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COVID-19 numbers show improvement on Central, South Coasts but surge impacts still with region

COVID-19 numbers continue to surge on the Central and South Coasts.
JC Gellidon
New COVID-19 case numbers dropped on the Central and South Coasts this week, but the positvity test rate among those going to official sites remains high.

Positivity test rate among those getting official tests at 14% in Ventura County; Santa Barbara County at 20%, and San Luis Obispo County at 25%.

New COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop on the Central and South Coasts, but health officials caution we aren’t out of the woods yet.

Ventura County is reporting 901 additional cases since Wednesday. The positivity test rate among those going to official test sites is at 14%, the lowest it’s been in weeks. Santa Barbara County is reporting a one-day total of 447 additional cases, with a 20% positivity test rate.

And, San Luis Obispo County may finally be showing some improvement. The surge there apparently peaked later there than in the rest of the region. 645 new cases of the virus have been documented since Tuesday. It’s positivity test rate is still high, at 25%

COVID-19 hospitalizations have been dropping in all three counties.

But, the COVID-19 death toll in the region continues to grow. Ventura County is reporting 16 more deaths, while Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties say they’ve had two more deaths each.

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.