College age students in SLO linked to spike in coronavirus cases


New coronavirus cases in San Luis Obispo County reached the highest daily total since early August, with 74 people testing positive for the virus on Thursday.

Of the 74 new coronavirus cases, 55 of those infected are between the ages of 18 and 29-years-old. In addition, 37 are residents of SLO and seven live on the Cal Poly campus.

The increase comes less than a week after some students attended Halloween themed functions.

During the past nine days, SLO County reported 256 new coronavirus cases. San Luis Obispo leads with 95 new cases, followed by Paso Robles with 47 and Atascadero with 27.

Of the 4,496 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 4,185 individuals have recovered, and 33 have died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are 10 people in the hospital — three in the intensive care unit, and 268 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

Paso Robles — 1,127
San Luis Obispo — 910
Atascadero — 429
Nipomo — 370
CMC inmates — 294
Arroyo Grande — 242
Grover Beach — 173
San Miguel — 150
Templeton — 153
Oceano — 143
Cal Poly residents — 69
Pismo Beach — 69
Morro Bay — 69
Los Osos — 66
Shandon — 58
Cambria — 36
Santa Margarita — 35
Creston — 26
Cayucos — 19
Avila Beach — 10
San Simeon — 6
Other county cases — 18

As of Tuesday evening, there have been 958,878 positive cases, and 17,864 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 9,919,522 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 240,953 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 49,018,297 cases with 1,239,410 dead.

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