Cluster of new coronavirus cases linked to graduation party

A recent increase in San Luis Obispo County coronavirus cases was linked to a graduation party in the North County. In addition, others contracted the virus from family members and through community contact.

In San Luis Obispo County, during the past five days, there have been 39 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, or 6.5 per day. Of those, nine were in Nipomo; eight in Atascadero; six in Arroyo Grande; four in Paso Robles; three in San Luis Obispo; and two each in Los Osos, Morro Bay, Grover Beach and Templeton.

“I understand the increase in cases in recent days may alarm some, yet it is not unexpected as we continue to reopen amid a pandemic,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, county health officer. “However, our hospitalized cases remain low and cases in the ICU remain low at this time, both of which we will be watching very closely moving forward.”

Of the 317 356 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 295 individuals have recovered, and one has died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are four people in the hospital — two in intensive care, and 56 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 127
  • Atascadero — 54
  • Nipomo — 40
  • Arroyo Grande — 32
  • San Luis Obispo — 27
  • CMC — 11
  • Templeton — 12
  • Pismo Beach — 9
  • San Miguel — 9
  • Morro Bay — 10
  • Grover Beach — 6
  • Los Osos — 5
  • Other county cases — 14

As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 159,041 positive cases, and 5,205 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 2,208,400 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 119,132 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 8,257,885 cases with 445,986 dead.

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