One Chinatown resident, diagnosed with terminal cancer and COVID-19, dies

Chinatown area has 14 COVID-19 cases. (Photo: Han Li)

San Francisco’s Chinatown has recorded at least one COVID-19 related death case since the pandemic hit the city. However, this densely-populated area keeps the title as the neighborhood with the lowest infection rate citywide.

The World Journal has learned that one Chinatown resident, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and tested positive for COVID-19, has died “two weeks ago”, according to the source. The patient has no COVID-19 symptoms but got tested as a regular routine during hospitalization.

The source said that the cause of death is more likely to be terminal cancer, an existing severe health problem, rather than COVID-19.

According to the published data from the San Francisco Department of Public Health(DPH), on July 8, the Chinatown area has cumulatively occurred 14 COVID-19 cases, marked with the lowest infection rate compared to all other San Francisco neighborhoods. But DPH’s data also indicate that there has “fewer than 10 individuals have died” in the Chinatown area, without providing an exact number.

On the DPH’s “Map of Confirmed Cases and Deaths”, Chinatown area is divided into four census-designated tracts: the east side close to Financial District, the west side near Nob Hill, the northern triangle area between Columbus and Mason, and the south blocks with the boundaries on Stockton, California, Keary, and Clay St.

Chinatown area has the lowest infection rate citywide. (Photo: DPH)

Each of the four tracts shows a separate data set of confirmed and death cases, and after consolidation, the total confirmed cases are 14, and the death cases are “fewer than 10”.

Three of the tracts have recorded confirmed and death cases, all “fewer than 10”, which means in the Chinatown area has at least three death cases for now. The south blocks, with 1,447 residents, recorded zero confirmed and death cases.

The lastest number of COVID-19 death in San Francisco is 50. Among them, 23 were of Asian descent, the majority are over 80-year-old, and 90% have underlying health conditions.


The Chinese language version of the story appeared on the World Journal on July 9, 2020.

Bilingual journalist. San Francisco-based.