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San Francisco reports first COVID-19 death; confirmed cases reach 152

By March 26, 2020 No Comments
The San Francisco Department of Public Health at 101 Grove St. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The city of San Francisco late Tuesday reported its first death associated with the coronavirus.

According to city officials, the patient was a man in his 40s who had multiple, significant underlying health conditions.

In the wake of the death, which was among 152 citywide cases reported as of Tuesday, city leaders are urging the public to stay home through April 7, per the public health emergency.

“My condolences go out to this San Franciscan and their loved ones. It is a sad day, and we need to pull together as a city to do everything in our power to reduce the likelihood of additional deaths in our community,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement.

“Each of us has the power to save lives, and decrease the impact of coronavirus in San Francisco. We need everyone to stay home, which will help protect themselves, their families and the people in our community who are most at risk of harm from the virus,” she said.

“Nearly three weeks after reporting our first confirmed case of COVID-19, we are saddened to report the first death of a person with this illness in San Francisco,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the city’s Department of Public Health.

“On behalf of the Department of Public Health, I extend my sincere condolences to this man’s loved ones. This is a difficult time for our city, but we will get through it together. I strongly urge every San Franciscan to continue staying home to save lives,” he said.

In addition to staying home and only going out for essential items, residents are also being reminded to wash their hands regularly and to keep a distance of six feet from others while in public.

For more updates from the city, residents can visit www.sfdph.org, call 311, or sign up for the city’s text alert service by texting COVID19SF to 888-777.