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Two weeks ago San Luis Obispo County moved into the red tier for the first time since November, and the numbers indicate more progress.

The county remains in phase 1B of vaccine distribution (65+ residents), however K-12 teachers and childcare workers may also be eligible in six to eight weeks via a lottery registration.

So far, there have been 56,476 vaccines distributed by County Public Health in the county. As of Feb. 26, 14,638 residents had received the second dose (full vaccination) meaning the county has 5.3% of residents fully vaccinated. 

County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said that about 70,000 people have been vaccinated in the county, when other providers, such as Rite Aid, are included in the count. This would mean almost 25% of county residents have at least received the first vaccine dose.

Borenstein said that the county scheduled about 13,000 vaccine appointments this week, bringing them closer to their goal of 15,000 vaccinations a week.

For the timeline and process of vaccination distribution, see here.  

Total SLO County Vaccinations

Cal Poly recently updated their COVID-19 dashboard to include detailed statistics regarding testing, quarantining, isolation, and positivity rate for students.

Last week, seven on-campus students and 20 off-campus students tested positive, with about one in 200 COVID-19 tests coming back positive. This coincides with the county’s downward case trends continuing through February.

As of March 4, there were 23 students in isolation, one student quarantined and 254 quarantined-in-place. For more details on isolation and quarantine procedures see here

New Positive Cal Poly Student Tests

As of March 4, San Luis Obispo County’s total COVID-19 cases reached 19,797 (7% of the county’s population) with 338 people actively sick. The weekly average of daily cases was 26 last week, which is lower than the previous week.

So far there have been 241 COVID-related deaths, with 13 individuals losing their lives this week.

“We know they are more than numbers,” Borenstein said. “These are real people and our hearts go out to those who have had the worst impact from COVID”. 

Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in SLO County

The county’s positivity rate and case rate both continued to decrease, being 2.7% and 6.8 respectively. These are both the lowest rates since Nov. 2. 

For detailed information regarding opening of the county see here.

Total COVID-19 Case Breakdown

San Luis Obispo (43 new cases) and Paso Robles (26 new cases) continue with new weekly cases at a lower rate than last week (49 cases and 68 cases respectively). Other than Atascadero at 24 cases, the remaining cities in San Luis Obispo County have less than 20 new cases.  

COVID-19 Cases by City

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