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. Please note: The charts below are interactive; you can untick Alameda County data via the legends to show only Berkeley stats. As of Aug. 4, the county has stopped providing data on daily case counts, but shows the numbers in its portal. We’re working on updating our graphs.

Note: Case counts and hospitalizations are the numbers reported today. Any change is in relation to the prior weekday’s total, unless otherwise noted. An increase today often reflects new cases on multiple dates in the past.


New cases

448 total (This number reflects incomplete data while Berkeley works on finalizing its case totals due to issues with the state COVID-19 database.)

New UC Berkeley community members known to have tested positive

132 total, positivity rate: 2.67%


no change

Average daily COVID-19 tests of Berkeley residents

22,857 total tests; 2.11% positivity rate (this percentage may reflect incomplete numbers due to issues with the state COVID-19 database.)

Alameda County and the Bay Area

New cases and deaths in the county (excluding Berkeley)

13,664 cases, 205 deaths total (The county resumed updating its case totals Aug. 11 after stopping on Aug. 4 due to issues with the state COVID-19 database. This number reflects the change over eight days, and may be incomplete.)

Current hospitalized (throughout county)

down 4; COVID-19 positive and suspected patients

Current ICU patients (throughout county)

down 6; this is a subset of hospitalized patients

New Bay Area** cases


64,730 total cases; some agencies may not have updated yet. The state’s reporting system is also responding to a major technical issue, causing underreporting in the number of cases statewide. Though the backlog has been addressed, the numbers are not yet complete

New Bay Area deaths


915 total; some agencies may not have updated yet


Total cases

up from 566,952; some agencies may not have updated yet

New deaths

10,648 total; some agencies may not have updated yet

Health workers infected

at work and elsewhere

Current hospitalizations

down 47

Of those, patients in the ICU

down 2

COVID-19 tests

Tests in past 24 hours

Unemployment claims since mid-March

$34 billion distributed

United States and the world

Total cases in the U.S.

up from 5.1 million

Deaths in the U.S.

up from 163,370

Total tests in the U.S.

Total cases in the world

up from 20 million

Deaths in the world

up from 733,897

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

Total recovered


As of June 10 (the city has declined to provide a more recent figure)

Hand-washing stations in Berkeley

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

Masks distributed by the state

Hotel rooms for homeless across the state

Licensed hospital beds in California

“Surge” beds in the state

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!

** Berkeleyside tabulates 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.