California nearing 18,000 coronavirus cases, while SLO County slows

April 7, 2020

Almost 18,000 California residents have tested positive for the coronavirus and 447 have died as of Tuesday night. But there is hopeful news, the number of new cases in San Luis Obispo County continues to slow.

During the past seven days, SLO County has averaged 2.7 new cases a day. A week earlier, SLO County was averaging 5.6 new cases a day.

Meanwhile, county officials are preparing for an increase in cases, which continues to be a possibility. The alternative care center at Cal Poly, for people who have been released from the hospital but who still need medical care, will be up and running on Wednesday.

Of the 99 confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Luis Obispo County, 71 individuals have recovered and one has died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are three people hospitalized in intensive care units, and 24 recuperating at home.

On Tuesday, the SLO County Health Department reported four new cases of the virus.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 27
  • Atascadero 19
  • Arroyo Grande — 14
  • San Luis Obispo — 8
  • Morro Bay — 6
  • Templeton — 6
  • Nipomo — 6
  • Other county cases — 13

Four San Luis Obispo County individuals with the Coronavirus are under 18 years of age, 39 are between the ages of 18 to 49 years of age, 27 are between the ages of 50 to 64 years of age, and 29 are 65 and above.

Increases in the number of cases in California continues to grow at a high rate. As of Tuesday evening, there have been 17,614 positive cases and 447 deaths.

Currently, more than 400,489 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 12,857 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 1,431,912 cases with 82,083 dead.

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Why aren’t the public health people showing a map of where the 27 ACTIVE Cases are, not what has gone on in the past? Who cares where the 72 recovered/died lived? That is past history and irrelevant to the future. And have a table showing where the 27 are from. We see maps by Country, by State, and even by County. Why not by city?

What is more valuable news, that 27 people in Paso HAD the bug and 19 in Atascadero HAD it, OR that right now, of the 27 people with it, 22 are in Arroyo Grande and none in Paso (Totally made up numbers, don’t quote or infer anything, just a demonstration of the value of better, more up-to-date data). If this were the case, I would avoid (social distancing by miles) AG, but have a much lesser concern going out in Paso or A-Town to the store. Wouldn’t you?

They put out all sorts of ads about “get the facts” “fight the fear”. Well give us the facts, not shield us for some unknown reason. If you think this will scare people, well we better stop putting out any data for the County, only put out California data. Then we won’t be scared? Better yet, skip the State and just put the USA’s numbers. Then no fingers can be pointed.

Isn’t that the way to promote fear, fear of your neighbors, the person walking on the street by not disclosing the locations? I’m not saying give us the street address, just a better breakdown in the County.


Amen, brother.



This is a BAD BUG. Originally, US mortality was about 1.5%, but as this plays out it, is now at 3% and climbing…. hopefully we will not reach the Iranian potential of 8%. Countywide, subtracting the recovered from the total number of cases , still at a very light caseload in the twenties. Prob hundreds out there not tested, but not really very sick ether. GO scientists, perhaps these guys weren’t the most popular in high school, but they are our heroes now.