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SLO Co. reports 77 new cases of COVID-19; one death reclassified

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 18:38:44-04

San Luis Obispo County reported 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 2,047 confirmed cases as of August 6.

It's the county's highest single-day case total to date.

Nineteen people are hospitalized, including six patients who are in the ICU.

Another 347 people are recovering at home and 1,666 people have recovered.

San Luis Obispo County previously reported a total of 16 deaths attributed to COVID-19 but has revised that number to 15.

County health officials say one death was reclassified because it was determined that COVID-19 was not an underlying cause of death as originally thought, though it may have been a contributing factor.

The case was a patient at Vineyard Hills Health Center, a skilled nursing facility in Templeton that was experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.

Health officials say that when the patient's COVID-19 positive status became known, the individual was already in the final stages of dying.

One additional death of a known COVID-19 case is reportedly under investigation.

COVID-19 tests are currently available to the public in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo.

A pop-up testing clinic will be open in Atascadero, Monday through Thursday from August 10 to August 20.

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

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 541
  • San Luis Obispo - 302
  • Nipomo - 271
  • Atascadero - 237
  • Arroyo Grande - 154
  • Grover Beach - 100
  • Templeton - 82
  • San Miguel - 70
  • Oceano - 60
  • Pismo Beach - 45
  • Los Osos - 43
  • Cambria - 27
  • Morro Bay - 27
  • Santa Margarita - 20
  • Shandon - 13
  • Cayucos - 12
  • Avila Beach - 7
  • San Simeon - 6

The location of one case is listed as "under investigation," and another 29 are listed as "other," which includes communities with fewer than five cases. The Public Health Department is not identifying those locations.

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