SLO County reports death of 8th resident with COVID-19

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 18:30:58-04

San Luis Obispo County is reporting Thursday that an eighth county resident with COVID-19 has died.

Health officials say the person was in their 80s with underlying health conditions. The patient had been hospitalized for three days after being discharged from a long-term care facility that recently had an outbreak.

San Luis Obispo County also reported 74 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 1,467 confirmed cases as of July 23.

It's the largest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began.

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

Another 465 people are recovering at home and 978 people have recovered.

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

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Health officials say 445 cases, or about 30% of the county's total, are the result of the patient having direct contact with a person who tested positive for the virus; 382 cases are attributed to community spread; and, 121 cases are the result of travel outside the county. Another 519 cases are still under investigation.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 358
  • San Luis Obispo - 225
  • Nipomo - 205
  • Atascadero - 157
  • Arroyo Grande - 131
  • Grover Beach - 69
  • Templeton - 56
  • San Miguel - 45
  • Pismo Beach - 41
  • Oceano - 33
  • Los Osos - 31
  • Morro Bay - 18
  • Santa Margarita - 13
  • Cambria - 13
  • California Men's Colony inmates - 11
  • Cayucos - 9
  • Shandon - 9
  • Avila Beach - 6

An additional 26 cases are in communities with fewer than five cases, and the Public Health Department is not identifying those locations. The location of eleven cases is listed as "under investigation."

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