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San Francisco extends local stay-at-home order and travel quarantine


#San #Francisco is extending its local stay-at-home order and travel quarantine, both of which could have been lifted as early as next week, due to ongoing high case counts and concerns about intensive care availability in the near future, public health officials said #Thursday.

#Both the travel quarantine and stay-at-home order will remain in place indefinitely. #Officials said they will re-evaluate the end dates in a few weeks, after the anticipated #Christmas and #New #Year’s #Eve coronavirus surges have passed.

The travel quarantine requires people entering the city from outside the greater #Bay #Area to stay at home for 10 days. The previous order was set to expire on #Jan. 4.

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#Extending the order is meant to protect #San #Francisco from the more dramatic surges happening in other parts of #California and the #United #States, public health officials said. They are also keeping the quarantine in place to avoid importing a new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus that has been found in some regions, including #Southern #California.

The stay-at-home mandate was put in place by #San #Francisco on #Dec. 6 and then ordered by the state #Dec. 17, when #Bay #Area ICU availability dropped below 15%. The state order was to take effect for at least three weeks and could have been lifted as early as #Jan. 8, but #San #Francisco officials said that will not happen.

#Intensive care availability for the entire #Bay #Area reached a new low of 7.5% on #Wednesday, though #San #Francisco has fared better than the rest of the region. #More than 200 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in #San #Francisco as of #Tuesday, including 57 in intensive care.

“We have been proactive in putting the stay-at-home order and travel quarantine in place to protect #San #Franciscans and in the hopes that by acting quickly, we could flatten the curve and re-open faster,” #Mayor #London #Breed said in a statement. “This seems to be working but we need more time to determine that we are moving in the right direction and that the #December holidays don’t set us back.”

#Erin #Allday is a #San #Francisco #Chronicle staff writer. #Email: [email protected] #Twitter: @erinallday

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