SLO County resident tests positive for the UK coronavirus variant

March 19, 2021

Residents of both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have tested positive for the UK variant of the coronavirus. The B.1.1.7 or UK variant of COVID-19 spreads more easily and causes more severe disease than other variants.

“We are so close to ending this pandemic and we can get there with your help,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County health officer. “Continue to wear your mask in public, stay physically distanced from those who don’t live with you, get tested for COVID-19 and get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you are eligible. These actions will continue to protect you from spreading the variants.”

Health workers have vaccinated more than 100,000 residents of SLO County.

Over the past three days, SLO County reported 74 new cases, bringing the county’s total to 20,189 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 253 have died.

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

Cases by area

  • Paso Robles – 3,986
  • San Luis Obispo – 3,858
  • California Men’s Colony (inmates) – 2,384
  • Atascadero – 1,902
  • Nipomo – 1,530
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,421
  • Grover Beach – 843
  • Oceano – 682
  • Templeton – 604
  • San Miguel – 512
  • Los Osos – 463
  • Morro Bay – 413
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 374
  • Pismo Beach – 329
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 206
  • Cambria – 175
  • Shandon – 139
  • Santa Margarita – 136
  • Creston – 84
  • Cayucos – 68
  • Avila Beach – 28
  • San Simeon – 21
  • Bradley – 7

In Santa Barbara County, there have been 32,798 confirmed coronavirus cases and 435 deaths, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Cases by area:

    • Santa Maria — 11,067
    • Santa Barbara — 6,147
    • Lompoc — 3,453
    • Orcutt — 1,728
    • Lompoc Federal Prison — 1,088

As of Friday evening, there have been 3,638,868 positive cases, and 57,033 deaths in California.

More than 30,425,787 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 554,104 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 122,898,897 cases with 2,713,585 dead.

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LOL! I told my wife last week, when we were moved from Purple, to Red status, to watch for a sudden surge or new variant to appear that will lock us all back down in Purple status immediately.

Can I call’em, or what?

Selling Fear, and the fact that everything has to be someone else’s fault are big business-

Welcome to the coast virus. You’ll like it here. Lots of easy targets because nobody wears masks.

Zoiebowie, I disagree, not my experience, my sense is that most people are wearing masks when in grocery stores, Home Depot, Costco etc. Occasionally some are ignoring mask protocols but my sense is that most people do the right thing, most of the time .

That’s just my experience.

Received second vaccination 10 days ago on March 24th I will be protected. Will donate blood then. Will continue to wear masks in public and wash hands to protect others.

Folks think COVID is so unusual, but I can go back through old family letters from 1870 on. Scarlet fever, polio, typhoid were often mentioned and caused early family deaths.

We are luck to get vaccines. We are lucky to live when and where we do.

Wise up, don’t screw up. 545,131 of our fellow Americans have died from COVID. Life expectancy has been reduced. Don’t be the last remaining doubting Thomas out there, get vaccinated, adhere to protocols, grow up.