A third San Luis Obispo County resident dies of coronavirus

July 9, 2020


A third San Luis Obispo County resident has died from the coronavirus, as the number of hospitalized patients continues to increase.

The 61-year-old patient had significant underlying health conditions and was living in a long-term care facility. About two weeks ago, he contracted the coronavirus and was admitted to a local hospital.

“We are saddened that another vulnerable SLO County resident has succumbed to this disease and offer our condolences to the patient’s family,” said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “This loss is a reminder that we must do all we can to protect those who are most vulnerable. They matter and they are important. It’s up to each of us to do our part.”

During the past 24 hours, there have been 37 newly confirmed coronavirus cases in San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Obispo leads with 11 new cases, followed by Paso Robles at eight cases.

Of the 845 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 601 individuals have recovered, and three have died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are 14 people in the hospital — six in intensive care, and 227 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 203
  • San Luis Obispo — 141
  • Nipomo — 125
  • Atascadero — 85
  • Arroyo Grande — 66
  • San Miguel — 35
  • Grover Beach — 33
  • Templeton — 27
  • Pismo Beach — 25
  • Oceano — 17
  • Los Osos — 16
  • CMC — 11
  • Morro Bay — 11
  • Cambria — 7
  • Santa Margarita — 7
  • Shandon — 6
  • Cayucos — 6
  • Avila Beach — 5
  • Other county cases — 19

As of Wednesday evening, there have been 296,075 positive cases, and 6,713 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 3,159,414 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 134,867 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 12,180,570 cases with 552,382 dead.

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Prayers for the family. And I might add that it is perfectly fine to loot, tear down and destroy our country but not ok to go to church and sing. Lord help us all.

Sad to hear this. I pray for the family of this person. The third death from Covid-19 since April. May it be the last.

I know this will go against the grain, but there have been 16 deaths in the county over the last month due to car accident’s, the shooting in the north county, and suicide all reported here on CCN. Many of those were in their early twenties. This doesn’t include the death’s that have happened due to drug overdoses that go unreported. Those are also in double digit over the last three months. My point being, where is the running count on these tragedies and precious lives? Do we ban driver’s under 25, access the cliffs or bluffs, and get more aggressive towards illegal drug use and those causing those deaths? Unfortunately, we just except and go on. Live is precious, enjoy the gift of each day.

I like the idea or regularly publishing a tally of road deaths and the details of the accidents. Having driven 5,600 USA miles over the past month and a half, Californians are very aggressive drivers, blowing off the speed limits, zipping between lane changes, and, quite frankly, very impolite driving. One of the things, I liked about SLO County was the concept of SLOwing down and chilling when you are here. Lighten up and relax, you’re in SLO and out of the rat race.

647,000 Americans die from heart disease every year; 606,000 Americans die from cancer each year; 146,000 Americans die from stroke each year; 105,000 die from kidney disease each year.

So what?

Germany has 9,100 COVID-19 deaths from a population of 81 million; South Korea has 237 deaths from COVID-19 from a population of 51 million; Australia has 106 deaths from COVID-19 from a population of 24 million; New Zealand has 22 deaths from COVID-19 from a population of 4 million.

The U.S. has 131,000 deaths from COVID-19 from a population of 325 million. Go ahead, do the math. You’ll find that we have a disproportionate number of deaths from this thing and that we continue to be the epicenter of a global pandemic. Anyone examining this rationally would have to come to the conclusion that the U.S. simply has no idea what it’s doing to protect its population or economy.

But, of course, life (not live) is precious and anything can happen. Nevertheless, in this country, the response from our federal government has been a colossal failure when compared to other nations.

As one who prides themselves on “common sense”, perhaps these certain other factors should enter into consideration, such as epidemiology, when making a “common sense” assessment. If one has never studied how it works, perhaps they should partake before commenting on how an outbreak should be handled.

Also, one should consider the other tolls taken from a disease besides death. Such as permanent brain damage, which sometimes occurs even in mild cases of Covid19, or the permanent respiratory damage or the possible heart attacks, and blood clots causing strokes which cause permanent damage even in the young and previously healthy. All these possible outcomes are somewhat common and create an ongoing cost to society (if cost is your main concern, as in how much a lockdown costs) which will last the lifetime of the survivors who are so afflicted.

As for “herd immunity”. which is still being touted on “Fox News”, it does not exist. We now know with some surety that people can lose their immunity and become re-infected within a few months time. This is VERY BAD NEWS. Those who become re-infected can suffer further permanent physical damage as well as another chance of mortality. As for the BS about 99% of cases being “mild”? If 20% of cases require at least the administration of oxygen, which means hospitalization and monitoring of medications, that is a criminally misleading statement.

I agree wholeheartedly that more could and should be done about all the other tragic death that occurs in our society, most especially among our precious young people. But our response to this virus will deeply affect our ability to respond to every other possible cause of death. We need to get it right, because as of now, we are headed in the wrong direction, with cases mounting exponentially.

In my opinion, since case studies and contact tracing are showing that most infections are happening from close contact with infected individuals in closed spaces (indoors) without masks, this should be avoided. Do we really need to congregate in bars at this moment in time? Indoor rallies? Restaurants? Seriously? I am as concerned about our small businesses as the next one, this situation has directly affected my ability to work, which is stressful and somewhat frightening to say the least,. But the facts are now in on how this virus propagates itself and the faster we starve it out of existence, the sooner we get our lives back.

Excellent post