San Francisco needs to increase testing by two to three times the current rate before the city can relax the current health orders, Public Health Officer Dr. Grant Colfax said at a news conference Monday.
San Francisco has tested a total of 15,610 people, according to the city's Covid-19 data tracker. At least 1,424 people tested positive.
"There are a couple metrics we are looking at both within San Francisco regionally, and there are metrics that have also been suggested by public health experts and scientists across the country," Colfax said. "We need to increase testing two or three times what is currently is and that's a key piece."
Colfax also said the city cannot return to normalcy until there is a sustained decline in the number of people hospitalized.
"We need numbers to start dropping significantly and just stay down for several weeks," Colfax said. "That could happen if we continue on our current course."