SLO County Case Rate Drops to 9.4, Reaches Threshold for Return of Youth Sports

San Luis Obispo County’s adjusted COVID-19 case rate has dropped to 9.4, based on updated reopening metrics released Tuesday.

That meets state criteria for allowing outdoor sports to resume. Last week, the state issued new guidance saying that organized youth and recreational sports and adult recreational sports may resume as of February 26 in counties where COVID-19 case rates are 14 cases per 100,000 people or less.

Last Tuesday, SLO County’s adjusted case rate was 15.6. It has declined every week since the Southern California region stay-at-home order was lifted and the county returned to purple.

The county’s positivity rates also declined this week, with the overall positivity rate and the Healthy Places Index (HPI) positivity rate now at orange-level levels (3.2% and 3.8% respectively). Another week like this and the county could move to a less restrictive level.

County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein previously stated that SLO County could go from the purple level to the red level if both positivity rates remain at the orange level for two weeks. Otherwise, the county’s adjusted case rate will need to be 7 or less.

San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department

San Luis Obispo County public health officials also reported 42 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 19,500 confirmed cases as of February 23.

The county also added an additional death related to COVID-19. To date, SLO County has recorded 221 deaths attributed to the virus.

Health officials say 22 people are currently hospitalized. Another 596 are recovering at home, and health officials say 18,642 people have recovered.

Nineteen of the 38 licensed and staffed ICU beds in the county are currently occupied. Seven of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Paso Robles – 3,859
  • San Luis Obispo – 3,660
  • California Men’s Colony (Inmates) – 2,377
  • Atascadero – 1,817
  • Nipomo – 1,467
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,375
  • Grover Beach – 803
  • Ocean – 669
  • Templeton – 589
  • San Miguel – 481
  • The Bears – 446
  • Morro Bay – 400
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 341
  • Pismo Beach – 309
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 206
  • Cambria – 174
  • Shandon – 138
  • Saint Margaret – 128
  • Creston – 80
  • Cayucos – 68
  • Avila Beach – 27
  • Saint Simeon – 21
  • Bradley – 7

The locations of 50 additional cases are being investigated and another eight are listed as “other”, including communities with fewer than five cases. The Department of Public Health does not identify those locations.

The COVID-19 community test sites are currently open to the public in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Grover Beach, and Nipomo.

Appointments are available, but walk-ins are now also accepted. Click here to make an appointment.

San Luis Obispo County is currently vaccinating healthcare workers and residents 65 and older. For details on how to schedule an appointment, click here.

For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit


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