SLO County reports 659 new COVID-19 cases since last Tuesday

Active cases more than double in one week
Virus Outbreak Variant
Posted at 1:47 PM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 22:39:26-05

San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials are reporting 659 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week.

Two additional deaths were also reported. Those who died were reportedly in their 60s and 70s.

Since the start of the pandemic, San Luis Obispo County has had 373 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

There are 688 active cases in the county, with 667 people recovering at home and 21 patients in the hospital. Eight of those hospitalized patients are in the ICU.

The number of active cases is more than twice what it was one week ago when there were 334 known active cases in the county.

According to Public Health data, eight cases of the Omicron variant have now been detected in samples that were sequenced. Only a small number of COVID-19 positive samples are sequenced to determine the variant, so health officials say the actual number of any particular variant is likely much higher.

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Local urgent cares and many pharmacies also offer testing. Calling ahead for availability is encouraged.

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.

From June 15 to December 10, health officials report that San Luis Obispo County residents who are not fully vaccinated have made up 76.7% of COVID-19 cases, 82% of hospitalizations, and 73.5% of deaths.

SLO County Public Health reports COVID-19 case data twice a week - on Tuesdays and Fridays. Numbers were not released last Friday because of the Christmas holiday.

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