(ETH) – San Francisco officials are warning that a surge in coronavirus is expected to come within a week or two, and “The worst is yet to come,” San Francisco Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax said at a news conference Monday. “Every community where the virus has taken hold has seen a surge in the number of coronavirus patients who need to be hospitalized. We expect that to happen in San Francisco soon, in a week or two, or perhaps even less.”

MSN is reporting that the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb exponentially in California, with more than 1,700 cases and 27 deaths by Monday afternoon. Just three weeks ago, there were only 43 cases and no deaths. Los Angeles County has reported more than 500 cases and eight deaths; the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area has reported more than 800 cases and 14 deaths.

Meanwhile, residents in the city of California are reportedly fleeing to deserts and mountains in efforts to escape the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in the cities. MSN, stated that as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in California’s largest cities, some residents are fleeing urban regions and seeking shelter in isolated communities in the Mojave Desert or rugged Sierra Nevada.

Their hope, they say, is to avoid possible public unrest and limit their exposure to the virus. In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced Thursday night that residents were forbidden from moving to or from vacation homes outside the city, along with a number of other health and safety restrictions aimed at fighting contagion.

Meanwhile, as cases rise in New York, many residents are also asking the same question. Should they leave to ride out the pandemic elsewhere? The Wall Street Journal recently reported that home rentals have surged in places New Yorkers typically turn to in the summer, from the Hamptons to Nantucket, Mass., as travel otherwise evaporated, according to AirDNA, a travel-booking analytics site.

Ricky Scaparo is the pastor and founder of the international ministry End Time Headlines. A ministry that provides resources to equip believers and to inform the discerning of the signs and seasons in which we live. His mission is to inform his readers and viewers of prophetic events and how they are unfolding before our very eyes through news and headlines presented from a prophetic perspective in light of the Holy Bible.