Eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in SLO County; total now 181

Posted at 12:48 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 21:48:50-04

San Luis Obispo County reported eight new cases of confirmed COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 181 cases as of April 29.

Five people are hospitalized and another 40 people are recovering at home. Health officials say 135 people have recovered.

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

Paso Robles has 58 cases, Atascadero has 31, Arroyo Grande has 19, San Luis Obispo and Nipomo each have 14 cases, Templeton, San Miguel and Pismo Beach each have seven cases, and Morro Bay has six. Another ten patients live in communities with less than five cases and the public health department is not disclosing those locations.

Health officials are now reporting that eight inmates at the California Men's Colony have also tested positive for the virus.

According to the health department, 49 people acquired COVID-19 as a result of travel, 73 patients had direct contact with someone who was already confirmed to have the virus, and 59 cases are the result of community spread.

Public Health says a total of 2,822 tests have been conducted in San Luis Obispo County at both the county's lab and private labs.

At a news briefing Wednesday afternoon, County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said the county is working with a state contractor, OptumServe, to set up two coronavirus testing sites next week. Logistics are still being worked out, but Dr. Borenstein said clinics would be set up in Paso Robles and Grover Beach, operating from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., by appointment only. She said the clinics are expected to be open for at least two weeks. More information will be released in the coming days.

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