Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that San Francisco County is likely to fall off the state’s COVID-19 coronavirus watchlist on Thursday, which would enable the county to let businesses like hair salons and gyms reopen.
San Francisco would join Santa Cruz, Placer and San Diego counties, which all have fallen off the list since Friday, when state public health officials unfroze the list after addressing a glitch that had led thousands of tests not to be recorded.
San Francisco was placed on the list in mid-July as its case rate hit a state benchmark.
To be removed from the list, counties must meet state thresholds for their 14-day average case rate per 100,000 residents, 7-day average rate of positive tests, percent change in hospitalizations and availability of ventilators and intensive care unit beds.
“We are seeing a decrease in the transmission of COVID-19,” Newsom said. “And we are doing everything to prepare for what many believe is a second wave later this fall.”
Counties that meet the state’s thresholds for three days are removed from the watchlist. Once a county meets those thresholds for 14 consecutive days, it can allow in-person classes to re-open, according to state officials.
If San Francisco is removed from the list on Thursday, another 39 of the state’s 58 counties will remain on the watchlist, including nine of the 11 counties in the greater Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula.
“We want to see this list go down to zero,” Newsom said.
As of Wednesday, public health officials have confirmed 8,528 coronavirus cases in San Francisco, including 72 deaths.