Spike in coronavirus cases linked to college age residents of SLO

November 5, 2020

By CCN STAFF

New coronavirus cases in San Luis Obispo County reached the highest daily total since early August, with 74 people testing positive for the virus on Thursday, a large number of whom attend Cal Poly.

Of the 74 new coronavirus cases, 55 of those infected are between the ages of 18 and 29-years-old. In addition, 37 are residents of SLO and seven live on the Cal Poly campus.

The increase comes less than a week after some students attended Halloween themed functions.

“We want to move forward, not backward and we can turn this around before it negatively impacts the entire county,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “Young adults: You know what you need to do. Wear your face covering, avoid social gatherings with people outside of your social bubble, stay home if you’re sick, and get tested.”

During the past nine days, SLO County reported 256 new coronavirus cases. San Luis Obispo leads with 95 new cases, followed by Paso Robles with 47 and Atascadero with 27.

Of the 4,496 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 4,185 individuals have recovered, and 33 have died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are 10 people in the hospital — three in the intensive care unit, and 268 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

Paso Robles — 1,127
San Luis Obispo — 910
Atascadero — 429
Nipomo — 370
CMC inmates — 294
Arroyo Grande — 242
Grover Beach — 173
San Miguel — 150
Templeton — 153
Oceano — 143
Cal Poly residents — 69
Pismo Beach — 69
Morro Bay — 69
Los Osos — 66
Shandon — 58
Cambria — 36
Santa Margarita — 35
Creston — 26
Cayucos — 19
Avila Beach — 10
San Simeon — 6
Other county cases — 18

As of Tuesday evening, there have been 958,878 positive cases, and 17,864 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 9,919,522 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 240,953 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 49,018,297 cases with 1,239,410 dead.

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mb business owner

Follow the money, the city of San Luis Obispo does not want the students to go away nor does Cal Poly. So the students will continue to party and contract coronavirus and spread it to others. And the fact that they’re going home in two weeks means that they’ll take their virus and now spread it to their home towns. Time to close the University as they have done in many other states and take the hard approach.


oldcayucan

Buckle down the hatches! Put your mask on, make sure to wipe your shield down with windex and make dam sure to wear your gloves… It’s a dangerous world out there.


MrYan

It has been TWO full days since the election 120K new cases today in the nation.. Why hasn’t this virus gone away by now? Is the virus waiting for the AP to call the last few states just to be sure? I just don’t get it.


mazin

What do you think of the mRNA vaccine? Worth the risk for a temporary immunity?


blackjack

They fit the demographic that rushes to get tested in order to pick up some “likes” and attention . The rest of us just stayed home and went back to work . Please quit feeding the animals .


saywhat

So you’re saying that the “rest of us ” do not get tested, and so therefore the “rest of us ” would have a lot more cases than reported (and we probably exceed “them” in infection rate) The “rest of us ” went back to work and spread the infection while “they” are quarantining.


blackjack

Negative. At the first sign of any cold or flu symptoms, stay home until better rather than taking Dayquill and heading back out and about. If you can’t taste anything for consecutive days , it’s probably this virus. Assuming you’ve been masking up as dictated to , you will have caused minimal spread, so there is no need for anything involving doctors, the CDC, or testing in over 99% of cases. The vast majority that need treatment from this or any other pneumonia causing virus will be someone already spending the majority of their day lying horizontal in a nursing home bed. The minority that need treatment will go seek it as symptoms require. America is sick of this fear mongering narrative surrounding testing and the endless string of positive tests who are “recovering at home”.