SLO County reports death of 12th person with COVID-19

Posted at 1:16 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 18:54:08-04

San Luis Obispo County is reporting that a 12th county resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.

Health officials say the patient was in their 80s and lived at Vineyard Hills Health Center where there has been an outbreak of COVID-19 among residents and staff.

The skilled nursing facility in Templeton has had a total of four residents and one former resident die after contracting the virus. Two of those deaths were reported on Tuesday.

The Public Health Department says it is working with the owner of the facility, Compass Health, to stop the spread of infection and prevent a larger outbreak. That reportedly includes isolation of those who are sick and ongoing testing.

San Luis Obispo County also reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 1,710 confirmed cases as of July 29.

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

Another 381 people are recovering at home, and 1,304 people have recovered.

San Luis Obispo County has had a total of 12 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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Health officials say 484 cases, or about 28% of the county's total, are the result of the patient having direct contact with a person who tested positive for the virus; 406 cases are attributed to community spread; and, 127 cases are the result of travel outside the county. Another 693 cases are still under investigation.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 431
  • Nipomo - 239
  • San Luis Obispo - 235
  • Atascadero - 199
  • Arroyo Grande - 138
  • Grover Beach - 80
  • Templeton - 63
  • Oceano - 48
  • San Miguel - 47
  • Pismo Beach - 45
  • Los Osos - 34
  • Morro Bay - 25
  • Cambria - 23
  • Santa Margarita - 17
  • California Men's Colony inmates - 11
  • Cayucos - 9
  • Shandon - 9
  • Avila Beach - 6

An additional 38 cases are in communities with fewer than five cases, and the Public Health Department is not identifying those locations. The location of 13 cases is listed as "under investigation."

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