Credit: Solena Aguilar | Mustang News

While San Luis Obispo County remains in phase 1B of vaccinations (residents 65 and older), K-12 teachers and childcare workers are now also eligible to receive the vaccine, per Gov. Newsom’s promise to allocate 10% of vaccines for education.

So far, San Luis Obispo County distributed 39,805 first dose vaccines, with 36,611 being administered to healthcare workers and residents older than 65.

As of Feb. 19, 9,877 residents received the second dose of the vaccine. Given this week’s increase in vaccinations, about 3.5% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated.

The county plans to distribute more than 10,000 vaccine doses next week at their three vaccine sites, County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said.  

Throughout the pandemic, the Latinx community had been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

In San Luis Obispo County, Latinos account for 33% of all cases, but only 22.9% of the population, whereas white people account for 36.7% of all cases, but 68.5% of the population.

The county is working with the Promotores Collaborative, the farmworker Taskforce and other Latino leaders to expand vaccination in the Latinx community, Borenstein said. 

For more detailed information on vaccine distribution, see here

Total SLO County Vaccinations

The county’s total COVID-19 cases reached 19,612 (7% of the county’s population) with 575 people actively sick. The weekly average of daily cases was 47 (10 lower than last week’s of 57), and the 14-day-average of the past two weeks yields 51 daily cases. 

So far there have been 227 deaths with 17 individuals losing their lives this week, which is the same amount of deaths as last week. 

Cal Poly’s dashboard data regarding student cases continues to be inconsistent therefore will be omitted from this update. 

Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in SLO County

The positivity rate — which is the number of positive tests over all tests taken — continues to lower each week, reaching 3.2, its lowest since Dec. 1.

Additionally, the case rate — which is the number of cases over number of individuals — is 9.4 (lowest since Nov. 11) moving the county close to the sub-8% required to transition to the red tier. 

For detailed information regarding opening of the county see here.

Total COVID-19 Case Breakdown

Paso Robles (70 new cases) and San Luis Obispo (55) continue with new weekly cases at a lower rate than last week. Other cities continue to have less than 50 new cases.  

COVID-19 Cases by City

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