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59 new cases of COVID-19 reported in SLO Co.; health officials say many new cases are in young people

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Jun 29, 2020

San Luis Obispo County reported 59 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and Monday, bringing the county's total to 567 confirmed cases as of June 29.

Fourteen people are hospitalized, including six patients who are in the ICU.

Another 148 people are recovering at home and 404 people have recovered.

San Luis Obispo County has had one death attributed to COVID-19.

County public health officials say the largest increase in new cases is attributed to community spread, including people who reported going to bars.

Health officials say 37 of the 59 new cases are people between the ages of 18 and 49, and four of the hospitalized patients, including one who is in the ICU, are patients in their 30s and 40s.

"We've heard a misconception that this disease doesn't affect young people and that is simply not true," said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. "While the risk increases with age, younger adults in our community are still at risk. Stay home if you're sick, avoid large gatherings, stay six feet away from others in public, and wear a face covering in public if you can."

The health department reports that a total of 21,611 coronavirus tests have been conducted so far at both the public health lab and at private labs.

Free coronavirus tests are currently available in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo.

A pop-up testing clinic will be located in Atascadero from Monday, July 6, through Thursday, July 9.

Appointments are required at all locations. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 153
  • San Luis Obispo - 84
  • Nipomo - 82
  • Atascadero - 71
  • Arroyo Grande - 43
  • Templeton - 22
  • Grover Beach - 16
  • Pismo Beach - 15
  • San Miguel - 13
  • California Men's Colony inmates - 11
  • Morro Bay - 10
  • Los Osos - 9
  • Oceano - 8
  • Shandon - 5
  • Cambria - 5

An additional 19 cases are in communities with fewer than five cases, and the Public Health 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 readyslo.org.