SLO County COVID-19 deaths reach 119, with eight more in two days

January 14, 2021

With eight new deaths over the past two days from COVID-19, there are now 119 confirmed deaths in San Luis Obispo County.

During the past two days, 399 people tested positive for the  coronavirus in SLO County, bringing the county’s total to 14,367 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the state. The State of California’s website provides more current data than SLO County, which lags behind.

There are 50 SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, with seven in intensive care units.

Cases by area, these numbers are from SLO County’s delayed reporting:

  • Paso Robles – 2,931
  • San Luis Obispo – 2,696
  • California Men’s Colony (inmates) – 1,740
  • Atascadero – 1,277
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,051
  • Nipomo – 999
  • Grover Beach – 622
  • Oceano – 494
  • Templeton – 424
  • San Miguel – 368
  • Los Osos – 324
  • Morro Bay – 290
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 256
  • Pismo Beach – 215
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 167
  • Cambria – 113
  • Shandon – 110
  • Santa Margarita – 98
  • Creston – 63
  • Cayucos – 53
  • Avila Beach – 23
  • Shell Beach – 13
  • San Simeon – 11

In Santa Barbara County, there have been 22,769 confirmed coronavirus cases and 214 deaths, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Cases by area, these numbers are from Santa Barbara County’s reporting:

    • Santa Maria — 8,133
    • Santa Barbara — 3,843
    • Lompoc — 2,330
    • Orcutt — 1,252
    • Lompoc Federal Prison — 1,076

As of Wednesday evening, there have been 2,846,432 positive cases, and 31,102 deaths in California.

More than 23,616,345 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 393,928 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 92,802,978 cases with 1,987,460 dead.

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Almost every community college in the state has a nursing program and/or EMT program. Every advanced student in these programs is very capable to give shots. If we used their learned skills we could vastly increase the availability of shot givers. This would be a win/win in that the students woul get first hand experience (at no cost to taxpayers since the students would be given academic credit, not pay) and the public would be availed to a quicker inoculation process. We have to get the process moving; the vaccine was developed in record time, it cannot be administered at a slow walk.

Also, the administration nightmare needs to stop. We all have figured out how to get the flu vaccine, I think that we can figure out how to cue up for the Covid vaccine without government coming up with an unworkable plan. Anyone who wants the Covid vaccine should be able to get it. Coming up with priorities by age, weight and size is just stupid, the idea is to keep people out of medical facilities, the government does not know the age, race or sex of the next person to be hospitalized.

Well, when I took EMT, we were not trained to give shots. That would require more advanced diagnostic skills. Paramedics could do injections. I would bet this has not changed. But training EMTs specifically for this might not be a bad idea.

As for knowing who is going to be hospitalized, there are literally mountains of data on who is most likely to be hospitalized or to succumb to covid19, based on age, physical condition, preexisting , etc., The statistics speak for themselves, so better you leave that one to the people who are actually keeping track.

But I can sympathize with your frustration. We’re all way past burned out on this. Health care workers most of all.