Coronavirus cases continue to drop in SLO County, more vaccines available

February 1, 2021

The average number of new COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County has fallen to an average of 122 a day, or by 22 percent. Meanwhile, as the county receives more vaccines and some people cancel their appointments, there are more opportunities for people over 75 and health care workers to get vaccinated.

Residents can book appointments at ReadySLO for vaccine centers in Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo and at Cuesta College. Local health officials are now recommending applicants check in daily.

During the past three days, 336 people have tested positive for the  coronavirus in SLO County, bringing the county’s total to 17,615 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the state, which provides more current data than SLO County.

With nine new deaths during the past three days from COVID-19, there are now 177 confirmed fatalities in SLO County.

There are 52 SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, with 15 in intensive care units.

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

  • Paso Robles – 3,492
  • San Luis Obispo – 3,214
  • California Men’s Colony (inmates) – 2,362
  • Atascadero – 1,629
  • Nipomo – 1,324
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,269
  • Grover Beach – 737
  • Oceano – 618
  • Templeton – 526
  • San Miguel – 439
  • Los Osos – 413
  • Morro Bay – 366
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 335
  • Pismo Beach – 285
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 206
  • Cambria – 163
  • Shandon – 128
  • Santa Margarita – 120
  • Creston – 76
  • Cayucos – 64
  • Avila Beach – 26
  • San Simeon – 16
  • Bradley – 7

In Santa Barbara County, there have been 28,830 confirmed coronavirus cases and 298 deaths, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

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

    • Santa Maria — 9,895
    • Santa Barbara — 5,243
    • Lompoc — 2,984
    • Orcutt — 1,516
    • Lompoc Federal Prison — 1,079

As of Monday afternoon, there have been 3,320,726 positive cases, and 41,151 deaths in California.

More than 26,895,255 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 453,971 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 103,894,491 cases with 2,246,482 dead.

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The vaccine appears to be killing the elderly almost as much as the virus is. Hank Aaron (Hall of Famer in baseball) took the vaccine and two weeks later died. If you are elderly, I’d think twice and do your research before taking the vaccines.

Believe in conspiracy theories, much? This has already been debunked. Hank Aaron died of natural causes, totally unrelated to his getting vaccinated for COVID. Aaron was 86 years old. Life expectancy for Black men in America is 73.

By the way, the vaccine (Pfizer) is not FDA approved. It is officially just an experimental vaccine, so Beware! An unknown media source from CA. is advertising on the radio that the Covid vaccine has been tested and is safe. This is definitely not true with the Pfizer vaccine, do the research yourself!

This vaccine, as well as the Moderna vaccine, have been given emergency use authorization from the FDA. This means that a highly regarded group of scientists delved into the issue and decided it was safe enough to release to the American populace. Tests revealed very little in the way of negative side effects for either vaccine, and since their release to several million people across the globe, including about 34% of the Israeli population, there have not been significant reports of problems with either vaccine.

Anecdotally, both my sister and niece, who both work in health care, have already received both doses and report all is well. My niece did get a little sick the night after her second dose but recovered well. My sister reported that she took a theraflu type medicine just after getting the second dose (recommended by a physician) and had zero side effects.