33 new cases of COVID-19 reported in SLO County on Friday

Posted at 2:02 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 17:02:21-04

San Luis Obispo County is reporting 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county's total to 1,500 confirmed cases as of July 24.

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

Another 449 people are recovering at home and 1,030 people have recovered.

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Health officials say 452 cases, or about 30% of the county's total, are the result of the patient having direct contact with a person who tested positive for the virus; 386 cases are attributed to community spread; and, 122 cases are the result of travel outside the county. Another 540 cases are still under investigation.

On Friday, the County Public Health Department encouraged people who test positive to answer calls and cooperate with contact tracers.

"Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in SLO County. You can help keep SLO County healthy, open and strong by literally answering the call," said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. "There are positive cases in our community who are not answering our phone calls nor are they calling us back. We are counting on people who recently got tested for COVID-19 to answer the phone and speak with one of our public health officials so that we can all slow the spread."

Health officials say anyone who tests positive and cannot be reached by phone call or text message will receive a letter in the mail from the County Public Health Department requiring them to isolate at home. They say personal information will not be shared with anyone else, including other governmental agencies.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 374
  • San Luis Obispo - 226
  • Nipomo - 209
  • Atascadero - 165
  • Arroyo Grande - 131
  • Grover Beach - 72
  • Templeton - 57
  • San Miguel - 45
  • Pismo Beach - 40
  • Oceano - 34
  • Los Osos - 33
  • Morro Bay - 18
  • Santa Margarita - 13
  • Cambria - 13
  • California Men's Colony inmates - 11
  • Cayucos - 9
  • Shandon - 9
  • Avila Beach - 6

An additional 29 cases are in communities with fewer than five cases, and the Public Health Department is not identifying those locations. The location of six cases is listed as "under investigation."

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