SF's Battle With COVID-19 Going The Wrong Direction

The fight against COVID-19 in San Francisco is getting tougher, not easier.

Right now, there are 107 San Franciscans hospitalized with the disease.

"We estimate that on average, we will have more than 750 San Franciscans in the hospital by mid-October," said Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco Department of Public Health Director.

In fact, Dr. Colfax believes it could get much worse than that, stressing the projections in a Thursday social media broadcast.

"Worst-case scenarios put us at 2,400 hospitalizations and 1,800 deaths."

The more hospitalizations, the fewer beds that are available.

"Our demand for acute care and ICU beds for COVID-positive patients has grown at a rate of 15% each week during the month of July," San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani said.

To address a shrinking number of available hospital beds, city officials are taking the wraps off what's called a low-acuity continuing care site. It's in the Presidio is intended for San Franciscans who need non-COVID health care.

Watch comments from Dr. Colfax and Supervisor Stefani below.