SAN LOUIS OBISPO – San Luis Obispo County reports that the total number of deaths since the pandemic began in March, nearly a year ago, has reached 115.

The district has indicated that this milestone will be reached less than two weeks after the winter break.

The virus has caused more than 100 deaths, said Dr. Penny Borenstein, the district health officer. They are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, children and grandparents who were not prepared for death and whose deaths could have been prevented.

There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused hardship and despair for families, hospitals and health workers caring for the sick. Health officials say the spread of the disease is further slowed by taking into account social distance, washing hands and wearing a mask.

In December, the number of active cases in OLS County was the highest at 4,806. December 2020 also saw the most deaths during the pandemic, when the province confirmed 44 deaths with VIDOC-19. District health officials said they are awaiting confirmation that another 28 people have died from VIDOC-19-related illnesses, but have not yet confirmed whether VIDOC-19 is the cause of those deaths.

This disease does not leave our community unscathed, said Wade Horton, County Administrator. The virus continues to ravage San Luis Obispo County’s most vulnerable and beloved members.

In a press release from Horton and Dr. Borenstein on the 5th. In January, it was said that COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death not only in the United States but also in this country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published on November 23, 2000. The leading cause of death in the United States, updated in December, is heart disease with nearly 600,000 deaths by 2020, second is cancer with 523,775 and last is VIDOC-19 with 300,482 deaths. This makes it the leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, according to the report.

According to the same report, influenza and pneumonia will rank ninth on this list in 2020, behind stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

The number of active COPID-19 cases now stands at 3,180 (as of January 12) and district health officials are reminding the public that the increase continues to strain the capacity of the local acute care hospital.

To the members of our community: Life is in your hands, Dr. Borenstein. We recommend that you stay home at this time if you are ill, wear a mask, wash your hands, stay at least three feet away and only gather with family members.

For more information, visit or call the Registered Public Health Information Line at (805)788-2903.

Live press briefings take place every Wednesday at 3:15pm.

Videos of the press briefings, subtitled in English and Spanish, are available on SLO County’s YouTube channel.


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