San Luis Obispo now has 89 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Thursday, April 2 – up 6 cases from yesterday, according to the County Public Health.
Of the total cases, 33 patients are at home in isolation, 48 patients have recovered, 8 are currently in the hospital. Three of the hospitalized patients are in intensive care, increasing by one more patient since Wednesday.
Announced at Thursday’s press briefing, 15 cases are healthcare providers. This includes those that work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals or clinics, and first responders.
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in SLO County
County Public Health has now conducted 463 tests in which 40 have tested positive. Private laboratories have detected 49 cases, but the number of tests conducted is unknown, according to County Public Health.
The highest increase of confirmed cases in one day remains at nine.
There are three cases of coronavirus in those zero to 17-years-old, 36 in ages 18 to 49-years-old, 22 in 50 to 64-years-old and 28 in those 65 and older.
Coronavirus cases by city
The primary objective of SLO County is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in order to not overwhelm the hospitals, Emergency Services Director Wade Horton said at Thursday’s press briefing.
In order to do so, the county is following three steps: shelter at home, creating more capacity at healthcare facilities and supplying more personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare providers and first responders, according to Horton. This follows the recent transformation of Cal Poly’s Recreation Center into an alternative care site for future COVID-19 patients.
SLO County will also be following the state’s guidance for face coverings in public, which suggests the use of masks and other face coverings to prevent spreading the virus. Although this is beneficial, County Health Officer Penny Borenstein said that social distancing and washing hands is still necessary.
“[Face coverings] do not replace all of the protective measures that we have been emphasizing for weeks or months now,” Borenstein said at Thursday’s press briefing.
Since the shelter’s establishment two weeks ago, Horton said that the shelter will continue in compliance with the state’s shelter at home order. The county will reassess the order every two weeks.