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The Public Health Department is actively responding to COVID-19. At the same time, the department continues to provide essential services in the safest way possible, including telephone or remote appointments (through your mobile phone or computer) and in-person visits when needed. For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit ReadySLO.org. For updates on other Public Health services, visit slopublichealth.org or call 805-781-5500.

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Testing Criteria Changes as Increased Demand Cuts Capacity
Date: 7/9/2020 4:37:59 PM
As demand for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing increases in San Luis Obispo County, the County Public Health Department is asking residents to only get tested if they are at high risk for transmission or serious illness related to the disease.
County Health Officials Report Fourth Death Due to COVID-19
Date: 7/9/2020 1:13:12 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo reported today that a fourth SLO County resident has died due to COVID-19.
County Health Officials Report Third Death Due to COVID-19
Date: 7/8/2020 2:00:50 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo reported today that a third SLO County resident has died due to COVID-19.
SLO County to Offset COVID-19 Testing Costs by Charging Medical Insurance
Date: 7/8/2020 10:00:54 AM
In order to offset the costs for reagents, test kits, and staff time it takes to provide COVID-19 tests to the public, the County of San Luis Obispo has added new fees that will be billed to medical insurance, effective August 7th.
Officials Say SLO County Heads for State’s Watch List After Increased COVID-19 Spread
Date: 7/7/2020 2:02:17 PM
County Public Health Officials expect San Luis Obispo County to end up on the State’s COVID-19 “watch list” soon after the County reportedly exceeded the State’s COVID-19 case rate criteria over the weekend.
Health Officer Orders Bars to Temporarily Close in SLO County This Weekend
Date: 7/3/2020 9:52:26 AM
The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Officer issued an order this morning that requires bars countywide to close ahead of the Fourth of July weekend to avoid large congregations of individuals in close proximity within a confined space.
County Offers Healthy Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July During COVID-19
Date: 7/2/2020 2:58:46 PM
As COVID-19 case counts increase in San Luis Obispo County, residents are asked to celebrate Independence Day weekend safely and avoid crowds.
County Health Officials Report Second Death Due to COVID-19
Date: 7/1/2020 2:06:20 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo reported today that a second SLO County resident has died due to COVID-19. The 94-year-old patient was hospitalized with severe COVID-19 illness for about two weeks.
Weekly SLO County COVID-19 Case Statistics Update
Date: 6/29/2020 2:10:55 PM
The County Public Health Department reported 59 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend and Monday in all regions of SLO County. Public Health investigations found the largest increase in cases is attributed to community spread, including cases among people who reported going to bars.
County Public Health Lab Increases Daily COVID-19 Testing Capacity to 300
Date: 6/26/2020 3:23:23 PM
County laboratory can now test up to 300 samples per day for COVID-19
County to Triple Contact Tracing Team to Help in Fight Against COVID-19
Date: 6/24/2020 2:33:38 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department is expanding its contact tracing team to 24 people, approximately tripling its size, to help in the fight against COVID-19 in local communities.
Weekly SLO County COVID-19 Case Statistics Update
Date: 6/22/2020 4:55:19 PM
County health officials urge residents to take more protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the cases rise at a faster rate in San Luis Obispo County.
State Now Requires Face Coverings in High-Risk Settings
Date: 6/18/2020 4:54:42 PM
Local health officials also encourage physical distancing, hand washing and other measures
County Adds More COVID-19 Testing Sites, Explains Delayed Test Results
Date: 6/17/2020 3:08:17 PM
Two new free COVID-19 testing clinics are scheduled for next week in Oceano and Cambria, following testing events this week in Nipomo and Morro Bay. Moving forward, pop-up testing clinics will be staffed by County employees and analyzed at UCSF laboratory or County Public Health lab, which has recently increased its testing capacity to 300 tests per day.
Personal Care Services Can Reopen with Modifications Friday, Weddings Allowed
Date: 6/17/2020 3:01:58 PM
County Health Officer strongly discourages indoor activities that require prolonged close contact
Weekly SLO County COVID-19 Case Statistics Update
Date: 6/16/2020 10:06:09 AM
County sees increase in new cases, but hospitalized and ICU cases remain stable
State Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Activities Protected by First Amendment
Date: 6/16/2020 9:31:19 AM
The State Public Health Department recently released updated guidance for activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, including places of worship, religious services and cultural ceremonies, and other constitutionally protected activities, such as the right to protest.
Personal Care Services May Soon Reopen in SLO County
Date: 6/12/2020 3:40:32 PM
Officials urge businesses to review State guidance and prepare to reopen no sooner than June 19
County of SLO Budget Hearing Addresses Pandemic Impacts on FY 2020-21
Date: 6/11/2020 2:23:39 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo addressed an expected $26.2 million gap in next fiscal year’s recommended budget related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The reductions include $6.5 million in departmental budget cuts, use of one-time reserves in the amount of $12.8 million, and $6.9 million in voluntary savings directly from employees.
