SLO County reports drop in new coronavirius cases, three new deaths

December 28, 2020

Following several weeks under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order and with the introduction of two coronavirus vaccines, the average number of new cases statewide and in San Luis Obispo County are trending down.

SLO County reported 11 new cases and three deaths on Christmas, 28 new cases on Dec. 26, 22 on Dec. 27, and seven on Monday. The average number of daily new coronavirus cases in SLO County dropped from a high of 159 on Dec. 23 to 131 on Monday, based on a 14 day average.

While new cases are down, SLO County hospitalization rates set a record on Monday: 59 hospitalized 12 of whom are in the ICU. Increases in the number of people hospitalized generally follows surges in new cases by several weeks.

During the past five days, SLO County reported 236 new coronavirus cases and four new deaths. San Luis Obispo and CMC lead both with 45 new cases, followed by Paso Robles and ASH both with 31 and Atascadero with 25.

Of the 9,539 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 7,380 individuals have recovered, and 70 have died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are 59 people in the hospital — 12 in the intensive care unit, and 2,016 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

Paso Robles — 2,162
San Luis Obispo — 2,052
Atascadero — 838
Arroyo Grande — 668
CMC inmates, SLO County numbers — 652
Nipomo — 650
Grover Beach — 370
Oceano — 318
Templeton — 292
San Miguel — 276
Cal Poly residents — 256
Los Osos — 190
Morro Bay — 178
Pismo Beach — 144
Ash-patients — 107
Shandon — 84
Santa Margarita — 79
Cambria — 66
Creston — 41
Cayucos — 37
Avila Beach — 14
San Simeon — 8
Other county cases where location has not yet been determined — 48

As of Monday afternoon, there have been 2,187,368 positive cases, and 24,430 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 19,754,278 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 342,953 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 81,621,413 cases with 1,780,331 dead.

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1 in 1000 Americans dead of COVID. Basically a September 11th worth of deaths every few days. Insert “This is fine” dog meme here…

Downvote this comment if you dislike these scary but true facts.

People sure have a hard time. Want to call it a hoax; just like the flu; various conspiracy theories; listen intently and then parrot any other possible explanation, no matter how poor the source or ridiculous the information … ANYTHING … but a realty that confronts their desperately held belief systems.

North Korea could learn from our fanatical right wing friends.

This can’t be correct, we are surging. The cases are surging

Good call

If you are in the hospital with a broken leg, or in ICU with a brain aneurysm, and upon admittance for those issues you are tested and come back positive for the virus…you can be asymptomatic and STILL be isted in the stats as COVID-hospitalized. The hospital/ICU stats don’t necessarily mean they are there due to complications from COVID.

To be so intellectually stuck, STILL rationalizing away the obvious.

20 ICU beds available

Not that it makes much difference but 12 out of the 53 ICU beds are Covid infections.

Unfortunately, this is probably just the calm before the storm as the post-Christmas surge from all the “spreader” holiday gatherings wrecks havoc.

Hopefully, the last wave before the vaccines become available. I know the vaccines have risks, and are no panacea, but COVID risks are greater.

I’m not saying “I told you so”, but my comment sure aged better than this article.

Per today’s CCN article: “San Luis Obispo County set a one-day record on Tuesday for coronavirus-related deaths, reporting eight fatalities.”

But thanks for all the down votes from you head-in-the-sand deniers.