SLO County’s COVID-19 surge continues, hospitals overwhelmed

January 18, 2022

By KAREN VELIE

San Luis Obispo County health officials reported a record high daily number of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with a 14 day average of 383.

The surge is overwhelming local hospitals. Health officials are asking the public not to visit emergency rooms for testing or for mild coronavirus symptoms.

“Our local health care system and hospital staff are under immense pressure driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, county health officer. “Please do not go to the ER for COVID-19 testing or mild symptoms.”

The number of SLO County residents in hospitals receiving treatment for the virus has again increased with 55 currently hospitalized, eight in intensive care.

During the past four days, 1,565 SLO County residents officially tested positive for the virus and two died — one in their 80s and one in their 100s. Paso Robles leads with 354 new cases, followed by San Luis Obispo with 281, Arroyo Grande with 180, Atascadero with 168, Nipomo with 135 and Grover Beach with 94.

In SLO County, 39,427 people have tested positive for the virus and 380 have died.

There have been 6,931,232 positive cases, and 78,206 deaths in California.

More than 68,448,894 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 876,933 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 334,748,326 cases with 5,572,468 dead.


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unusualsuspect

It just strikes me as strange, that after this much time to adapt and prepare, the hospitals are once again suddenly “overwhelmed”? How does that work exactly?


isoslo

If our government was serious about wanting the citizens to take the jab to help defeat covid you would think they would require all people entering the US at our southern border to take the jab, but they don’t. Why is that?


shelworth

Funny, today’s (1/19) headline of the Tribune says “Area’s Active Covid Cases Plunge”…


oldcayucan

We need to take every jab possible. If you can load up on the Moderna for your booster then head to Costco for the J and J and after the J and J got get your Pfizer jab even though the CEO says it wont stop the spread or stop you from getting covid. Take your shots sheep!


GreatGuy

Getting a vaccination does help prevent you from dying from Covid. Some people find that a compelling reason to get “the jab “.


Ben Daho

All our lives we’ve been vaccinated. When we had someone come from another land we wondered if they had been vaccinated. When 2 cases of Ebola came to America the outcry was to impeach the president for letting this Ebola get into America.2 CASES!


In my lifetime, I have NEVER seen anyone side with a virus. 850,000 Dead Americans and those wanting to fight it are called “sheep”. If it was 850,000 Dead from Illegal aliens stabbing someone, there would be an outcry. If it was ISIS killing 850,000 Americans there would be outcry. Our Country has asked us to help fight something and if we want to be patriots and join forces with other Americans against a DEADLY ENEMY, we are called Sheep.


I’m gonna go out on a limb here and not take medical advise from someone in a comments section of a local paper. Are you against ALL vaccines, or just ones that are punchlines in a political statement? Asking for a friend.


You need to think about your facts. https://youtu.be/gxeuka9MIpo