SLO County adds 194 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Jan 26, 2021

San Luis Obispo County is reporting the deaths of three more people who had COVID-19.

The county has now recorded 161 deaths attributed to the virus.

San Luis Obispo County also added 194 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 17,151 confirmed cases as of January 26.

Health officials say 49 people are currently hospitalized. Another 1,784 people are recovering at home and health officials say 15,129 people have recovered.

San Luis Obispo County is reporting that 20 of the 38 licensed and staffed ICU beds in the county are currently occupied. Thirteen of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.

Now that the regional stay-at-home order has been lifted and SLO County is back under purple tier restrictions, health officials are again sharing the metrics that affect whether the county can move into the less restrictive red tier.

In order to move into the next tier, the county must remain in the purple tier for at least three weeks and meet the state's adjusted case rate and testing positivity criteria.

While the county's positivity rate is between 5-6%, which falls under the red tier, the county's adjusted case rate is 23.8, far above the 7% required to move to the red tier.

Updated metrics are released on Tuesdays.

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Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 3,340
  • San Luis Obispo - 3,057
  • California Men's Colony (inmates) - 2,327
  • Atascadero - 1,539
  • Nipomo - 1,265
  • Arroyo Grande - 1,221
  • Grover Beach - 716
  • Oceano - 597
  • Templeton - 503
  • San Miguel - 417
  • Los Osos - 388
  • Morro Bay - 345
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) - 335
  • Pismo Beach - 267
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) - 202
  • Cambria - 153
  • Shandon - 121
  • Santa Margarita - 114
  • Creston - 69
  • Cayucos - 62
  • Avila Beach - 26
  • San Simeon - 16

The location of 62 additional cases is under investigation, and another nine are listed as "other," which includes communities with fewer than five cases. The Public Health Department is not identifying those locations.

Community COVID-19 testing sites are currently open to the public in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Grover Beach, and Nipomo.

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

San Luis Obispo County is currently vaccinating health care workers and residents 75 years of age and older. For details on how to make an appointment, click here.

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