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COVID-19: Active cases in SLO County hit all-time high 

–The County of San Luis Obispo reported 412 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 3,041, an all-time high. That means more than 1 in 100 people in the county currently are positive for COVID-19.

County health officials say that what appears to be dips and spikes in the data is because the county is continuing to process backlogged COVID-19 testing data that may date back a week or so.

The county has now recorded a total of 12,597 cases since the pandemic began. Currently, 53 people are hospitalized, with 14 in the ICU. Hospitalizations and ICU capacity rates are real-time data and have not been affected by the lag, according to the county health department.

The county has attributed a total of 95 deaths to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

To view detailed statistics, click here.

For more information, visit or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with questions related to COVID-19.

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