SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — San Francisco now has the third-highest COVID transmission rate in the state, behind Los Angeles County. California’s current test positivity rate is 15.9%, up from 9.7% last week.
There are about 600 new cases a day on average in San Francisco. Many restaurants have reported cases among staff members, forcing them to close temporarily.
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The New Belgium brewery in Mission Bay said it saw a drop of about 25% in reservations on Monday evening. They also have less staff available.
“I actually do everything, I serve, I bartender, I work up front, just because there are so few of us left,” host Jacob Jackman said. “We actually had a few employees who tested positive, so we were short-staffed. So we adjust things accordingly and do our best.
Several popular restaurants across the city had to close entirely due to the outbreak.
Piperade on Battery Street announced on Instagram that it will be temporarily closed until next Tuesday for the safety and well-being of its staff and guests.
Pearl 6101 in Outer Richmond announced on Sunday that it was taking no chances and would be closing to have its staff tested.
Mourad in the Financial District did the same, before reopening last week.
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“The first week it hit, we didn’t see it coming,” said chef and owner Mourad Lahlou. “I really felt like we were over the hump, and we turned the corner, and it’s going to be a case management situation here and there. But then when Omicron came in, he came with a vengeance.
To complicate matters, test results were not always consistent, he said.
“There were a lot of false positives, and that’s when we got really confused about what was legit, what wasn’t, which test was reliable, which test was unreliable. “, said Lahloud. “We decided to close for 10 days and be careful and we suffered a lot of losses.”
He said the silver lining was that none of his staff had become seriously ill.
Right now, the latest data shows 63 people hospitalized with COVID in San Francisco. That’s up from 24 at the start of last month, but still well below 220 patients a year ago.
“The silver lining is that vaccines protect us against serious diseases and that will hopefully go away very, very quickly,” said UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.
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He said that after the surge we will have some community immunity and hopefully that will give us a reprieve for several months until the next variant appears.