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New COVID-19 Case Numbers Continue To Spike On Central, South Coasts; 600+ Reported Thursday

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It was another rough day for new coronavirus cases being reported on the Central and South Coasts.  Thursday’s total includes 616 cases, with 401 in Ventura County, 134 in Santa Barbara County, and 81 in San Luis Obispo County.

The region’s total since the start of the pandemic is now approaching the 40,000 mark.  Ventura County has had 21,388 cases, Santa Barbara County 11,845, and San Luis Obispo County 6459.

Two additional coronavirus related deaths were reported in Ventura County Thursday, bringing the three-county total since March to 363.  Ventura County has had 187 deaths, Santa Barbara County 138, and San Luis Obispo County 38.

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.