Free COVID-19 Testing Available at Sites Countywide, Including Two New Pop-up Sites
Date: 6/12/2020 3:43:08 PM
Testing is recommended for anyone who is experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed
State Releases New Guidance for More Industries to Reopen
Date: 6/9/2020 3:10:14 PM
On Friday, June 5, State health officials issued new guidance for several business sectors to reopen no sooner than this Friday, June 12. County Health Officer, Dr. Penny Borenstein, reviewed each guidance document and has approved the reopening for those additional industries.
County Lifts Two Local Executive Orders, Issues Another
Date: 6/5/2020 4:28:57 PM
County officials announced today that two local executive orders are being lifted related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and another is being issued.
Select County Library Branches to Begin Staged Reopening
Date: 5/29/2020 3:30:00 PM
Starting Tuesday, June 2, three County of San Luis Obispo library branches will begin offering curbside pickup services.
SLO County Agencies Work Together to Provide Food Resources During COVID-19
Date: 5/29/2020 11:13:30 AM
SLO community agencies and County departments team up to spread the word about food resources during COVID-19 health emergency and produce an informational video.
County Parks’ Pools to Remain Closed This Summer
Date: 5/29/2020 11:06:03 AM
County of San Luis Obispo Parks & Recreation has decided to keep pools closed this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions and the unknown timeline for when public pools may be able to operate safely across the State of California.
Oceano Safe Parking Program to Shift to Safe Shower Program
Date: 5/28/2020 3:00:27 PM
Beginning June 1, the County of San Luis Obispo will turn its Oceano Coastal Dunes RV Park & Campground safe overnight parking program into a safe shower program to assist homeless individuals meet basic needs during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Places of Worship, Hair Salons and Barbershops Can Reopen in SLO County
Date: 5/26/2020 5:07:59 PM
Today, places of worship, hair salons and barbershops in San Luis Obispo County can open with limited services and/or modifications to operations.
SLO County Can Start In-Store Shopping, Dining in Restaurants
Date: 5/20/2020 3:45:00 PM
San Luis Obispo County is officially the 29th California county to meet the State’s criteria to move faster through Stage 2 of California's Resilience Roadmap.
Current Environmental Health Services Operations
Date: 7/8/2020 12:11:59 PM
Operational Changes and COVID-19 Guidelines and Information
County of SLO Seeks to Show it Meets California’s New Stage 2 Variance Criteria
Date: 5/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo will re-attest it is ready to reopen certain segments of the community given new Stage 2 criteria from the State of California.
County of SLO Takes Steps to Protect Public Health by Limiting Tourism
Date: 5/15/2020 3:15:00 PM
County limits campground to locals only, issues Executive Order limiting hotel occupancy.
COVID-19 Impacts Will Result in $32-56 Million Budget Shortfall Next Fiscal Year
Date: 5/19/2020 4:00:00 PM
Officials project large decrease in State and Federal revenue driven by drop in consumer spending
Cyber Safety and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
Date: 5/17/2020 1:44:17 PM
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created expanded avenues for predators to find new victims.
No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Now Available for Any San Luis Obispo County Resident
Date: 5/13/2020 3:30:00 PM
Any San Luis Obispo County resident can now get tested for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in about five minutes at sites in Paso Robles and Grover Beach. Testing is available at no cost to individuals.
First County in the State to Make the Case to the California Public Health Department They Are Ready to Loosen Restrictions to Reopen
Date: 5/8/2020 6:02:05 PM
County of SLO attests to the readiness to loosen restrictions and reopen businesses and the community based on public health criteria set forth by the State
County START Guide Phase 1 Cannot Begin on Friday, May 8
Date: 5/5/2020 6:07:50 PM
County officials continue to advocate for local control, await more details from State
County of San Luis Obispo Releases Draft Steps to Adapt & Reopen Together
Date: 5/1/2020 3:30:00 PM
Public Draft Available for Input at ReadySLO.org
COVID-19 Worsens Severe Shortage of Homes for SLO County Children in Foster Care
Date: 5/1/2020 1:28:32 PM
County asks local families to open their homes to children in need during pandemic
County Partnering with State to Expand Local COVID-19 Testing
Date: 4/30/2020 5:50:00 PM
The State of California is partnering with San Luis Obispo County and OptumServe to increase testing for COVID-19 in our county.
County and CMC Responding to Five New COVID-19 Cases
Date: 4/29/2020 6:25:00 PM
Public Health response team is working to protect inmates and staff.
Local Officials Requesting Public Cooperation to Prevent Crowding at Beaches
Date: 4/29/2020 5:55:00 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo and local cities are asking the public for their cooperation to prevent overcrowding at local beaches.
