COVID-19 cases on the rise, Bay Area shrugs

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Throughout the Bay Area, COVID-19 cases are rising for the sixth time since the pandemic began.

In San Francisco, the 7-day test positivity rate is 7.9 percent, down from 4.6 percent on April 7, according to city and county data.

However, people were and will be out in gatherings large and small this weekend.

“I feel pretty comfortable. I’m actually going to watch a couple of Giants innings and then I’m going to walk over to Chase to watch the Warriors tonight,” Al Castaneda said in Gilroy City.

San Francisco resident Chris Anzellotti says the rise in cases is a bit of a concern, however, he’s getting used to COVID rates coming and going.

“A bit listless, I would say. It’s different this time. I’m vaccinated, I’m boosted, I’ll probably get a second booster at some point, but I feel more protected. I know the signs and I can take care of myself,” Anzellotti said.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at UCSF, called what the Bay Area is experiencing a “death wave.”

“In the Bay Area, we’re doing fine,” he said. “I think we’re all at different stages of how we feel in terms of how comfortable our immunity is.”

Gandhi says that while cases are rising once again, his focus is on hospitalizations and serious illness.

“I work at a hospital. There are very, very few hospitalizations at SF General. The degree of severe illness is very low and that is due to immunity,” he said. “Right now, we’re a highly vaccinated region, we have treatments for those who are vulnerable, we’re in a very fortunate position in the Bay Area.”

She thinks the introduction of more test-to-treat sites, where people can easily access antiviral treatments like Paxlovid, will be an important step in keeping COVID under control.

“Antivirals are a huge game changer. I think it’s what keeps the whole process in check. We need both vaccines and therapeutics,” he said.

Bob Biddle attended the Giants game at Oracle Park on Saturday.

“I have my wipe to touch things and I still have my mask,” he said.

He thinks the worst of COVID may be over, but he doesn’t think the pandemic is over yet.

“I think he’s nearing the end, but I think he’s still going to be with us for a while,” he said.

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