COVID-related hospitalizations are an important measure of the spread and severity of COVID-19 in our community. The charts below show the number of patients in San Francisco hospitals who either have confirmed cases of COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. Those awaiting results are labeled as “Suspected COVID-19” until a positive or negative result is confirmed through laboratory testing. Patients who are suspected of having COVID-19 meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines based on their symptoms and other available information when they are admitted.
Over the course of the pandemic, San Francisco has provided mutual aid to other counties by providing hospital care for COVID-19 patients transferred here from areas that have more limited hospital resources. San Francisco is able to meet this need for mutual aid because of how our City, our healthcare system, and our residents have responded to the COVID-19 crisis. In the charts below, patients that have been transferred to a hospital in San Francisco are shown in yellow.
Note: Mutual aid transfers will not be included in certain key public health indicators for safe and gradual re-opening; specifically, they will not be counted when measuring the number of new cases per day or the rate of change in hospitalizations since they do not reflect the actual transmission of COVID-19 in San Francisco. However, mutual aid transfers will be included in measures of hospital capacity.