Outbreaks are generally defined as at least three probable or confirmed Covid cases within 14 days. The CDPH summarizes these outbreaks this way:
- Residential care facilities: 21.7%
- Restaurants: 7.0%
- Skilled nursing facilities: 4.2%
- Hospitals: 3.9%
- Grocery stores: 3.5%
- Construction: 3.5%
That nearly 26 percent of these outbreaks took place in residential care and skilled nursing facilities, as horrifying as it is for both the residents and the workers in those facilities, should come as no surprise.
But it is truly shocking to see that there are nearly twice as many outbreaks in restaurants as in hospitals. In the words of Mark Rabine of Mission Local, “The virus loves restaurants.” This should give pause both to potential diners eager to enjoy a night out on the town and to restaurant workers whose bosses want them to get back to work.