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Three new COVID-19 cases reported in SLO County

Three new COVID-19 cases reported in SLO County
Posted at 1:21 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 00:45:23-04

San Luis Obispo County reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county's total to 291 confirmed cases as of June 5.

Five people are hospitalized, including three patients who are in the ICU.

Twenty-three people are recovering at home and 262 people have recovered.

San Luis Obispo County has had one death attributed to COVID-19.

County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein announced at a news conference on Friday that the county is lifting its order that limited lodging occupancy at hotels, motels, campgrounds, RV parks, and vacation rentals.

The order was put into place on May 17 in anticipation of a busy Memorial Day weekend.

Dr. Borenstein said the goal was to curtail the amount of tourism and keep the county's rate of coronavirus infection low by preventing cases from coming in from outside the area.

However, Dr. Borenstein said the order fell short of its intent and a lot of people visited the county over a few busy weekends.

After waiting to see what the impact was on the county's COVID-19 case count, she said there was no surge in cases, so the order is being rescinded.

Dr. Borenstein also said that she is awaiting guidance from the state for the reopening of schools, gyms, and bars, and will move as quickly as possible to approve that guidance for the county.

The health department reports that a total of 11,931 coronavirus tests have been conducted so far at both the public health lab and at private labs.

Friday is the last day that a free coronavirus testing site will be open in Paso Robles. That clinic will be moving to the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall. A testing site in Grover Beach also remains open.

To make an appointment in Grover Beach or San Luis Obispo, visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call 1-888-634-1123.

For more information on the county's COVID-19 response, visit readyslo.org.