SLO County’s coronavirus cases continue to fluctuate

May 1, 2020

It has been seven weeks since San Luis Obispo County had its first confirmed coronavirus case, while new infection rates appear to have peaked five weeks ago, the numbers of new cases continues to fluctuate.

During the last week of March, the county noted a surge in new cases. During the past two weeks, there has been an increase in new cases, primarily at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) and in Paso Robles, with 61 confirmed cases. Since mid-April, nine inmates and one CMC staffer have tested positive for the virus.

  • Week 1: average 2.9 new cases a day
  • Week 2: average 5.6 new cases a day
  • Week 3: average 4.9 new cases a day
  • Week 4: average 2 new cases a day
  • Week 5: average 2.9 new cases a day
  • Week 6: average 5.1 new cases a day
  • Week 7: average 3.6 new cases a day

On Friday, SLO County announced four new cases of the virus. In the county, medical personnel have tested 2,792 people for the virus.

Of the 188 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 147 individuals have recovered and one has died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are seven people in the hospital — with two in intensive care, and 33 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 61
  • Atascadero 32
  • Arroyo Grande — 19
  • San Luis Obispo — 15
  • Nipomo — 14
  • CMC — 9
  • San Miguel — 8
  • Templeton — 7
  • Pismo Beach — 7
  • Morro Bay — 6
  • Other county cases — 10

As of Friday afternoon, there have been 51,775 positive cases and 2,111 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 1,126,432 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 65,598 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 3,392,718 cases with 239,178 dead.

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Why use the word fluctuate?….isn’t this what is suppose to happen…isn’t this what we did the shut in for?….so we could peak and then lower the number of cases….and Morro Bay had 6 cases weeks ago….those cases must be cured by now so why keep showing the number?….sometimes I think the news media doesn’t want this to end…..


More testing = more cases. What matters is hospital numbers. Am self isolating in my camper on BLM land as my family’s paranoia is causing me severe anxiety.


The masked throngs of humanity jumping away from me when they see my unmasked face is causing me anxiety! I’m starting to think I’m really ugly.