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SLO County reports 242 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 16:26:52-05

San Luis Obispo County added 242 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 9,303 confirmed cases as of December 23.

The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County increased by one to 66 deaths. Health officials say the person who died was in their 90s.

Forty-four people are hospitalized, including six patients who are in the ICU. Another 2,213 people are recovering at home and health officials say 6,962 people have recovered.

According to the State of California's online COVID-19 dashboard, there are currently 23 ICU beds available in San Luis Obispo County.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 2,131
  • San Luis Obispo - 2,007
  • Atascadero - 813
  • Arroyo Grande - 655
  • Nipomo - 639
  • California Men's Colony (inmates) - 607
  • Grover Beach - 370
  • Oceano - 312
  • Templeton - 288
  • San Miguel - 271
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) - 256
  • Los Osos - 182
  • Morro Bay - 174
  • Pismo Beach - 143
  • Shandon - 84
  • Santa Margarita - 77
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) - 76
  • Cambria - 66
  • Creston - 41
  • Cayucos - 37
  • Avila Beach - 13
  • San Simeon - 8

The location of 41 additional cases is under investigation, and another 12 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.

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