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The number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to grow, with the total approaching the 250 mark. Health officials on the Central and South Coasts have been cautioning for weeks that the number of cases would continue to grow before we finally see relief. Those numbers are still increasing.

The number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to grow, now topping 200 for the first time. The official is now 229 in the region. Ventura County is now reporting 98 confirmed coronavirus cases. Santa Barbara County is at 64, and San Luis Obispo County 67.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continue to grow, now topping 180. There have now been a total of three deaths in the region, all occurring in Ventura County.

The latest update on the number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts now stands at 136 people diagnosed with the virus. There are 54 confirmed cases in San Luis Obispo County. Ventura County is reporting 50, and Santa Barbara County 32. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties released updated numbers Thursday afternoon, while Ventura County hasn’t done its daily update yet.

The coronavirus crisis has been stressful for everyone, but perhaps it’s been the toughest on seniors, who are in a high risk category for serious illness as a result of the virus. Seniors are being told to stay at home as much as possible. Foodbanks on the Central and South Coasts are ramping up efforts to make sure the region’s older residents are still getting the food they need.

A popular trail on the South Coast is being closed to the public because it has been so overcrowded it can’t meet social distancing guidelines required by health officials to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is shutting down Solstice Canyon as of Monday.

The number of people diagnosed with coronavirus on the Central and South Coasts contines to grow, with the total growing to 75, and the first death reported.

There are now more than 40 documented coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts, and officials say we expect to see the number continue to rise before the crisis ends. The latest numbers as of Friday night show that we have 44 cases on the Central and South Coasts: 19 in Ventura County, nine in Santa Barbara County, and 16 in San Luis Obispo County.

You’d think people were lined up to get into a nightclub: there’s 20 people waiting to get in.  But it’s noon, and the line of people all have shopping bags, waiting for their chance to get into a Ralph’s supermarket in Thousand Oaks.

It’s definitely a different world even compared to just two weeks ago. On the other side of the city, there’s a large crowd for the weekly Thousand Oaks Certified Farmers Market.

The Central and South Coasts followed the statewide trend in California in favoring Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential candidate. In Ventura County, Sanders garnered 31% of the vote. Joe Biden received 28% of the vote in the county, while Mike Bloomberg received 14% and Elizabeth Warren 11%. In Santa Barbara County, Sanders had an even stronger showing, with 35% of the vote. Biden had 23%, Warren 13% and Bloomberg 12%.

Ventura County Public Health officials now say there are a total of 21 travelers quarantined for possible coronavirus exposure in Ventura County, but emphasize none of them have tested positive. The latest update shows that 19 of the travelers are self-quarantined at their homes. They are considered to be medium risk, and as part of the self-quarantine have to stay in isolation at home for 14 days. Health officials are checking in on them regularly.

A South Coast military base may soon be a quarantine site for people who may have been exposed to coronavirus overseas. Naval Base Ventura County officials announced the Secretary of Defense told them the facility might be needed to house some people subject to federal quarantine due to the coronavirus.

It’s a downtown Santa Barbara building which at first glace looks like many other adobe style structures in the city. But, there’s nothing average about what’s known as the Hill-Carrillo Adobe near the corner of State, and Carrillo Streets. The nearly 200 year old adobe is one of the oldest buildings in the state. And now, the foundation which owns it is using it as an event space for non-profits, as well as a museum.

There have been some new developments in the investigation into the more than two decade old disappearance of a Central Coast college student. In May of 1996, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Kristin Smart disappeared after leaving a party. The 19 year old freshman from Stockton was never seen again.

It’s something most of us take for granted. But, for a Santa Barbara County woman, it’s a huge issue. Nora McNeely Hurley has major hearing problems that made it frustrating for her to go to movies, or live theater. But, she’s done something about it that’s helping not just her, but the entire community.

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