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October 21, 2020
Bay Area confirmed cases: 112,792 — up from 112,407, or 0.3% so far today
Bay Area currently hospitalized: 395 — up by 13 (+3.4%) as of 10/19*
Bay Area deaths: 1,701 — up by 15 (0.9%) so far today
California cases to date: 886,607 — up from 881,677 (0.6%) so far today
California currently hospitalized: 2,291 — up from 2,241 (+2.2%) as of 10/19
California deaths: 17,174 — up by 59 (1%) so far today
Total cases nationwide: 8,327,531 — up from 8,266,357 (0.7%) so far today
Nationwide deaths: 221,930 — up from 220,921 (0.5%) so far today
Confirmed cases: 11,969 — up by 32 (0.3%) since Tuesday
Hospitalized: 26 — down by 4 as of 10/19, with 7 in ICU beds
Deaths: 137 — up by 4 since Tuesday
Confirmed cases: 22,807 — up by 69 (0.3%) since Monday
Hospitalized: 101 – up by 5 as of 10/19, with 25 in ICU beds
Deaths: 432 — up by 0 since Monday
Contra Costa County
Confirmed cases: 18,342 — up by 69 (0.3%) since Tuesday
Hospitalized: 39 — down by 5 as of 10/19, with 6 in ICU beds
Deaths: 240 — up by 2 since Tuesday
Confirmed cases: 7,036 — up by 6 since Tuesday — includes 2,239 San Quentin cases
Hospitalized: 12 — up by 2 as of 10/19, with 1 in ICU beds
Deaths: 127 — up by 0 since Tuesday — includes 28 San Quentin deaths
Confirmed cases: 1,913 — up by 5 (0.3%) since Tuesday
Hospitalizations: 8 — up by 1 as of 10/19, with 0 in ICU beds
Deaths: 15 — up by 1 since Tuesday
San Mateo County
Confirmed cases: 10,918 — up by 29 (0.3%) since Tuesday
Hospitalized: 24 — down by 4 as of 10/20, with 7 in ICU beds
Deaths: 157 — up by 0 since Tuesday
Santa Clara County
Confirmed cases: 23,591 — up by 133 (0.6%) since Tuesday
Hospitalized: 111 — up by 2 as of 10/19, with 27 in ICU beds
Deaths: 385 — up by 3 since Tuesday
Confirmed cases: 7,205 — up by 34 (0.3%) since Tuesday
Hospitalized: 40 — down by 0 as of 10/19, with 6 in ICU beds
Deaths: 74 — up by 0 since 10/13
Confirmed cases: 9,016 — up by 82 (0.9%) since Tuesday
Hospitalized: 30 — up by 5 as of 10/19, with 4 in ICU beds
Deaths: 134 — up by 5 since Tuesday
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, gastro-intestinal issues, and flu-like body aches and fatigue. Other symptoms include a loss of taste or smell, and sore throat. 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. It's now believed that a large percentage of positive cases — between 25 and 50 percent — may be relatively or completely asymptomatic. Learn more from the CDC.
Where can I be tested in San Francisco?
There are now about a dozen walk-up and drive-up testing sites in San Francisco that do not require doctor's referrals, but they do still require you to say you have one symptom, unless you are an essential worker (call 311 for an appointment, or just drop in at certain locations). Other free testing sites, many of which require appointments, can be found in other Bay Area counties.
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.
*All hospitalization numbers now include PUIs. PUI stands for Patient Under Investigation, and several counties already roll these PUI totals into their COVID hospitalization data. While some of these patients turn up negative for COVID-19, we're including them now in hospital census numbers for San Francisco and Santa Clara counties in order to track case surges as they happen. They are not added to confirmed case totals until their test results arrive.