San Luis Obispo County is reporting the deaths of three more people who tested positive for COVID-19.
Health officials say the patients were aged between 70 and 100 years.
There have been 70 deaths for COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County.
The county also added 68 new cases of COVID-19 to the long holiday weekend, confirming the county’s total of 28,539 cases by December 28.
Eleven new cases were added on Friday, 28 cases were added on Saturday, 22 cases were added on Sunday, and seven cases were added on Monday.
The case numbers reported by SLO County Public Health on Monday are much lower than those reported on the state’s website.
For example, on Friday, the state reported 245 new cases of coronovirus in San Luis Obispo County.
County health officials say they first noticed the difference between the state’s reporting and their own last week and learned that the state had changed its way to alert counties of new cases.
Local health officials say they are now working to review new data from the state and ensure that they are tracking and tracking all newly confirmed cases.
As a result of this, as well as reduced testing over the holiday weekend, they are expected to see an increase in case numbers over the next several days.
Currently, there are 59 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County, with 12 patients in the ICU. Another 2,016 people are recovering at home and health officials say 7,380 people have been recovered.
According to the State of California’s online COVID-19 dashboard, there are currently 20 ICU beds available in San Luis Obispo County.
Breakdown of cases by location:
- Paso Robles – 2,162
- San Luis Obispo – 2,052
- Atkadero – 838
- Arroyo Grande – 668
- California Men’s Colony (prisoner) – 652
- Nipomo – 650
- Grover Beach – 379
- Osno – 318
- Templeton – 292
- San Miguel – 276
- Cal Poly (Residents of campus) – 256
- Los Osos – 190
- Moro Bay – 178
- Pismo Beach – 144
- Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 107
- Shandon – 84
- Santa Margherita – 79
- Cumbria – 4
- Creston – 41
- Cayucos – 37
- Avila Beach – 14
- San Simeon – 8
The status of 36 additional cases is under investigation, and the other 12 are listed as “other”, including communities with fewer than five cases. The Public Health Department is not identifying those locations.
Community COVID-19 test sites are currently open to the public in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Grover Beach and Nipomo.
Appointment is required at all locations. Click here to schedule an appointment.
For more information about the county’s COVID-19 response, visit readyslo.org.