Coronavirus deaths in San Luis Obispo County nearing 200

February 5, 2021

There were 95 coronavirus deaths in January in SLO County, surpassing the number of fatalities in 2020. With 17 new deaths during the past four days from COVID-19, there are now 194 locals who have lost their lives to the virus.

The average number of new COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County has fallen to an average of 111 a day, or by 31 percent in seven days.

During the past four days, 443 people have tested positive for the  coronavirus in SLO County, bringing the county’s total to 18,058 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the state, which provides more current data than SLO County.

There are 45 SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, with nine in intensive care units.

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

  • Paso Robles – 3,606
  • San Luis Obispo – 3,410
  • California Men’s Colony (inmates) – 2,371
  • Atascadero – 1,687
  • Nipomo – 1,370
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,307
  • Grover Beach – 749
  • Oceano – 633
  • Templeton – 545
  • San Miguel – 452
  • Los Osos – 430
  • Morro Bay – 375
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 335
  • Pismo Beach – 290
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 207
  • Cambria – 167
  • Shandon – 134
  • Santa Margarita – 121
  • Creston – 77
  • Cayucos – 65
  • Avila Beach – 26
  • San Simeon – 21
  • Bradley – 7

In Santa Barbara County, there have been 29,564 confirmed coronavirus cases and 334 deaths, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

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

    • Santa Maria — 10,121
    • Santa Barbara — 5,395
    • Lompoc — 3,097
    • Orcutt — 1,547
    • Lompoc Federal Prison — 1,079

As of Friday evening, there have been 3,375,571 positive cases, and 43,318 deaths in California.

More than 27,391,589 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 470,310 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 105,391,589 cases with 2,306,868 dead.

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I know of four deaths that were listed as Covid19. They all were elderly, had underlying conditions and one actually died of a heart attack, had no symptoms of Covid19 but tested positive. One person was already in a weakened condition, fell and hit his head and died. Tested positive for Covid19 and a relative told me Covid19 was listed as cause of death. These could very well be exceptions, this is just anecdotal but I am wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences?

A friend’s father passed a couple of months ago. He had been battling cancer for more than a year. Covid was listed as cause of death and the family was livid. They insisted it be changed and it was.

Hospitals get paid 20% higher Medicare rates for COVID treatment per the COVID relief bill. Nuff said.