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Tuesday in SF: 'It's now a big-time surge' says UCSF Department of Medicine chair

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By Sri Ravipati

Good morning San Francisco. Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend.

Here's your roundup of local stories for May 31.

COVID-19 surge in SF picks up

UCSF Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Bob Wachter tweeted Monday that the COVID-19 surge in San Francisco is "big-time" now, Chronicle reports.

While San Francisco is officially averaging over 500 daily cases, Wachter suggests the real number is probably over 2,000 per day. He also notes a major uptick in local hospitalizations compared to 18 weeks ago.

"If you're trying to stay well, time to up your game," Wachter tweeted.

The Bay Area overall is facing a surge. Three counties — Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa — have more than 200,000 new cases.

Additional reading:

  • San Francisco sees another COVID-19 spike [KRON4]
  • Bay Area in midst of another COVID surge, has highest infection rate in CA [ABC7]

California's 2022 primary election: What you’ll see on your SF ballot

California voters are gearing up for the state’s primaries on June 7. As San Francisco voters head to the polls for the third time this year, there are a number of items just for them on their ballots, KRON4 reports.

The one everyone will be watching is Proposition H, which if it passes would recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin. San Francisco voters will also have the opportunity to vote for the U.S. House of Representatives, state Assembly and a number of other local propositions. View the full list on KRON4.

Additional reading:

  • Chesa Boudin recall: What to know about SF’s June 7 election [Chronicle]
  • Republican trying to win race in downtown SF [KRON4]

SF Sheriff’s Office issuing bilingual name tags aimed at tackling language barriers

The San Francisco Sheriff's Office announced plans to create nameplates for more than 100 deputies to let the public know if they are fluent in a language other than English, Local News Matters reports.

Nameplates will denote that they speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish or Filipino. Other languages such as Vietnamese, Russian and Arabic will be included in the future. The deputies have to be bilingual-certified through the city’s Human Resources Department to receive the nameplate. According to the Sheriff’s Office, they are the first emergency responders in the city to launch such a program.

More SF news:

  • Multiple car collision backs up Bay Bridge [KRON4]
  • FDA: strawberries from these areas linked to multistate hepatitis outbreak [Eater SF]
  • SF's easiest hike is its prettiest. Climb up to the waterfall on Strawberry Hill, the crown jewel of Golden Gate Park. [SFGATE]

Thanks for reading today's S.F. news roundup! Did any of these stories hit home for you? Let me know in the comments.

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