San Francisco officials observe the lowest number of coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic as the rest of the Bay Area continues to record a declining number of COVID-19 cases.
The city experienced large crowds in the wharf during the weekend and business owners encouraged tourists to come back to the area.
“It feels really good to be outside man, for real man! I’m from Tracy!. It was worse for me and mom, the kid got through it quick,” visitor John Anderson said, who was traveling with his entire family to San Francisco over the weekend after being infected with, and getting cured of the COVID-19 virus.
Health experts said San Francisco has seen the lowest numbers of hospitalizations and ICU admissions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. University of California, San Francisco’s Dr. Peter Chin-Hong considered the statistics a milestone, arguing the key to protecting the most vulnerable residents is proper and sufficient vaccination.
“Specifically with ICU beds there are currently 3 cases in San Francisco county and I just checked the UCSF centers and we have one,” Chin-Hong said.
About 90% of businesses at Sabella and La Torre in the city’s Fisherman’s Wharf come from outside the Bay Area. General Manager Don McFarland said the establishments are not there yet but has begun to see changes. “Starting to notice an uptick with people coming from other parts of the country, he said.
Many people came to the area during the weekend for food and wildlife attractions, among other things. “Well, we are a little bit scared, you know, but life must go on, you have to go out and see the world,” Winni Davis from the Philippines said.
A lot of residents who have gotten shot with the coronavirus vaccine said that while the treatment was not a guaranteed protection from the virus, they felt safer coming out because of it.
“I work in a skilled nursing facility and we went from being terrified a year ago, not even sure we were doing the right thing, and now we’re all vaccinated,” Sonoma County resident Jami Hope said.
“I took the Johnson & Johnson about three days ago. It leaves a little soreness in your arm, but I’m happy that I took it,” North Dakota resident Derrick Black, who was visiting San Francisco, said on Sunday.
“It feels good to be back outside having an oyster y’all. It feels real good to be back outside man,” Anderson said, ABC7 News reported.
However, despite the recovering conditions, Dr. Chin-Hong said this was no time to let our guards down in San Francisco. More and more people are traveling to cities with higher case rates and more variants of the virus are being discovered in other countries.