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Ventura County Public Health officials say state thinks surge may peak between January 15-22

COVID-19 test sites on the Central and South Coasts are swamped, and home test kits are also in short supply.
Annie Spratt
New COVID-19 numbers continue to remain high on Central, South Coasts.

Omicron now overwhelming COVID-19 variant in region now.

We’re continuing to see the impacts of the latest COVID-19 surge on the Central and South Coasts.

Santa Barbara County reported 872 new cases yesterday, with a positivity rate of 17.5%. Those are one day numbers.

San Luis Obispo County is reporting 1121 cases from Friday through Tuesday, and a positivity rate of 19.2%. San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials say the county is averaging 283 new cases a day, up from just 34 a day before Thanksgiving.

Ventura County issues its updates on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, so there are no new numbers Tuesday. But, County Public Health officials say the guidance they’ve received from the state is that the surge could peak between January 15 and 22.

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.