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Number Of Coronavirus Cases On Central, South Coasts Tops 22,000 Mark

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts topped the 22,000 mark Wednesday.

215 additional cases were reported, with 120 in Ventura County, 66 in Santa Barbara County, and 29 in San Luis Obispo County.

The three counties are trying to get the number of new cases and the percentage of positive cases down.  That’s the key criteria being used by the state for allowing further reopenings.

However, all three counties all remain at the purple level, which is the furthest level from total reopening.

The total number of cases in the region stands at 22,070.  Most of those diagnosed with the virus have already recovered.

Two additional coronavirus related deaths have been reported in Santa Barbara County, bringing the county’s total to 97.  Ventura County has had 116, and San Luis Obispo County 20, for a regional total of 134 deaths.  Most of the deaths were older adults with preexisting health issues.