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SLO County health officer to send new letter to state asking to reopen

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Posted at 11:30 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 14:30:29-04

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is standing behind Dr. Penny Borenstein in once again asking the state for permission to reopen more parts of the county.

At Tuesday morning's meeting, the supervisors voted unanimously to support the county health officer's new letter of attestation to the state.

According to Dr. Borenstein , her office received a form from the state Monday night with new criteria for counties that think they are ready to reopen.

The changes to the criteria for further reopening are in regards to hospitalization rates and the number of people testing positive. Dr. Borenstein told the board SLO County easily meets the state's revised criteria.

The letter of attestation specifically addresses the allowance of in-restaurant dining and in-store shopping at all types of retailers. Borenstein said it would also help pave the way for reopening schools.

"If the disease were to move about our community unfettered, we may need to take some additional actions and those are built into our guide for moving forward," Borenstein said.

The letter is expected to be sent to state leaders today but Dr. Borenstein said it is unclear how long it may take the state to either approve or deny it.