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SLO County reports 611 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

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Posted at 2:08 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 17:08:32-05

San Luis Obispo County added 611 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 11,895 confirmed cases as of January 5.

The large number of cases came after two days in which just one new case was reported. San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials said that was the result of an outage affecting the state's database and they warned of a likely bump in cases as that issue was resolved.

Health officials say 54 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County, including 14 patients who are in the ICU. Another 2,718 people are recovering at home and health officials say 9,011 people have recovered.

According to the State of California's online COVID-19 dashboard, there are currently 17 ICU beds available in San Luis Obispo County.

The county is also reporting the deaths of two more people who tested positive for COVID-19.

San Luis Obispo County has had 90 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles - 2,530
  • San Luis Obispo - 2,356
  • Atascadero - 1,052
  • California Men's Colony (inmates) - 1,144
  • Arroyo Grande - 867
  • Nipomo - 812
  • Grover Beach - 507
  • Oceano - 411
  • Templeton - 361
  • San Miguel - 320
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) - 256
  • Los Osos - 258
  • Morro Bay - 231
  • Pismo Beach - 184
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) - 147
  • Shandon - 96
  • Santa Margarita - 90
  • Cambria - 82
  • Creston - 52
  • Cayucos - 45
  • Avila Beach - 18
  • San Simeon - 9
  • Shell Beach - 9

The location of 49 additional cases is under investigation, and another nine 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.