The news with this pandemic is going to keep coming at a steady and alarming clip, multiple times a day. SFist is now establishing this page for you to bookmark or return to when you need to know the latest local stats in a hurry.
Updated daily at 9:00 a.m., noon, and 4 p.m.
March 31, 2020
Bay Area confirmed cases: 2,357 — up by 5% so far since Monday p.m.
Bay Area deaths: 59
California cases to date: 8,107 (up from 5,591, or 45%, on 3/30), with 168 deaths
Total cases nationwide: 181,000 (up from 153,246, or 18% since 3/30), with 3,611 deaths
Confirmed cases: 397 — up by 23 (6%) since 3/30
Santa Clara County
Confirmed cases: 890 — up by 42 (5%) since 3/30
Confirmed cases: 294 — up by 30 (11%) since Monday – plus 19 in Berkeley (the county is excluding Berkeley from the count because the city has its own public health office)
Contra Costa County
Confirmed cases: 212 — up by 25 (13%)
Confirmed cases: 99 — up by 6 (6%)
Confirmed cases: 15 — up by 1 (7%)
San Mateo County
Confirmed cases: 309 — up by 32 (11.5%)
Confirmed cases: 49 — up by 6 (14%)
Confirmed cases: 73 — up by 15 (26%)
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The primary symptom is a fever, and the Centers for Disease Control advise patients to contact their doctor if they have a fever in combination with a persistent cough, shortness of breath, headache, and flu-like body aches and fatigue. Other symptms have included a loss of taste or smell, and gastrointestinal distress. Symptoms appear within 2 to 14 days of exposure, with the median onset time being 5 days according to one study. The cough appears to be the main differentiator between this and influenza, and many people report mild symptoms. Learn more from the CDC.
Where can I be tested in San Francisco?
At the moment there is no drop-in testing in SF without a doctor's order, and your doctor will send you to a specific site. Kaiser Permanente members can utilize one of several drive-through testing facilities in San Francisco and elsewhere if referred by a doctor. A drop-in testing site in Hayward is allowing anyone from the Bay Area to be tested following some screening criteria, and they close the line at 10 a.m. and reopen it at 1 p.m., until tests run out each day.
When is it OK to leave the house during the shelter-in-place order?
Everyone should walk their dogs, pick up meals, and do essential grocery and farmers' market shopping as usual, while keeping social distance in mind. Outdoor exercise is OK. Also, trips to the pharmacy and doctor are permitted. And trips to and from work are fine if one is employed at a business that remains open, like a hospital or a restaurant serving takeout. People are being encouraged not to socialize without six feet of distance between them.