Paso Robles leads SLO County in new coronavirus cases

May 11, 2020

During the past two days, 12 people in San Luis Obispo County have tested positive for the coronavirus: nine in Paso Robles, two in Pismo Beach and one in Nipomo. During the past month, the majority of people with new coronavirus cases live in Paso Robles.

Throughout the county, medical personnel have tested 4,982 people for the virus.

Of the 226 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 172 individuals have recovered and one has died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are four people in the hospital — with two in intensive care, and 49 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 86
  • Atascadero — 34
  • Arroyo Grande — 19
  • San Luis Obispo — 17
  • Nipomo — 17
  • CMC — 11
  • Pismo Beach — 9
  • San Miguel — 8
  • Templeton — 7
  • Morro Bay — 7
  • Other county cases — 12

As of Monday afternoon, there have been 69,203 positive cases and 2,778 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 1,385,834 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 81,795 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 4,254,778 cases with 280,171 dead.

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mazin

What is SLO City with it’s: hospitals; dense shopping areas; downtown core; homeless population; airport; mass transit; etc. doing that other areas are not doing?

What are the occupations of who have had COVID-19? The vineyard pruning is a worry.


ddc1983

I’m all for masks to help stop the spread like that Vanity Fair article reports (although all it discusses is a simulation and not scientific studies for how effective masks are, so it’s based on assumptions that still need to be validated). Unfortunately for every article like this one, there are counter-studies like these ones:


https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/new-study-questions-the-effectiveness-of-masks-against-sars-cov-2#More-virus-on-outer-mask-surfaces


https://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Bae-et-al.-Effectiveness-of-Surgical-and-Cotton-Masks-in-Blocking-SARS–CoV-2-A-Controlled-Comparison-in-4-Patients-1.pdf


The topic of masks is all over the place right now. The cautious approach is just to wear them and hope that they do indeed prevent the virus from dispersing far. But this is America and not everyone is going to agree to requirements being imposed on them.


Ralph Snart

Mayhaps it is cheaper for people to die in assisted living in the north county. Most of us would probably want to expire as we look at the Pacific Ocean. We can’t all be so lucky.


Eyes Everywhere

My theory is that Paso has more cases because North County denizens are less likely to wear face masks and social distance. You can’t blame this on the tourists because Pismo gets a ton of tourists and they’re way down on the list.


mullyman

They will never look into why one area has a higher infection rate because as I listened to the hearing from all the ” experts ” this morning it was clear the committee just wanted to blame Trump for any problems instead of working together to help solve this problem. ” THE PEOPLE TO BLAME IS THE CHINESE DICTATORSHIP GOVERNMENT “!!!! Don’t buy anything from them not like pretty boy Newsom did when he spent millions buying masks from the people who caused the problem in the first place. That’s like taking the bully in school that just beat your ass up out for ice cream to thank him.


jkuhnle1@gmail.com

The reason for so many cases in the north county is vineyard workers. When the vineyard workers were pruning the grapes about a month ago, hundreds upon hundreds of them, there was a huge increase in cases but I guess it’s ok because it’s all about the grapes in the county. Grapes are not food and not essential in my opinion.


northcolifer

Most working side by side, socializing together during and after work, taking breaks together side by side and all the while most of us had to stay home and practice social distancing. Our board of supervisors knew what went on and didn’t care.


mazin

Dry organic red wine is an exceptionally healthy food. Dry red wine is low in sugar, a yeast ferment for gut health, with the heart beneficial and age combating supplement Resveratrol in red grape skins.

1) Dry red wine, 2) Turmeric with Meriva to help with absorption, 3) and 4) green tea and black coffee for cognition, 5) culinary algae oil, these are the five foods that reduce inflammation, enhance cognition, and prolong live spans that I am aware of.


Gordo

The CDC has studied the infection rates and determined that the higher rates of infection in Paso Robles were due to most residents breathing through their mouths, instead of their noses, like normal people.


Spacetrekker

Has anyone seen/heard an ‘expert’ explanation for why Paso has noticeably more cases per capita? Maybe it is due to more testing in the area. I’m just curious.


On the other hand, if the trend continues, it may be a sign of a mutation of the coronavirus to the new vinovirus.


You heard it here first.


shelworth

It’s population density, if you look at the list it pretty much goes by the town with the most apartment buildings first. Crowded NY, with it’s jammed public transportation system has the most cases of big cities.


IronHub

Here’s an expert explanation: many North County folks seem to believe they are too tough to attract the virus. The prevailing concept: Dems show masks, Reeps show scorn. The only thing mutating here is stupidity.


ddc1983

While not an “expert” opinion, I do wonder if the disparity is because of different behaviors between north county and south county populations. Masks are prevalent in both areas, though, and it’s still not clear to scientists or the CDC how big their contribution is to shielding the virus as compared to the bigger contributor, true social distancing. Are people mingling a lot more in Paso? Thankfully, it’s still a lot fewer cases than some of our neighboring counties!


kevin rise

As someone living here, Paso has an extremely lax stance in regard to populous it seems for wearing masks and social distancing. The 6 foot rule was no where to be seen during 2 large public gatherings recently or masks and covid is highly politicized here by locals of a demographic, and some of the council “question the seriousness of covid”. 2 demographics of people here both dont adhere to distancing measures and can be seen in public, I won’t say more in attempt to not stereotype peoples race, religion or politics, even thoug I’m stating demographics in a generalized manner. Currently I have no opinion on the matter of right or wrong. Paso city council also does not want the city to be counted as a city for case count. Rather a zip code for case count said the city manager. I say this as having talked to my council and city manager to understand their stance.