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

Posted at 2:11 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 22:30:42-04

A third San Luis Obispo County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has died, according to the County Public Health Department.

Health officials say the person was 61-years-old, had significant underlying health conditions, and was living in a long-term care facility. The patient had reportedly been hospitalized with COVID-19 for about two weeks.

San Luis Obispo County also reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 845 confirmed cases as of July 8.

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

Another 227 people are recovering at home and 601 people have recovered.

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The pop-up testing clinic in Atascadero will only be open through Thursday, July 9. It will move to Nipomo next week and will be open from Monday, July 13, to Thursday, July 16.

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Health officials say 349, or about 41%, of the county's total cases are the result of the patient having direct contact with a person who tested positive for the virus; 284 cases are attributed to community spread; and, 99 cases are the result of travel outside the county. Another 113 cases are still under investigation.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 203
  • San Luis Obispo - 141
  • Nipomo - 125
  • Atascadero - 85
  • Arroyo Grande - 66
  • San Miguel - 35
  • Grover Beach - 33
  • Templeton - 27
  • Pismo Beach - 25
  • Oceano - 17
  • Los Osos - 16
  • 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 four cases is listed as "unknown."

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