San Luis Obispo County reports first coronavirus death

April 4, 2020

A man in his 80s who tested positive for the coronavirus died in a San Luis Obispo hospital on Saturday, the county’s first death related to the pandemic.

For more than a week, the North County man had been in the intensive care unit on a ventilator. He had a history of other illnesses and underlying conditions.

There are currently 93 confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Luis Obispo County, with 65 individuals having recovered and one death. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are five people in the hospital — with three in intensive care, and 22 recuperating at home.

On Saturday, the SLO County Health Department reported no new cases of the virus.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 26
  • Atascadero 18
  • Arroyo Grande — 13
  • San Luis Obispo — 8
  • Morro Bay — 6
  • Templeton — 6
  • Nipomo — 6
  • Other county cases — 10

Three San Luis Obispo County individuals with the Coronavirus are under 18 years of age, 37 are between the ages of 18 to 49 years of age, 24 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 Saturday afternoon, there have been 13,649 positive cases and 320 deaths.

Currently, more than 310,133 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 8,442 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 1,199,711 cases with 64,667 dead.

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I had a friend that was sick congestion and severe cough for over a week went to doctor they gave him perscription for cough med. and never checked fo the Covid Virus so how are they every going to get the right info on people infected if they don’t test them. Is the test just a waste of time and does it really tell you for sure if you had the virus.

Isn’t the real story that there is only 1 testing facility in California and they have a backlog of 60,000 tests to get through. People are being told to quarantine and there 2 weeks are up before they ever hear they are positive or negative. I brought my 65 year old mom who was having severe chest pains to a Hospital in SLO on Wed. Dr said she had pneumonia within minutes of getting there and putting her on an ekg to make sure it wasn’t a heart attack. They kept her overnight and released her in the morning. Nurse called to pick her up and said there was nothing wrong with her. I asked why the Dr said she had pneumonia and she said she would check and call back.. 10 minutes later I get the call and am told she does have pneumonia but the Dr forgot to tell anyone or write it on her chart, she got no antibiotics. When questioned about Covid they said she doesn’t have it.. when pressed harder they finally admitted they didn’t have tests kits to check and even if they did it would take over a week if not longer to get the results. I had to go to Urgent care to get antibiotics prescribed after picking her up from the hospital.

Not a very confidence inspiring story, to say the least. Lends truth to the old axiom, that when you go to the hospital, you need to have an advocate to make sure the ball does not get dropped. (There, I said that relatively politely!) Good luck with your mom.

Mystic One , you were given bad information. There are plenty of tests available and MANY private testing sites getting the results back in 2 days or less. It’s the public health labs ( which do the minority of the testing) that are struggling.

So all the news stories like this one are wrong? Seen at least a dozen in the last 24 hours.

Yes, that is wrong. Sources which quote other sources often compound old or outdated info. Old, in this instance, means 4 or 5 days

Doing the math, we now have ONLY 28 active cases of COVID 19, and fewer ICU cases and one death. Almost 2/3rds have recovered. Does that mean that the “shelter at home” is working? I also recognize that there are many Covid cases that are not being reported who are not sick enough to be on the official “radar screen” either. At what point do we say “enough” to the destruction of the economy?

We say “enough” when Governor Newsom and state health officials say so. They have done a pretty good job for us so far.

what’s ya matter wit’ y’all time to take it …

I am in the 3rd dist. never voted Hill, worked maybe 40 hours against, bros/sis you better remind me why not to abandoned u for Hill and his. Being real I will give you 48, in my rural hood I am “pops” influential

Buddy, are you okay?