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Eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in SLO County

Posted at 3:36 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 21:41:08-04

San Luis Obispo County reported eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 142 as of April 22.

It's the highest number of new cases in the county since March 28.

Health officials say one person remains hospitalized in the ICU.

Twenty-two people are recovering at home and 118 are recovered.

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

At a press conference Wednesday, county officials announced new guidelines for certain businesses and organizations that may resume operation:

  • Houses of worship can have drive-in services as long as individuals remain in their vehicles. Physical sharing or passing of items is highly discouraged
  • Janitorial and housekeeping services can operate
  • Retail stores that sell fabric can operate so community members can make face coverings
  • Drive-in theaters can operate

All of the new guidelines are dependent on those involved following the health department's physical distancing recommendations.

“We are not returning to business as usual. This does not mean people can ignore the Shelter at Home order,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. “People should still stay home as much as possible, stay home if they are sick, wash their hands frequently, maintain a safe six feet of physical distance from others when outside of the home, and wear face coverings when they cannot keep a safe six feet from others.”

For more information on the county's response to COVID-19, visit readyslo.org. Those who would like to receive email updates from the county may sign up for a three-times weekly newsletter.