COVID-19 update from county: Cases more than double, 13 confirmed
–On Thursday at 3:30 p.m., the County of San Luis Obispo went live on Facebook to discuss the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the county has administered 232 tests and can confirm 13 cases. The doubling was expected, according to County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein, due to the incubation period.
All 13 cases are recovering at home in self-quarantine, and a few of the individuals appear to have recovered, according to Borenstein.
One of the individuals is reportedly in their 20s. Although the illness seemingly spares children and teens, adults of all age can get sick. “We will see more cases,” said Bornstein, “likely in the three digits.”
Borenstein says that a person is considered recovered when they have 72 hours with no symptoms and it’s at least 7 days from the start of the illness.
The medical supply chain, with requests that go from the county, to state, to federal levels, is backed up and not able to keep up with demand. “We are doing our best,” said Borenstein. The county is looking at different ways to increase support for public health providers, both with tests and supplies, and increased communications. The county has received more ventilators.
A “shelter at home” will begin in San Luis Obispo starting Thursday at 5 p.m.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s department will be increasing patrols to maintain public safety. The county has also deployed employees and county vehicles, along with the County Food Bank, to bring food and prescriptions to seniors that may lack a support network.
Borenstein stressed that although a “shelter at home” may sound like you need to stay inside, she wants to encourage people to go outside, take a walk, be in the sun and fresh air, run, jog, bike, etc… but do so alone and not in groups.
“You can go outside. This whole thing is about social distancing.” The public may also still go to any medical appointments for any reason, although they should call first if they suspect they have symptoms of COVID-19.
More guidelines are available at readyslo.org.
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