One new COVID-19 case reported in SLO Co. on Tuesday

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Posted at 12:35 PM, May 12, 2020

San Luis Obispo County reported just one new case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 227 cases as of May 12.

Four people remain hospitalized with two patients in the ICU.

Another 39 people are recovering at home and 183 people have recovered.

The health department explains that per CDC guidance, "recovered" is defined as at least three days of no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications), improvement in respiratory symptoms, and at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

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

Health officials report the newly added case is in Arroyo Grande, which has a total of 20 cases to date.

Paso Robles has 86 cases, Atascadero has 34, Arroyo Grande has 19, San Luis Obispo and Nipomo each have 17 cases, Pismo Beach has nine, San Miguel has eight, Templeton has seven, and Morro Bay has six. Eleven inmates at the California Men's Colony have also tested positive for the coronavirus. Another 12 patients are in communities with fewer than five cases and the health department is not disclosing those locations.

County health officials say 2,195 coronavirus tests have been conducted at the public health lab, and another 2,969 tests have been conducted at private labs.

Two free coronavirus testing clinics are now open in San Luis Obispo County -- in Grover Beach and Paso Robles. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-888-634-1123.

For more information on the county's COVID-19 response, visit