A COVID-19 outbreak at a Central Coast jail continues to grow in size, with more than 60 new cases reported since mid-December. 

San Luis Obispo County Jail officials say 21 additional people tested positive for the virus, bring the total number from the outbreak to 62.

The Central and South Coasts are close to 80,000 COVID-19 cases total since the start of the pandemic.

Just over 1900 additional cases were reported Thursday.  Ventura County had 985, Santa Barbara County 512, and San Luis Obispo County 412. The current overall total stands at just under 79,500.

Debi Carlin

Maybe it’s giving up smoking or walking ten thousand steps a day, but the question we usually get asked this time of year is "did you set any New Year’s resolutions?"

However, during a pandemic, setting new goals is more challenging than ever.

The Central and South Coasts had their deadliest day yet during the pandemic, with ten coronavirus related deaths reported in the region Tuesday.

San Luis Obispo County had six deaths, Santa Barbara County two, and Ventura County two.  Ventura County has now had 201 deaths, Santa Barbara County 142, and San Luis Obispo County 52 for a total of 395.

COVID-19 is continuing to hit public safety agencies on the Central and South Coasts.

Seven more Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office employees have tested positive for the virus.  They include five custody deputies, a Sheriff’s deputy, and a civilian employee.

58 Sheriff’s Office employees have now tested positive since the start of the pandemic, with 48 already recovered and back on the job.

A state senator, who represents parts of our region, has introduced a bill which would require employees to notify their employer if they test positive for COVID-19.

Democratic State Senator Henry Stern of Malibu introduced SB-46 this week.

The COVID-19 surge is continuing in our region, with nearly 200 new coronavirus cases reported on the Central and South Coasts. 

Ventura County added 127 cases Tuesday, Santa Barbara County 29, and San Luis Obispo County 38.  Public health officials say the numbers may be on the low side because of the testing shutdown over the holiday weekend.

More than two thousand new coronavirus cases were reported in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties over the holiday weekend.

The numbers are big, but they cover a five-day period from November 25th through 30th.  Ventura County had 1672 additional cases, and Santa Barbara County 397.  San Luis Obispo County reported 181 new cases from November 28th through 30th.

More than 800 new coronavirus cases have been reported on the Central and South Coasts, but that number covers a three-day period.

Ventura County is reporting a three-day total of 610, and San Luis Obispo County 2014.   Santa Barbara County had 95 cases reported for Saturday, but its Sunday and Monday numbers aren’t in yet. 

It’s been a year of layoffs and job uncertainty for many. 

However, there's some good news for job seekers on the Central and South Coasts, as USPS officials say they're looking to recruit 200 staff across the region to cope with increased demand. 

The number of COVID-19 cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to spike. 

The region’s public health officials are worried, and are afraid the bad situation will get worse if people ignore safety precautions and take part in big Thanksgiving gatherings. 

Cal Lutheran photo

As the coronavirus crisis reaches another peak across the country, a school on the South Coast is launching a program in public health.

It’s been a very rough time in the battle against COVID-19 for parts of the Central and South Coasts.

424 new cases were reported Thursday. That includes 305 in Ventura County, which reported a two-day total as a result of closures due to Veteran's Day.  Santa Barbara County had 47 additional cases, and San Luis Obispo County 72.

(Photo by Tracy Lehr)

Since the start of the pandemic, 15,048 COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed in Ventura County.

For Joss DeMartino of Oxnard, that’s more than a number.  The 17-year-old is one of those who has tested positive for the virus.   The Oxnard High School student, and her parents have been getting tested regularly.  They socially distance, and wear masks.  The positive test came as a shock to the teen.

The total number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts has now topped the 29,000 mark. 

103 new cases have been reported in the region, with 41 in Ventura County, 24 in Santa Barbara County, and 38 in San Luis Obispo County.