3% in April 2020. As of May 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 6.0%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in California where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it's still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 14 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 14 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of September 14 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of September 14 per 100,000 residents
25260 Hanford-Corcoran, CA 150,691 27,631 18,336.2 275 182.5
20940 El Centro, CA 180,701 30,760 17,022.6 753 416.7
40140 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,560,470 674,640 14,793.2 10,179 223.2
12540 Bakersfield, CA 887,641 130,375 14,687.8 1,496 168.5
33700 Modesto, CA 543,194 78,021 14,363.4 1,194 219.8
32900 Merced, CA 271,382 37,265 13,731.6 521 192.0
31080 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,249,614 1,738,012 13,117.5 30,936 233.5
31460 Madera, CA 155,433 19,648 12,640.8 254 163.4
47300 Visalia, CA 461,898 58,321 12,626.4 889 192.5
23420 Fresno, CA 984,521 122,224 12,414.6 1,853 188.2
49700 Yuba City, CA 172,469 21,403 12,409.8 207 120.0
44700 Stockton, CA 742,603 90,482 12,184.4 1,581 212.9
37100 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 847,263 92,328 10,897.2 1,107 130.7
41500 Salinas, CA 433,410 46,684 10,771.3 558 128.7
41740 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA 3,316,073 345,059 10,405.7 3,942 118.9
46700 Vallejo, CA 441,829 42,665 9,656.5 306 69.3
42020 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 282,165 26,651 9,445.2 299 106.0
39820 Redding, CA 179,212 16,921 9,441.9 265 147.9
42200 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 444,829 40,451 9,093.6 494 111.1
40900 Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA 2,315,980 207,994 8,980.8 2,715 117.2
34900 Napa, CA 139,623 11,991 8,588.1 91 65.2
42220 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 499,772 38,520 7,707.5 368 73.6
17020 Chico, CA 225,817 17,218 7,624.8 222 98.3
41940 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,987,846 144,776 7,283.1 1,885 94.8
42100 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 273,962 18,865 6,886.0 210 76.7
41860 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 4,701,332 319,758 6,801.4 3,679 78.3

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