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October 18, 2021
Bay Area confirmed cases: 577,872 — up by 121 (0.02%) on Sunday
Bay Area currently hospitalized: 470 — up by 5 (+1.1%) as of 10/17*
Bay Area deaths: 6,497 — up by 0 on Sunday
California cases to date: 4,787,512 — up by 6,150 (0.1%) on Thursday
California currently hospitalized: 3,669 — down from 3,673 (-0.1%) as of 10/17
California deaths: 70,150 — up by 140 (0.2%) on Thursday
Total cases nationwide: 44,937,414 — up from 44,928,323 (0.02%) on Sunday
Nationwide deaths: 724,417 — up by 136 (0.1%) on Sunday
Confirmed cases: 51,467 — up by 26 (0.1%) since Sunday
Hospitalized: 55 — down by 4 as of 10/17, with 15 in ICU beds
Deaths: 645— up by 0 since Sunday
Confirmed cases: 117,073 — up by 279 (0.2%) since Friday
Hospitalized: 128 – down by 0 as of 10/17, with 40 in ICU beds
Deaths: 1,374 — up by 2 since Friday
Contra Costa County
Confirmed cases: 97,817 — up by 249 (0.2%) since Friday
Hospitalized: 63 — up by 2 as of 10/17, with 21 in ICU beds
Deaths: 994 — up by 7 since Friday
Confirmed cases: 17,342 — up by 16 (0.1%) since Sunday — includes 2,241 San Quentin cases
Hospitalized: 8 — down by 1 as of 10/17, with 2 in ICU beds
Deaths: 221 — up by 0 since Sunday — includes 28 San Quentin deaths
Confirmed cases: 12,752 — up by 20 (0.1%) since Thursday
Hospitalizations: 9 — down by 2 as of 10/17, with 5 in ICU beds
Deaths: 102 — up by 0 since Thursday
San Mateo County
Confirmed cases: 52,141 — up by 42 (0.1%) since Wednesday
Hospitalized: 18 — up by 1 as of 10/14, with 6 in ICU beds
Deaths: 622 — up by 4 since Wednesday
Santa Clara County
Confirmed cases: 143,805 — up by 161 (0.1%) since Thursday
Hospitalized: 115 — up by 8 as of 10/17, with 36 in ICU beds
Deaths: 1,834 — up by 13 since Thursday
Confirmed cases: 45,110 — up by 75 (0.2%) since Thursday
Hospitalized: 52 — down by 2 as of 10/17, with 11 in ICU beds
Deaths: 312 — up by 0 since Thursday
Confirmed cases: 40,407 — up by 44 (0.1%) since Saturday
Hospitalized: 22 — up by 4 as of 10/17, with 8 in ICU beds
Deaths: 402 — up by 0 since Saturday
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 and where can I get a COVID vaccine?
There are now multiple mass-vaccination sites and community vaccination clinics operating in San Francisco. The majority of residents will receive their vaccines either at one of the mass-vaccination sites or through their healthcare provider, and vaccines will also be available through CVS and Walgreens stores, though supplies are currently limited. Once you are eligible under the county's guidelines for receiving your first vaccine dose, you can schedule an appointment here at the Moscone Center site, or through your healthcare provider.
San Francisco is opening vaccine eligibility to all residents age 16 and up starting on April 15, 2021.
*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.