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283 New Coronavirus Cases Reported On Central, South Coasts; Regional Total Now Tops 8600

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The spike in confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues, with 283 new cases reported Wednesday.  The growing numbers have health officials worried.  8636 cases have now been documented on the Central and South Coasts.

Ventura County had 125 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing its total to 3983. Santa Barbara County increased by 121, to 3808.  And, San Luis Obispo County had a daily hike of 37, to 845 cases.

Most of those with the virus in the region have already recovered. About a thousand of Santa Barbara County’s cases are linked to the federal prison complex in Lompoc.

There have been 84 coronavirus related deaths on the Central and South Coasts.  Ventura County has had 51, Santa Barbara County 30, and San Luis Obispo County three.  Most of those who died are older adults with preexisting health conditions.

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.