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SLO County reports 460 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, 5 additional deaths

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Aug 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-24 19:40:56-04

San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials on Tuesday reported 460 new cases of COVID-19 since the last report on Friday.

Five additional COVID-19 related deaths were also reported. SLO County has had a total of 279 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Health officials say those who died ranged in age from 50s to 90s.

Since the start of the pandemic, San Luis Obispo County has recorded a total of 24,622 positive cases.

Currently, 1,483 people are recovering from COVID-19 at home while 55 people are hospitalized, including 16 patients who are in the ICU. Health officials say this is the largest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county since late January.

SLO County is reportedly now at 50% ICU bed capacity. Health officials say 16 of the county's 19 ICU patients have COVID-19.

Free coronavirus testing is available to the public at the old train station in Paso Robles and the San Luis Obispo Veteran's Hall. Both locations are open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to register for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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.

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

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 readyslo.org.