San Luis Obispo County's COVID-19 deaths rise to 16

Posted at 10:54 AM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-02 13:59:48-04

Health officials in San Luis Obispo County reported a sixteenth resident has died due to COVID-19 on Sunday morning.

According to a news release from the county's public health department, the individual was vulnerable to serious COVID-19 illness because they were in their 90s and had underlying health conditions.

Health officials added the person resided at Paradise Valley Care, an assisted living facility in Atascadero that is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.

Three COVID-19 related deaths have been associated with that facility's outbreak, according to local health officials. The San Luis Obispo Public Health Department is working with the assisted living facility to reduce the spread of the virus.

“As we mourn this loss, I want to remind everyone that we each can help prevent outbreaks and deaths of those who are more vulnerable to serious COVID-19 illness,” said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “Each of us can do our part to break the chain of infection before it reaches the most vulnerable among us.”

As of Friday, San Luis Obispo County health officials have reported 1,783 cases of COVID-19, most of whom have recovered, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department.

For updates on the coronavirus outbreak in San Luis Obispo County, visit or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903.