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COVID-19 "Delta" Variant Shows Up On Central, South Coasts

15 confirmed cases reported in region

Concern is continuing to grow among public health officials on the Central and South Coast, with more cases of a COVID-19 variant which is highly transmissible surfacing in the region.

15 cases of what’s known of the “Delta” variant have now been diagnosed in the Tri-Counties. 10 cases have been diagnosed in Ventura County, four in Santa Barbara County, and one in San Luis Obispo County.

State Public Health officials say the number of new COVID-19 cases in the state has been on the upswing, to about a thousand a day. While that’s a fraction of the daily number from six months ago, the numbers had been dropping. And, the majority of the new cases are the Delta variant.

It’s yet another call for people to get vaccinated. About 50% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated, and 61 percent have had at least one shot.

More than 138,000 cases of the virus have been diagnosed in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties since the start of the pandemic, with 1746 COVID-19 related deaths in the region.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.