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Monday, January 24, 2022

SLO County reports 824 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday, reporting hospitalizations.

San Luis Obispo County public health officials are reporting 824 new cases of COVID-19 and an increase in the number of hospitalizations since the last report on Tuesday.

There are 2,274 known active cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 38 people in hospital. Seven of these patients are in ICU.

On Tuesday, the health department reported 30 hospitalizations.

“We must now work together to tackle this boom without crippling our health care system,” County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said in a press release Friday. “Please, do not go to the ER for a COVID-19 test or mild symptoms. However, if you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or other severe symptoms, please take this seriously and Get medical care.”

There were no new deaths on Friday. San Luis Obispo County has recorded a total of 373 deaths due to COVID-19.

The county’s 14-day case average now stands at 228, the highest since January 2021.

County health officials say the current surge of cases is likely due to holiday gatherings and travel as the highly infectious Omicron variant began to spread.

Officials say the Omicron variant now represents about 70 percent of recently sequenced cases in the county, surpassing the Delta version which now makes up about 30 percent of cases.

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Health officials say people who have recently traveled, gathered with a group, or come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 should be given three to five days after exposure or travel. Should get tested.

Free coronavirus testing is available to the public in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach and Morro Bay. Click here to register for appointment.

Local urgent care and many pharmacies also offer the test. You are encouraged to call ahead for availability.

According to public health data, from June 15, 2021 to January 5, 2022, residents of San Luis Obispo County who have not been fully vaccinated accounted for 71.3% of cases, 81.8% of hospitalizations, and 73.4% of COVID-19 cause of deaths. ,

As of January 3, a little over 65% of eligible SLO County residents have been vaccinated.

To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, visit myturn.ca.gov. For information about mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics in San Luis Obispo County, click here.

SLO County Public Health reports COVID-19 case data on Tuesdays and Fridays, usually twice a week

To learn more about San Luis Obispo County’s coronavirus response, visit readyslo.org.


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