Fourth SLO County resident dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Posted at 1:22 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 16:38:30-04

San Luis Obispo County says a fourth resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.

Health officials say the patient was 52-years-old, had significant underlying health conditions, and was living in a long-term care facility that recently experienced an outbreak of coronavirus. The patient was reportedly taken to a hospital over the weekend after beginning to experience symptoms.

San Luis Obispo County also reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 877 confirmed cases as of July 9.

Thirteen people are hospitalized, including five patients who are in the ICU.

Another 247 people are recovering at home and 612 people have recovered.

Free COVID-19 tests are currently available to the public in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo.

A pop-up testing clinic that was open through Thursday this week in Atascadero will be relocated to Nipomo starting Monday, July 13, through Thursday, July 16.

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Health officials say 349, or about 40%, of the county's total cases are the result of the patient having direct contact with a person who tested positive for the virus; 287 cases are attributed to community spread; and, 99 cases are the result of travel outside the county. Another 142 cases are still under investigation.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 214
  • San Luis Obispo - 144
  • Nipomo - 127
  • Atascadero - 93
  • Arroyo Grande - 68
  • San Miguel - 35
  • Grover Beach - 34
  • Templeton - 29
  • Pismo Beach - 26
  • Oceano - 17
  • Los Osos - 17
  • California Men's Colony inmates - 11
  • Morro Bay - 11
  • Cambria - 7
  • Santa Margarita - 7
  • Shandon - 6
  • Cayucos - 6
  • Avila Beach - 5

An additional 15 cases are in communities with fewer than five cases, and the Public Health Department is not identifying those locations. The location of five cases is listed as "unknown."

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