After almost two months of increasing COVID-19 case rates, the rise of new infections rates has slowed in California, though students returning to school are likely to have an impact.
The Delta strain is a leading factor in the increase in infections across the Central Coast, according to health officials. Of those infected since January in San Luis Obispo County, 97.5% were unvaccinated.
Cornavirus rates per 100,000 residents:
Kings County — 53.6 cases
San Luis Obispo County — 36.6 cases
Fresno County — 34.7 cases
Los Angeles County — 28.6 cases
Ventura County — 27.8 cases
Kern County — 26.4 cases
Tulare County — 26.0 cases
Santa Barbara County — 24.2 cases
San Benito County — 18.7 cases
Monterey County — 12.2 cases
During the past three days, 425 SLO County residents tested positive for the coronavirus and one died. There are now 42 SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, with 10 in intensive care.
Of the 425 new cases, Paso Robles leads with 94 cases, followed by Atascadero with 82, Atascadero with 71, San Luis Obispo with 64 and Nipomo with 30.
As of Friday afternoon, 24,162 people in SLO County have tested positive for the virus and 274 have died.
There have been 4,218,769 positive cases, and 65,038 deaths in California.
More than 38,402,116 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 644,312 have died.
In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 211,912,327 cases with 4,433,640 dead.