Local health officials reported a ninth San Luis Obispo County resident has died due to COVID-19.
According to a news release sent to KSBY on Sunday, the individual was vulnerable as they were in their 70s with underlying health conditions.
The patient was hospitalized for more than two weeks beginning about one week after taking a trip out of state, according to health officials.
“This pandemic has claimed another life here in SLO County,” said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “As we mourn the loss of one of our neighbors, we can each do our part to slow the spread of this disease and protect others from COVID-19. Please stay close to home, wear a face covering in public, maintain six feet of distance when leaving the house, and wash your hands frequently.”
As of Friday, 1,500 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in SLO County, most of whom had recovered, said health officials.