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Coronavirus: San Luis Obispo County CA adds 24 COVID-19 cases

San Luis Obispo County added 24 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the total number of people who have locally tested positive for COVID-19 since March to 1,926, according to ReadySLO.org.

A total of 24 cases were added Tuesday.

On Sunday, a San Luis Obispo County resident died due to coronavirus, bringing the local total to 16 deaths.

As of Tuesday, there were a total of 320 local active COVID-19 cases, a decrease of 13 since Monday.

New COVID-19 cases by city and age

In the North County, Paso Robles added 9 coronavirus cases, Atascadero added one and Templeton and San Miguel added two cases. Creston was listed as having six cases of COVID-19.

In the South County, Nipomo added five cases, Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande added one case each, and Oceano added two.

In the North Coast area, the only city listed having news cases was San Simeon with five cases of COVID-19.

San Luis Obispo city added two cases.

Of the most recent local cases, four involve people 50 and older, while 20 involve people under the age of 50.

Four of the most recent cases were transmitted person to person, and one was acquired through community spread. A total of 19 new cases are still being investigated and listed as unknown.

SLO County coronavirus cases by the numbers

A majority of San Luis Obispo County residents who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 — 1,590 — have completely recovered from the illness.

A total of 300 people are still recovering at home. Of the 17 patients receiving hospital treatment, five patients remain in intensive care units.

A total of 16 San Luis Obispo County residents have died due to COVID-19, including a person in their 90s with underlying health conditions.

The person was living at Paradise Valley Care, an assisted living facility in Atascadero that is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.

According to the county Public Health Department, cases are categorized by zip code rather than city or town limits.

The Paso Robles area continues to have the most COVID-19 cases in the county with 510.

Nipomo has 266 cases and San Luis Obispo has 256 cases. Atascadero has 219, and Arroyo Grande has 146 cases.

Grover Beach has 97 cases, Templeton has 79, and San Miguel and Oceano both have 57 cases of COVID-19.

Pismo Beach has 44 cases, Los Osos has 40 and Cambria has 27 cases.

Morro Bay has 26 cases and Santa Margarita has 19, Shandon has 13, Cayucos has ten, Avila Beach has seven, Creston has six and San Simeon has five COVID-19 cases.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 43 inmates and seven employees at the California Men’s Colony have tested positive for coronavirus in the past two weeks as of Tuesday.

That brings the total number of COVID-19 cases at the state prison in San Luis Obispo to 64.

Other areas — defined as cities or communities with fewer than five cases — have 29 cases altogether. And two cases are listed as under investigation.

In total, 349 cases involve people ages 50 to 64, while 188 cases involve people age 65 to 84, and 46 involve people over the age of 85 years old.

There are 604 residents aged 30 to 49 who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 541 residents aged 18 to 29 years old. The remaining 197 cases involve people age 17 and younger.

The age of one case remains under investigation.

In total, 520 cases were acquired by person-to-person contact, meaning the patient came into contact with a confirmed coronavirus case. A total of 129 cases are travel related, according to ReadySLO.org.

Another 427 cases were acquired by community spread, which means patients do not know if they came into direct contact with a confirmed case and they did not acquire COVID-19 by travel.

And 850 coronavirus cases are still under investigation by county contact tracers.

San Luis Obispo County public and private health labs have conducted at least 39,226 tests locally. Between Monday and Tuesday 60 tests were conducted.

Where to get a COVID-19 test

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, San Luis Obispo County says it can no longer keep up with an increased demand in testing.

In July, county public health officer Dr. Penny Borenstein asked that only community members with COVID-19 symptoms and those who work in high-risk settings, such as essential workers and congregate living facility workers, get tested.

Free COVID-19 testing is available at ongoing sites in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo.

▪ Grover Beach: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave.

▪ San Luis Obispo: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Veterans Memorial Hall, 801 Grand Ave.

Testing is available through private healthcare providers, urgent care centers and the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Lab.

Visit ReadySLO.org for the latest public health updates and recommendations.

To make an appointment, visit emergencySLO.org/testing; you can register by phone at 888-634-1123.

The county continues to ask that people limit large social gatherings and wear face coverings in public spaces when physical distancing can’t be maintained, in accordance with a state mandate issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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