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Despite increases in vaccine distribution, COVID-19 cases for the county continue to remain level at about 34 new cases per day. County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said cases may not be decreasing because of St. Patrick’s Day gatherings.

Spikes usually occur weeks after holiday gatherings, so the St. Patrick’s Day transmission timeline is consistent with previous holidays, but much less severe (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all yielded weekly averages of 81 cases, 99 cases and 242 cases respectively).

Vaccination eligibility continues to expand. As of Wednesday, all county residents 16-years-old and older (including Cal Poly students) able to make an appointment through recover SLO.

As of April 2, the San Luis Obispo Public Health Department had distributed 104,430 COVID-19 vaccines. About 23% of SLO County’s population received the first dose, and about about 14% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated.

Total SLO County Vaccinations

This week, 14 on-campus students and 43 off-campus students tested positive for COVID-19, according to Cal Poly’s COVID-19 dashboard. As of April 8, there are 13 students in isolation and 50 quarantined-in-place. For more details on isolation and quarantine procedures see here.  

On Monday April 5, 5,021 students got tested for COVID-19 on campus, which is more tests than any other date so far. This could be because students noncompliant with Cal Poly’s testing guidelines would have lost access to their Cal Poly portal on Wednesday if they didn’t get tested. 

Monday yielded the second-highest positive count since early February, yet the average positivity rate (number of positive tests over all tests taken) fell to a low 0.43% (less than 1 in 200). 

The county remains in the “substantial” red tier with the bottom 20% of California counties despite a county positivity rate of 2.3%. This is because the case rate (number of cases per 100,000 people) remains high at 6.3, indicating San Luis Obispo is testing more than the average county, and deflating positivity rates. 

New Positive Cal Poly Student Tests

This week, San Luis Obispo County’s total cases reached 20,704 (7.5% of the county’s population) with 223 still people actively sick. The weekly average of daily cases was 26, 2 cases higher than last week’s of 24. These numbers have been consistent since early March. 

So far there have been 256 deaths with 1 individual losing their life this past week.

Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in SLO County

As mentioned earlier, the county’s positivity rate and case rate (number of cases over number of individuals) both continued to plateau, being 2.3% and 6.3 respectively, continuing down since February but remaining outside of the orange tier (less restrictions on indoor businesses) where 80.5% of California counties currently reside. 

For detailed information regarding opening of the county see here.

Total COVID-19 Case Breakdown

San Luis Obispo (73 new cases) and Paso Robles (15 new cases) have similar cases to last week (56 cases and 15 cases respectively), with San Luis Obispo exceeding Paso Robles in total cases (4,066 to 4,060) for the first time since June. Other than Atascadero at 18 cases, the remaining cities in San Luis Obispo County have less than 13 new cases.  

COVID-19 Cases by City

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