SLO County calling for Medical Reserve Corps volunteers

Posted at 3:50 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 21:57:30-04

San Luis Obispo County has confirmed 46 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, March 25.

Health officials say seven of those patients have recovered.

Two patients have been hospitalized while the rest have been recovering at home.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein called for Medical Reserve Corps volunteers that will be needed to staff an alternate care site at the Cal Poly Rec Center. That site, which is expected to be constructed next week, will have 400-700 beds.

People in all types of healthcare are needed. Click here for information on how to volunteer.

County Administrative Officer Wade Horton also put out a plea Wednesday to county residents to "please respect physical distancing of six feet from others" even when conducting essential activities such as grocery shopping. He said the next few weeks are critical to slowing the rate of coronavirus infection and "flattening the curve."

Horton also said childcare workers are needed to support healthcare workers and first responders. Information on emergency childcare as well as information on food and prescription assistance is available at

SLO County residents may also call the Phone Assistance Center 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (805) 543-2444 for more information.