Time to don a mask, SLO County inches to 93 coronavirus cases

April 3, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking Californians to wear a mask when entering a building that is not their home as another method of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. At this time, the state is strongly recommending the use of masks, but it is not a requirement.

While there is a shortage of manufactured masks, a scarf or homemade mask will do.

There are currently 93 confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Luis Obispo County, with 57 individuals having recovered. There are six people in the hospital — with four in intensive care,  and 30 recuperating at home.

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 Friday afternoon, there have been 12,267 positive cases and 275 deaths.

Currently, more than 277,161 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 7,392 have died, 1,321 on Thursday.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 1,098,390 cases with more than 59,150 dead.


Masks can give a very false sense of security, cause people to touch their faces repeatedly ( increasing risk of transfer), make folks become sloppy with social distancing and possibly worsen shortages of mask supplies. The airborne viral particles are SO small they will fly through the clothe screens. Plus the virus can get into the human body through the eyes ( tears). Mandatory gloves seems more scientifically sound. The N95 masks need to fitted properly and should be for direct contact interactions only. The mandatory “wear mask” order is NOT a great idea in that it may backfire.


Didn’t the surgeon general just tell us a month ago that mask don’t work?


Shame on 3m…..4 weeks now and not one mask of any type in any store or on line anywhere…..


Thank you for the colossally good advise. Yes, time to don a mask, isolate, protect.


Ever since the mass shortage of masks available for purchase started, a lot of news resources have been sharing DIY mask advice, some of which do not require sewing. Are these as effective as the N95? Probably not. However, if everyone were to don a mask or protection of some sort, I’d feel a lot more at ease any time I needed to brave the grocery store. Expressions like “… better to err on the side of caution…” are spoken and repeated for a reason.



They say wearing a mask helps others from spreading the virus when they cough so why aren’t the people at grocery stores etc that are closer than 6 ft to you wearing them and gloves? Will be soon required to completely cover our bodies with sanitized suits to go out? You can’t buy any of the sanitizing items online or in store which is sad that we can’t supply the people with the things they need. We need to wean ourselves off of other countries suppling items to us as this virus has shown us it is necessary to be able to be self sufficient.


Yes they should be wearing masks & gloves. As for the rest of us, the best protection is a mask, some kind of eye shield, and gloves. Remove clothes when come and clean. Seems like a lot, yes, but better than getting sick.


Shop early and rarely. Best protocol for healthy nutrition, SLO Foods Co-op, imho


wash the veggies quasi-organic, real healthful, veggies 20 seconds like hands … keep safe, a la Jesus, keep safe my sis/bro family … old man

from See Canyon worried


Time to don a mask? Where are people supposed to get said masks?? You would be lucky to find toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cleaning wipes at a store these days. You have zero chance of finding a mask unless you hamstered a bunch away months ago.


One way that many people are looking at it is that the primary advantage of any mask on a non-sick person is to keep you from touching your face while you are out in public. That, along with frequent hand washing, distancing and as much isolation as you can tolerate seems to be reasonable course of action.

There are lots of instructions on using bleach/water dilutions for sanitizing hard surfaces or items you bring into your house that you suspect – if you don;t have commercial sprays & wipes..


Lots of instructions online on how to make masks with common household items. What you can make at home ranges from crude, but helpful, to fairly effective if you have a sawing machine, non woven fabric (such as from reusable bags), and regular fabric for the other layer. Wearing masks should have been mandatory weeks ago. Not only can it prevent one from getting it, but it can reduce the number of people an infected person can pass on the virus to.


I trust Newsome


Y’all gone to value this, twice like a clock right, dude/ette???, negative. Give a seed a prayers.


The number of active cases peaked on 3-28 at 54. 29th-47, 30th-50, 31st-50, 1st-46, 2nd-41, 3rd-36.

Of course the TOTAL number will keep increasing, but given the trend of the last few days I am prayerful that the tide has turned.


Any credit due to California state government taking decisive action there KAGA2020?

While your point is valid, no contention here, I find it disturbing though that 3/4 of those hospitalized are in ICU.

This liberal shares the same prayer with you.


negative votes … what wakes this sand shuffling boys????


You R!


As of 4/4: We are in late accumulation per figure 6 in the article.