COVID-19 by the numbers; plus key resources to help you stay informed

A daily snapshot of key COVID-19 statistics in Berkeley and beyond. Please review linked resources for the latest data, all of which are likely to be vast undercounts. The New York Times has delved into why these numbers are so challenging to track.

Note: Case counts and hospitalization figures are from today, with the change since the prior day below that, unless otherwise noted.


Total cases:

up 1

Total recovered:


as of Tuesday


8 total hospitalizations, including 5 ICU patients as of April 17

COVID-19 tests of Berkeley residents:

68 average daily tests; 3% positive rate (Read more on testing)

Alameda County and the Bay Area

Total cases and deaths in the county (excluding Berkeley):

up 92 cases

Current hospitalized (throughout county):

up 9 — COVID-19 positive and suspected patients

Current ICU patients (throughout county):

no change — this is a subset of hospitalized patients

Bay Area cases:


up 235; some agencies may not have updated yet

Bay Area deaths:


no change; same caveat


Total cases:

up from 117,200; some agencies may not have updated today

Total deaths:

up 59; same caveat

Health workers infected:

at work and elsewhere

Current hospitalizations:

up 71

Of those, patients in the ICU:

up 4

COVID-19 tests:

New tests in past 24 hours:

Unemployment claims since March 12:

$13 billion distributed

United States and the world

Total cases in the U.S.:

up from 1,850,000

Deaths in the U.S.:

up from 107,100

Total tests in the U.S.:

Total cases in the world:

up from 6,399,000

Deaths in the world:

up from 383,200

Other figures

How far away do you need to be for social distancing:

Population in Berkeley that’s 60 or older:

Age at which health risks increase dramatically:

UC Berkeley community members known to have tested positive:

Hand-washing stations in Berkeley:

The city has said it would like to set up more but they are not available

N95 masks distributed by the state:

Hotel rooms for homeless across the state:

There’s a 60% occupancy rate

Licensed hospital beds in California:

with a goal to increase to 25,000 (and eventually even more)

Governor’s “surge goal” to add beds:


ICU beds in California pre-COVID-19:

Ventilators in California pre-COVID-19:


Unused ventilators in California:


Berkeley population

as of May 2020

Alameda County population

as of May 2020

California population

as of May 2020

Resources about the COVID-19 coronavirus

Know of other great resources? Please share them in the comments. Then wash your hands!

* This figure represents the change in the total number of cases reported by the city today compared to the city total reported yesterday. One major caveat: Daily case counts change retroactively every single day as cases get reassigned to and from other jurisdictions. So this figure is somewhat confusing to track. Berkeleyside refreshes the chart data each day, going back to the beginning of the outbreak, to ensure the most recent figures are represented.

** Berkeleyside is tabulating this figure daily by reviewing the official public health websites in Berkeley and Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Emilie Raguso is Berkeleyside’s senior news editor. Email: Twitter: emraguso. Phone: 510-459-8325.