Are the numbers of new SLO County coronavirus cases leveling?

March 31, 2020

San Luis Obispo County’s attempts to control the spread of the coronavirus appear to be working, with the virus continuing a slow uptick in newly infected individuals. With the three additional cases reported today, 80 residents have tested positive since the first case was reported on March 14.

As of Tuesday afternoon, of the 80 San Luis Obispo County residents who have tested positive for the virus, 10 are in the hospital — with two in intensive care, 30 people have recovered, and 40 of the infected individuals are recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 21
  • Atascadero 14
  • Arroyo Grande — 12
  • San Luis Obispo — 8
  • Morro Bay — 6
  • Templeton — 6
  • Nipomo — 5
  • Other county cases — 8

Three San Luis Obispo County individuals with the Coronavirus are under 18 years of age, 34 are between the ages of 18 to 49 years of age, 20 are between the ages of 50 to 64 years of age, and 23 are 65 and above.

Increases in the number of cases in California continues to grow at a high rate. As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 8,504 positive cases and 180 deaths.

Currently, more than 188,530 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 3,889 have died, 748 on Monday.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 858,669 cases with more than 42,151 dead.

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If you are in your 70’s, a 8.6% fatality rate. For comparison, shuffling a deck of cards & drawing a King is 7.7%. Knowledge is power. The power to be safe.

Controlling spread or shortage of test kits? Possible to find out how much testing is being done?

Here is a great link to the number of tests. It is continuously updated and broken down by state.

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As of 11:05 AM 4/1, 1,064,506 tests have been run in the USA. 187,701 have tested positive, meaning that 17.6% of those tested have the virus.

With the advent of the 2 new Abbott test systems, a 45 minute test ( and the 5 minute test (, turning out 1,000,000 and 50,000 test kits/week respectively; and other labs efforrts, these percentages will tighten up quickly; i.e., doubling the sample population of today in a week!

Why is Paso Robles so friggin’ high? Are people there just careless? How much of these are the North of 24th and Creston-Commerce crowds?

North of 24th? What point are you trying to make Ralph?

We need numbers on the ethnics. Is that what you are trying to say? Say it then. Don’t be cute.

Yes, because it’s pertinent to behaviors and living arrangements which accelerate viral spread.

Much of Italy’s situation is attributable to 3-4 generations of extended family living under one roof, or in a cluster of co-located villas. The kids and young adults mingled with their peers, got infected, were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, and then brought the virus into their households where it infected their elders.

That same situation could be repeated here in large, extended ethnic families.

I don’t know what, if any, attention SLO Co. Public Health pays to such dynamics, but it’s worth studying and developing targeted education and outreach.