SLO County reports 253 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday, downward trend continues

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Sep 17, 2021

San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials on Friday reported 253 new cases of COVID-19 since the last report on Tuesday.

Six additional COVID-19 related deaths were also reported.

Health officials say those who died ranged in age from their 30s to their 80s.

SLO County has had a total of 307 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, San Luis Obispo County has recorded a total of 27,322 positive cases.

Currently, health officials say 816 people are recovering from COVID-19 at home while 32 people are hospitalized, including 14 patients who are in the ICU.

ICU bed capacity in San Luis Obispo County is 53%.

Daily COVID-19 case counts in San Luis Obispo County have been on a downward trend since August 30, when the current surge peaked with 229 positive cases reported in a single day.

According to the health department, between June 15 and August 31, unvaccinated residents have made up nearly 77% of all cases, nearly 86% of hospitalizations, and 79% of deaths.

Health officials say more than 70% of San Luis Obispo County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 62.4% are fully vaccinated.

To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, visit For information on mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics in San Luis Obispo County, click here.

Free coronavirus testing is available to the public at the old train station in Paso Robles, the San Luis Obispo Veteran's Hall, and at 1336 Ramona Ave. Unit A in Grover Beach. All three locations are open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to register for an appointment. A limited number of walk-ins are being accepted.

Local urgent cares are also offering testing, but health officials say some facilities have seen an increase in testing appointments, so calling ahead is encouraged.

SLO County Public Health reports COVID-19 case data twice a week - on Tuesdays and Fridays.

To learn more about San Luis Obispo County's coronavirus response, visit