Mayor Breed Says SF Is Turning A Corner In Pandemic

San Francisco Mayor London Breed (C) speaks during a press conference as San Francisco police chief William Scott (L) and San Francisco Department of Public Health director Dr. Grant Colfax (R) look on at San Francisco City Hall on March 16, 2020.
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After unveiling a new timeline to reopen many sectors of life in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed says the city may be starting to turn the corner.

 “We are seeing some of the rates decline. We were at a point where there was an average of 100 new cases a day and there’s now less than 70 new cases a day,” she said on KCBS Radio’s “Ask An Expert” segment Wednesday. “Which is a completely better place that we have been, which has given us an opportunity to begin the reopening process again.”

Mayor Breed says the infection rate has also fallen to 0.9, meaning that people who become infected in the city will infect less than one person on average.

The city has outlined a plan to reopen schools, churches, businesses, gyms and more over the next month.

“As long as we keep pace in this way and we don’t see some major outbreak, we’ll be able to move forward,” said Breed.

San Francisco has been slower to reopen than other regions of the Bay Area, and the Mayor said she understands business owners’ frustrations.

“I’m not happy about it and I get it and I know that businesses that have been closed for this long and most likely many of them will not reopen… I know they want to open, I don’t disagree. All of the arguments they present are the same arguments I’m having with our public health official,” she said.

Breed says she has been pushing to reopen businesses sooner and find ways to balance public health concerns with individuals’ needs to work, go to church, exercise and more.

“But at the end of the day it’s important that I listen to our public health experts.”

Some pandemic-related closures have been in effect for nearly six months now, but Breed stresses that because the virus has not gone away, it is still vital for people to wear their masks, avoid large gatherings and stay home if they feel sick.

“Be mindful, now more than ever. Because we’ve been in this for so long and because there’s hope for us to get out of it,” she said. “San Francisco is doing better than a lot of cities and I know it’s been hard for so many people, but just hang in there.”