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Ventura, San Luis Obispo Counties Have Surges In New Coronavirus Cases

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Two out of the three counties on the Central and South Coasts have reported big surges in new coronavirus cases.  Ventura County reported 186 new cases Tuesday, and San Luis Obispo County 44.  Santa Barbara County didn’t update its numbers Tuesday because of a data system upgrade.

There are now 6433 confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts.  Ventura County has 2926 cases, Santa Barbara County 2896, and San Luis Obispo County 611.  Santa Barbara County’s number includes about a thousand cases linked to the federal prison complex in Lompoc.

Most of those infected have already recovered.

Ventura County is reporting an additional death.  The county has had 46 deaths.   Santa Barbara County has had 29, and San Luis Obispo County one for a regional total of 76.

Ventura County is closing beaches, and beach parking areas over the 4th of July weekend.  Santa Barbara County officials say they will keep their beaches open, with social distancing.  The governor is expected to announce some new coronavirus safety measures Wednesday.