COVID-19 in 2022: Cases reach new heights, but serious illness and death decline
Jan. 1, 2023
Updated: Jan. 1, 2023 2:05 p.m.
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Petaluma Health Center workers prepare to administer coronavirus tests to patients waiting in their vehicles in January. The third year of the pandemic began with the huge omicron surge, which caught many experts off guard.
Alvin A.H. Jornada, Freelance Photographer / Special to The Chronicle
The DoorDash offices in San Francisco include an in-house coronavirus testing center set up by Predicine. Like many companies, the delivery service made changes to accommodate remote and hybrid work environments and help employees stay healthy.
Jessica Christian / The Chronicle
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park returned in October after a three-year hiatus, offering COVID testing and vaccinations along with music. Over the course of 2022, life began returning to normal even as the coronavirus continued to make its presence felt.
Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle
Concerns over COVID-19
appeared to take a back seat
in many people’s minds during the holidays. But the
continued to spread in 2022 in San Francisco and across the state, as well as sickening and killing many people.
In 2022, the third year of the pandemic, San Francisco had about 118,000 confirmed cases — about 2.5 times as many as in 2021, according to data as of Dec. 27. Statewide, there were about 2 million more cases in 2022 than the year before.
Yoohyun Jung is the Deputy Data Editor for The San Francisco Chronicle. She joined the Chronicle as a data reporter in 2021.
Prior to The Chronicle, she worked as a data journalist for Honolulu Civil Beat, a watchdog news organization covering the Hawaiian islands. Born in Seoul, Yoohyun began her career in Arizona, where she worked for two of the state's largest newspapers covering various beats, including criminal justice and education. She is also an alumna of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting Investigative Fellowship and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute.
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Jenny Kwon joined The San Francisco Chronicle as a graphics reporter in 2022. They grew up in Austin and studied a mix of public health, data science and journalism at UC Berkeley. Previously, Kwon was a graphics intern at The Seattle Times and a data journalism intern at The San Francisco Public Press.
In their free time, they love doing arts & crafts, trying out new sports, dancing, attending concerts and using public transit to explore nearby cities.