Dozens of SLO County schools seeing COVID-19 cases

Posted at 1:57 PM, Aug 25, 2021

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in San Luis Obispo County, health officials say they are also seeing positive cases pop up in local schools.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department on Wednesday said approximately 30 K-12 schools in the county are experiencing one or more COVID-19 cases.

Health officials did not identify the affected schools but say many of the cases are linked to school athletics or social activities that take place before or after athletic events.

“When we or a school learns of a positive case associated with their campus, we coordinate on follow-up activities. School staff check attendance records, class schedules, and seating charts to find out and notify others on campus of potential exposures. Besides notifying Public Health of the close contacts, school staff also notify affected families and provide quarantine instructions,” the health department said in a statement to KSBY.

Health officials add they provide the off-campus case investigation, contact tracing and notifications and also provide technical support for school staff.

San Luis Obispo County on Tuesday reported 460 new COVID-19 cases since Friday and five additional deaths.