Coronavirus surge prompts San Francisco to pause reopening plans

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A California Highway Patrol car drives across the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge on April 01, 2020.(Justin: Sullivan/Getty Images)

A California Highway Patrol car drives across the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge on April 01, 2020.(Justin: Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco is experiencing a surge in rates of COVID-19 infection and will have to pause its reopening, the city’s health director said Friday.

Businesses that were scheduled to reopen Monday will now stay closed, said Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

They include hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, zoos, outdoor bars and outdoor swimming pools. On June 14, 2.7 people per 100,000 tested positive for the virus, Colfax said in an online news conference. By Thursday, that rate had jumped to 5.1 per 100,000.

“We went from a yellow to a high orange, and if that continues over the next couple of days, we could be in our red zone,” which could trigger more restrictions, Colfax said. He said hospital capacity remained “relatively good.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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