San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 20,172 confirmed cases as of March 18.
Health officials say nine people are currently hospitalized. Another 268 are recovering at home and officials say 19,640 people have recovered.
Thirteen of the 38 licensed and staffed ICU beds in the county are currently occupied. One of them is taken by a COVID-19 patient.
San Luis Obispo County has had 253 deaths attributed to the virus.
Breakdown of cases by location:
- Paso Robles - 3,986
- San Luis Obispo - 3,851
- California Men's Colony (inmates) - 2,384
- Atascadero - 1,902
- Nipomo - 1,530
- Arroyo Grande - 1,419
- Grover Beach - 841
- Oceano - 682
- Templeton - 603
- San Miguel - 512
- Los Osos - 463
- Morro Bay - 413
- Cal Poly (campus residents) - 374
- Pismo Beach - 329
- Atascadero State Hospital (patients) - 206
- Cambria - 175
- Shandon - 139
- Santa Margarita - 134
- Creston - 84
- Cayucos - 68
- Avila Beach - 28
- San Simeon - 21
- Bradley - 7
The locations of 11 additional cases are under investigation, and another ten 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 available but walk-ins are also now being accepted. Click here to schedule an appointment.
San Luis Obispo County has opened up vaccine eligibility to the following groups:
- People 65 years of age and older
- Anyone age 16-64 who is at high risk because of certain severe medical conditions or disabilities
- Education and child care workers
- Emergency services workers
- Food and agriculture workers
- Health care and community health workers
- Long-term care facility residents and staff
To find out if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in SLO County and to register for an appointment, click here.
For more information on the county's coronavirus response, visit readyslo.org.