San Luis Obispo County had 99 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, but the county is not yet clear.
When the county ends the first phase of its alternative care center at Cal Poly Recreation Center, officials say the number of local COVID-19 cases has not yet reached its peak.
To get a more accurate picture of how many cases exist in San Luis Obispo County, Public Health Ombudsman Dr. Penny Borenstein more people to be tested.
At the same time, the county plans to limit more parking spaces over the weekend.
Here are your local updates for Tuesday:
A further 4 cases were confirmed, which means that SLO County is a total of 99
San Luis Obispo County added four new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, increasing its total to 99. The increase in cases comes after a day when no new cases were reported ̵
The majority of the county’s COVID-19 patients – 71 people – have completely recovered from the virus.
Twenty-four patients are recovering at home and three patients have been hospitalized, all in the intensive care unit.
A county patient has died from COVID-19.
SLO County adds an additional 11 fans
San Luis Obispo County added another 11 fans to its delivery, giving their current total up to 71 fans across the four local hospitals.
According to a Facebook post by supervisor Lynn Compton, the county found 11 transport fans and converted them for use in hospitals. The county also expects 25 fans ordered in early March to arrive on April 13.
SLO counties encourage more to be tested for coronavirus
The public health department is now asking all residents of San Luis Obispo County with coronavirus-like symptoms to be tested.
The number of new cases of coronavirus in San Luis Obispo County has decreased in recent days, resulting in two days without new cases. County health officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said it is likely due to a lack of testing.
The most common COVID-19 symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath, but Borenstein said the county now asks suppliers to test people with symptoms such as sore throat, fatigue, body aches, chills, diarrhea and in some cases a runny nose.
Parking limited by local lakes
The shelter-home scheme allows people to use open spaces, as long as they follow social distance guidelines and stay six feet from others.
However, county officials have continued to close open spaces or restrict parking because people do not follow these guidelines.
County Supervisor Lynn Compton announced Monday that the county will restrict parking at Lake Santa Margarita and Lake Lopez near Arroyo Grande on Easter Sunday to discourage many people from visiting at once.
The SLO County COVID-19 outbreak has not peaked
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Sunday warned that the next week would be the United States’ “Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment” in the coronavirus pandemic – and San Luis Obispo County public health officials agreed we could see COVID- 19 cases escalate over the next two to three weeks.
Borenstein said it’s very hard to know when the local summit will come, but health officials will follow closely over the next two to three weeks.
According to Borenstein, all models so far suggest that San Luis Obispo County would have seen more cases of coronavirus now. But she said she believes a lack of tests and missing data from private labs is contributing to the difference in the county’s models and reported cases.
Local bakery provides free bread amid coronavirus pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic has hurt companies all over the world, and Back Porch Bakery in San Luis Obispo and Atascadero was no exception. Instead of closing, however, it decided to stay open and give away bread for free.
Just before 7 o’clock each morning, a line is formed to get fresh bread while it is still warm. Usually, within an hour and a half after opening, their bread and supplies for the day disappear.