San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 20,354 confirmed cases as of March 25.
Health officials say nine people are currently hospitalized. Another 229 are recovering at home and officials say 19,861 people have recovered.
Eleven of the 38 licensed and staffed ICU beds in the county are currently occupied. Two of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.
San Luis Obispo County has had 253 deaths attributed to the virus.
Breakdown of cases by location:
- Paso Robles - 4,019
- San Luis Obispo - 3,917
- California Men's Colony (inmates) - 2,384
- Atascadero - 1,922
- Nipomo - 1,540
- Arroyo Grande - 1,430
- Grover Beach - 853
- Oceano - 685
- Templeton - 607
- San Miguel - 513
- Los Osos - 470
- Morro Bay - 416
- Cal Poly (campus residents) - 373
- Pismo Beach - 333
- Atascadero State Hospital (patients) - 206
- Cambria - 176
- Shandon - 139
- Santa Margarita - 139
- Creston - 84
- Cayucos - 69
- Avila Beach - 29
- San Simeon - 21
- Bradley - 7
The locations of 11 additional cases are under investigation, and another 11 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:
- Residents 50 years of age and older
- Residents at high risk because of certain severe medical conditions or disabilities
- Education and child care workers
- Emergency services workers
- Food and agriculture workers
- Public transit workers
- Janitorial service workers
- Health care and community health workers
- Long-term care facility residents and staff
- Residents who live or work in a homeless shelter or a behavioral health facility
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.