Cal Poly students continue to drive surge in coronavirus cases

November 9, 2020


San Luis Obispo County set a record for new coronavirus cases, with 128 people testing positive for the virus on Saturday, the majority of whom attend Cal Poly.

During the past six days, SLO County reported 233 new coronavirus cases, with 76% of those being between the ages of 18 and 29-years-old. In addition, 111 are residents of SLO and another 46 live on the Cal Poly campus.

Of the 4,794 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 4,289 individuals have recovered, and 33 have died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are six people in the hospital — two in the intensive care unit, and 468 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

Paso Robles — 1,184
San Luis Obispo — 1,029
Atascadero — 446
Nipomo — 374
CMC inmates — 294
Arroyo Grande — 252
San Miguel — 184
Grover Beach — 173
Templeton — 159
Oceano — 145
Cal Poly residents — 111
Morro Bay — 72
Pismo Beach — 71
Los Osos — 66
Shandon — 58
Santa Margarita — 37
Cambria — 36
Creston — 28
Cayucos — 19
Avila Beach — 10
San Simeon — 6
Other county cases — 19

As of Tuesday evening, there have been 983,371 positive cases, and 18,005 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 10,421,956 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 244,448 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 451,239,330 cases with 1,269,120 dead.

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Again, the college set can read too, and the facts are that not a single person under the age of 30 has died. Furthermore, we’ve only had a handful of people in our ICU’s and almost to a person every one of them had previous health issues/already hospitalized or were elderly. They see these stats and figure they’re more apt to die from the flu than covid.

Mr. Armstrong,

PLEASE send the vast majority of students home so that their parents can babysit them. All classes need to be online except for upper division courses such as labs which require in person instruction. The students allowed to remain then need to live in the dorms & be restricted to the campus which is almost 10,000 acres.

Totally agree.

In New Mexico right now where everyone wears a face mask in stores, restaurants, etc. one restaurant took temperatures, and the customer signs in for contact tracing if need be. Not burdensome, restaurants open, stores open, not a big deal. The sign in seems to me to be a plus for future marketing.

Maybe the downtown marchers, you know the white BLM and antifers.

More corona fear porn for the weak minded and frightened…..

By all means, please go out and try to catch this “fake” virus, but when that happens, remember to stay at home with your bleach and don’t even think about using up any hospital beds, ventilators, or experimental treatments because of your idiocy. Save those for the people with an ounce of common sense.

I invite you to speak with medical professionals and those on the front lines who see the devastating effects of COVID-19 on a daily basis. Yesterday, my husband transported an unconscious, intubated man in his 20’s to a hospital out of the area and witnessed his sobbing family members as he was loaded into the helicopter. They couldn’t get close and may never see him alive again.

One of my family members who is extremely fit and healthy also had it and has lasting lung issues that may not resolve. He went from biking everywhere, playing competitive water polo with a Division 1 college team, and swimming on a daily basis to being unable to ride his bike a couple of blocks without getting winded.

Another healthy friend in her early-40’s had it six months ago, has heart and lung damage, and her quality of life has gone from great to terrible. There are valid reasons to take this virus seriously.

A positive test result isn’t the same as being sick or contagious. I’m curious how many of these “cases” are serious. I’m guessing none of them.

Some people get COVID-19 without ever showing symptoms but they can still spread the infection to others. Usually not serious in 18-25 year olds, but it might kill grandma.

They aren’t serious because a bunch of young people have it. Who, by the way, are active in our community and possibly spreading it to older folks. Hate to say it, but we are going back a tier if the community can’t follow simple guidelines.

Hey Mayor Harmon, and Jeff Armstrong, your city and campus are both “super spreaders” of the virus. You both continue to fail your communities and the safety of all because of your lack of leadership and complete incompetence. Do you have any sense of responsibility or accountability? It would appear not. Fools of the same feathers.

Nice going cal poly

They no longer think it’s that big of a deal since they all know someone by now who has had COVID and gotten over it without much disruption. Most of their parents and grandparents aren’t here, so they no longer give a shit..

They don’t give a shit, just like non-mask wearing “conservatives” I guess. Be honest half our population doesn’t give shit. If they did we would have more people wearing masks, and slowing the spread. 200k a day now..

Why single out the young? They’ve been told by Trump since day 1 not to worry because they are young. They’re merely acting as instructed.

Wear a mask.

It seems the bigger issue with the students isn’t the mask wearing but the lack of social distancing behind the scenes. Can’t wear a mask while chugging drinks – the better guidance is just not to throw these parties in the first place. It’s going to push us back a tier and that in turn is probably going to devastate more local businesses.

Yan- I am a conservative and I wear a mask everywhere, gloves at work, sanitizing dozens of times throughout the day, I have my temperature taken for work on an average of 35 times per week. I take off my clothes outside and separate my laundry.

– Also Yan, I’m not racist, not misogynistic, not homophobic, not transphobic, and I love my country, I am educated, informed, and want a smaller government.

It bothers me to see students blow this off and gather. It bothered me to see groups protesting and rioting, and it bothered me when thousands gathered after the Lakers Championship.

Hopefully their parents are smart enough not to invite them home for Thanksgiving…