San Luis Obispo now has 107 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Friday, April 10 – up 3 cases from yesterday, according to the County Public Health.
Of the total cases, 20 patients are at home in isolation, 83 patients have recovered, 3 are currently hospitalized. Two of the hospitalized patients are in intensive care. Still, only one death has occurred due to the virus.
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in SLO County
County Public Health has now conducted 639 tests in which 44 have tested positive. Private laboratories have detected 63 cases, but the number of tests conducted is unknown, according to County Public Health.
Despite testing more people in the past few days and reaching maximum capacity of tests, there is still a concern about certain areas not being tested.
“We might be missing pockets of disease,” SLO County Health Officer Penny Borenstein said during the press conference.
The concern is mainly for people without health insurance and who don’t speak English or may be uninformed about the virus.
To address this concern, SLO county has its first pop up testing clinic in San Miguel, just north of Paso Robles, and tested those with symptoms.
Going forward with pop up clinics, the county will take into account if the clinics are recognizing people with the disease.
Borenstein wants to make it clear that they will turn away people from the pop up clinics who have insurance or other means of getting tested.
Another clinic is planned to be in South county in the coming days.
Part of the increase in testing did come from the pop up clinics, but there was also a couple days of internal miscommunication where people who did not meet the criteria were scheduled for testing. Borenstein made the call to continue the scheduled appoints, which is why the county hit the maximum capacity for tests over the past few days.
The highest increase of confirmed cases in one day still remains at nine.
There are four cases of coronavirus in those zero to 17-years-old, 41 in ages 18 to 49-years-old, 30 in 50 to 64-years-old and 32 in those 65 and older.
Coronavirus cases by city
At the last White House coronavirus task force meeting, Dr. Anthony Fauci said a new antibody test, which would show if someone has been recently exposed to the virus and would have immunity if exposed again, will be available within a week.
This antibody, or serological, test would help demonstrate how the virus has spread through a community, however San Luis Obispo will only be using the nasal tests for now.
“We are not anticipating serologic tests any time in the foreseeable, near future,” Borenstein said.
The overall goal of SLO county was to slow the spread of COVID-19 as to not overwhelm the healthcare system and according to County Emergency Services Director Wade Horton, they are succeeding.
SLO county has increased the number of ventilators from 60 to 71 and is expecting another shipment next week.
They also expect to expand their testing capabilities up to 500 tests per day sometime in the near future.
Horton said at the press conference that the coronavirus task force is working on a transition plan to return to normal when it is deemed safe to do so.