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Second case of COVID-19 reported in San Luis Obispo County

Posted at 12:52 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 16:04:24-04

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department says another individual in San Luis Obispo County tested positive for coronavirus, making this the second confirmed case in the county.

The first confirmed case was reported yesterday, after the County Public Health Laboratory conducted over 100 tests for COVID-19 last week. This second positive test result was reported to County Public Health by a private-sector laboratory that conducted the test for COVID-19, according to a press release from the health department.

Health officials say the second individual with the coronavirus is an adult under the age of 60 with significant underlying health conditions and is a South County resident.

Officials say the second individual contacted their health care provider when they developed a fever and cough. A private-sector laboratory is conducting testing and has notified the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department.

The individual is currently recovering in isolation at home until the public health department gives them clearance, said the press release.

County health officials say this is likely another case of community transmission in California.

"We are all in this together and we need to each do our part to slow down the speed at which people get exposed to COVID-19, so that we don't overwhelm our health care system," said Dr. Penny Borenstein, the health officer of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department.

The health department also says it is working with partners in health care, education, business, law enforcement and others "to prepare our community and to limit further spread."