SLO Co. sees increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Posted at 1:59 PM, Jun 18, 2020

San Luis Obispo County reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 389 confirmed cases as of June 18.

Of those, nine people are hospitalized, including four patients who are in the ICU. Those numbers are nearly double from the day before.

Seventy-three people are recovering at home and 306 have recovered.

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

Paso Robles has the most cases at 132 followed by Atascadero at 59 and Nipomo at 44.

The health department reports at least 15,380 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, San Luis Obispo, and Morro Bay. The pop-up testing clinic in Morro Bay is open on Thursday, June 18.

Next week, the pop-up clinic will operate in Oceano on Monday, June 22, and Tuesday, June 23. It will move to Cambria on Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25.

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

County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said Wednesday that the County Public Health Lab was taking over testing at the pop-up clinics in order to provide faster results. She said the pop-up clinics were originally run by an independent, non-profit vendor, but the organization was unable to provide results in a timely manner. Dr. Borenstein said the results of approximately 300 tests have been delayed or incomplete because of an error at the vendor's lab.

“We continue to increase access to testing in SLO County and now are able to do so through our own laboratory,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. “We previously used a vendor for other pop-up clinics and were frustrated to see that some tests failed and many were seriously delayed in their results. To remedy this, our own staff and lab will now provide our residents with timely and accurate test results.”

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