SLO County contact tracers stretched thin; public asked to be proactive

Posted at 2:30 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 17:30:54-05

San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials say the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is putting a strain on contact tracers.

The health department says contact tracers are working as quickly as possible to contact all active cases and alert their close contacts, but resources are stretched thin and they're asking people who are COVID-19 positive or have been in contact with someone who is positive to take proactive steps.

"Don't wait to isolate," said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. "Our contact tracers are trying to keep up with the local surge in cases but may not be able to call you immediately. We need your help. Immediately stay home for at least 10 days if you test positive or have been exposed."

Health officials say, if you test positive for COVID-19, self-isolate for at least 10 days and notify your close contacts of their need to quarantine for at least 10 days from exposure. If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, immediately begin self-quarantine for at least 10 days. Stay home except to seek medical care and separate yourself as much as possible from other members of your household.

When quarantine or isolation is complete, you can self-certify online and the county will provide you with official documentation that you have been released from quarantine or isolation.

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