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New Coronavirus Case Numbers Up On Central, South Coasts After Mid-Week Dip

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A brief dip in the number of new coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts may turn out to be just that: a temporary drop.  The region posted its lowest number in weeks Wednesday, with the total number for the three counties under 100.

But, 218 new cases were reported in the region Thursday.  Ventura County had 119, Santa Barbara County 75 and San Luis Obispo County 24.  The numbers are important because they are one of the key guideposts used by the state in allowing counties to reopen.  All three counties are currently on the state’s watch list for failing to meet the full list of parameters.

But, it's also possible the numbers may be slightly inflated because some test results from last week were just released.  The state had issues with the master database system it uses.  The issue has been corrected, but there have been warnings county numbers may be off for several days.

Four additional deaths have also been reported, bringing the region’s total to 187.  Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties each reported one more death, and Santa Barbara County two.  Most of the deaths continue to be older adults with preexisting health conditions.