Health officials warn SLO Co. could end up on states COVID-19 watch list – KSBY San Luis Obispo News

San Luis Obispo County Public Officials announced Tuesday that they expect San Luis Obispo County will end up on the state’s COVID-19 “watch list” soon.

Over the weekend, the county reportedly exceeded the state’s COVID-19 case rate criteria. officials say the county has seen a rate of about 114 cases per 100,000 population over the last 14-day period and the state’s threshold is no more than 100 cases per 100,000 population.

“Our transmission rate doesn’t tell the whole story, but it is potentially a leading indicator,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Officer. “These numbers are a strong reminder that we are bringing COVID-19 home-from travel, from work, from outings-and we need take all the necessary precautions to ensure that SLO County can remain open and our health care system can continue to care for the sick.”

The county is still meeting other metrics, however, including testing and hospitalization rates and the availability of hospital beds.

Twenty-three counties are currently on the state’s monitoring list. That includes Monterey, Santa Barbara, Kern, and Kings counties, which all border San Luis Obispo County.

Those counties have been ordered by the state to close certain business sectors, such as bars, movie theaters, and indoor restaurant dining.

“The people of SLO County can turn this around if we each do our part,” Dr. Borenstein said. “Wear face coverings in public, stay home when you’re sick, maintain a safe distance from others you don’t live with, practice good hygiene, and stay close to home. These simple things can help SLO County stay healthy and open.”

San Luis Obispo County reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 808 cases as of July 7.

Thirteen people are hospitalized, including five patients who are in the ICU.

Another 207 people are recovering at home and 586 have recovered.

San Luis Obispo County has had two deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Free COVID-19 tests are currently available to the public in Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo, and Atascadero.

The pop-up testing clinic in Atascadero will only be open through Thursday, July 9. It will move to Nipomo next week and will be open from Monday, July 13, to Thursday, July 16.

Appointments are required at all locations. Click here to schedule an appointment. officials say 330, or about 41%, of the county’s total cases are the result of the patient having direct contact with a person who tested positive for the virus; 270 cases are attributed to community spread; and, 91 cases are the result of travel outside the county. Another 117 cases are still under investigation.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • California Men’s Colony inmates – 11

An additional 13 cases are in communities with fewer than five cases, and the Public Department is not identifying those locations. The location of one case is listed as “unknown.”

For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit

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