A glimmer of hope in the San Francisco Bay Area: New coronavirus cases slowing

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Three weeks of sheltering in place have noticeably lessened the impact of the coronavirus in the Bay Area, where the number of new infections is already slowing down even as federal officials warn that other parts of the country may be facing their worst weeks.

In other words: That dreaded curve is starting to flatten out, just a little.

Case counts are still climbing across the Bay Area, where nearly 3,800 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. But they’re climbing much less rapidly than they were even a week ago.

In San Francisco, the Public Health Department reported slightly fewer new cases last week than the week before, and though that may be explained by fluctuations in testing and reporting, it’s still a startling change from the constant upward trend of the past month.