BERKELEY (CBS SF) – As a lot of america is coping with a surge in COVID-19 instances, metropolis officers in Berkeley introduced the bottom charges of an infection within the metropolis for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic.
Officers mentioned as of Tuesday that there have been 757 confirmed instances of COVID-19 in Berkeley, representing 0.63 p.c of the inhabitants, a seven-day common of about two instances per day and a take a look at positivity fee of 0.29 p.c during the last 4 weeks.
Berkeley officers mentioned their COVID-19 case fee is lower than half in comparison with the remainder of Alameda County, which has had 22,191 instances representing 1.48 p.c of the inhabitants. The town’s case fee is way beneath the nation’s case fee of two.70 p.c of the inhabitants (8.Eight million instances).
9 Berkeley residents have died from COVID-19, representing 0.08 p.c of town’s inhabitants.
“The actions we took early on saved lives. If america had the identical demise fee as Berkeley, we might be speaking about 26,000 deaths as a substitute of over 227,000,” mentioned Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin mentioned.
The mayor went on to credit score “efforts and sacrifices” amongst metropolis officers and residents for “following the science.”
With an infection charges low, Berkeley Public Well being Director Dr. Lisa Hernandez allowed for the reopening of sure actions final week. Indoor eating, worship providers, weddings and funerals, are being allowed with capability limits at 25% or 100 folks whichever is much less.
Officers burdened that residents must proceed to abide by social distancing and masks carrying protocols, with instances persevering with to rise nationwide and with flu season approaching.
“This pandemic is way from over and we should stay vigilant,” Arreguin mentioned.