San Luis Obispo County says a sixth county resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.
Health officials say the individual was in their 90s and lived at a long-term care facility for the elderly. They say the patient was infected through person-to-person spread at the facility.
"This disease is spread person-to-person in SLO County, which means each of us can play a part in breaking that chain of transmission," said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. "I ask you to do your part: avoid social and multi-family gatherings, maintain six feet of distance when leaving the house, and wear a face covering in public if you can."
The Public Health Department says older adults, people with health conditions, and people living in congregate settings are at higher risk from COVID-19; however, younger adults and those without chronic health conditions have also faced serious illness and hospitalization.
As of Tuesday, San Luis Obispo County was reporting a total of 1,078 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Fourteen people are hospitalized, including six patients who are in the ICU. Another 359 people are recovering at home and 699 people have recovered.
For more information on the county's COVID-19 response, visit readyslo.org.