County Officials Reaffirm Tap Water is Safe to Drink and Use
Date: 4/27/2020 3:22:17 PM
Tap water is not at risk from COVID-19.
County Urges Residents to Avoid Group Gatherings
Date: 4/26/2020 10:27:31 AM
Reports of group gatherings at local beaches and parks raise concerns among County officials.
Today Show Incorrectly States a Reopening Date for SLO County
Date: 4/23/2020 10:53:52 AM
The County of San Luis Obispo affirms that its phased reopening, or loosening of current restrictions, is predicated on the California Governor returning local control to counties.
County Clarifies Shelter at Home Order Guidance
Date: 4/22/2020 3:32:43 PM
County clarifies recommendations and restrictions for four more types of businesses, activities
County Organizations to get $50,000 in Grants from Phillips 66 for COVID-19 Response
Date: 4/22/2020 9:30:00 AM
Funding supports Cal Poly Alternate Care Site and food distribution to those in need.
County Provides Guidance on Specific Activities Under Shelter at Home Order
Date: 4/20/2020 4:00:00 PM
Non-urgent surgery, construction, dog grooming and recreational fishing can safely resume.
County Continues Executive Order to Shelter at Home
Date: 4/17/2020 3:34:07 PM
Community Works Simultaneously on Plan to Reopen Safely.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing Not Currently Available in SLO County
Date: 4/13/2020 3:00:00 PM
Health officials seek to make antibody testing widely available in the future.
Residents Urged to Stay Alert for Scams and Price Gouging
Date: 4/10/2020 3:01:36 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo urges residents to beware of scams and price gouging in connection with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Alaska Airlines Offers Creative Way to Maintain Service at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
Date: 4/9/2020 8:40:16 AM
Alaska Airlines will combine its SBP and SBA passengers onto one plane as a “tag flight,” stopping in SBP to drop off passengers before continuing on to SBA.
County Parks Enact New Restrictions to Limit Spread of COVID-19
Date: 4/9/2020 11:10:20 AM
Restrictions for Cave Landing, Lopez Lake, Santa Margarita Lake, and Los Osos Skate Park
Local Health Officials Emphasize CDC Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings
Date: 4/9/2020 4:47:02 PM
Face coverings do not change the need for sheltering at home and physical distancing
Local Leaders Begin Central Coast Economic Relief Efforts
Date: 4/8/2020 3:11:12 PM
Online hub connects residents, businesses to regional economic relief and recovery resources.
County Expands Safe Overnight Parking Program to Three Locations
Date: 4/7/2020 3:00:00 PM
Sites provide safe, clean spaces to park and sleep, plus bathrooms and hot showers.
Health Officials Urge Residents: If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms, Get Tested
Date: 4/6/2020 3:06:41 PM
Local testing capacity has increased. Get tested and limit the spread of disease.
SLO County Health Officials Report First Death Due to COVID-19
Date: 4/4/2020 5:10:00 PM
County of San Luis Obispo announced today that a North County resident in their 80s has died due to COVID-19. The patient had underlying health conditions, was hospitalized and succumbed to their illness today.
County Continues Executive Order to Shelter at Home
Date: 4/2/2020 3:15:00 PM
In partnership with all seven incorporated cities in San Luis Obispo County, County Emergency Services Director Wade Horton today announced that the County’s executive order to Shelter at Home remains in effect.
Pet Owners Asked to Prepare Care Plans
Date: 3/31/2020 3:00:00 PM
While there is currently no definitive evidence that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) causes illness in our companion animals, they still could be affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Update on Grant Applications for Local Health, Community Services
Date: 3/30/2020 5:26:18 PM
The deadline to apply has been extended to May 1, 2020 at 5 p.m.
How to Get Delinquent Property Tax Penalties Waived
Date: 3/30/2020 5:03:56 PM
Jim Hamilton, San Luis Obispo County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, announced procedures for taxpayers to request waiver from property tax late charges incurred due to COVID-19 hardships. This announcement follows information released on March 20 announcing the waiver program.
County Accepting Donations of Personal Protective Equipment from the Community
Date: 3/30/2020 3:00:00 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the community.
Vehicle Access Temporarily Closed at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area and Pismo State Beach
Date: 3/28/2020 3:09:43 PM
Effective today, the California Department of Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed vehicular access to Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), including the Oso Flaco Lake parking lot.
County’s Transient Occupancy Tax Deadline Extended
Date: 3/28/2020 11:49:51 AM
Lodging operators in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County can defer payment of TOT due in March and April until September.
Residents Encouraged to Visit Virtual Local Assistance Center on ReadySLO.org
Date: 3/27/2020 3:28:50 PM
Online hub connects residents, businesses with government services in one location
County Behavioral Health Maintains Essential Services During COVID19 Shelter Order
Date: 3/27/2020 3:00:35 PM
County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Department will continue to support the community's mental health and treatment needs.
Actions Taken to Limit Access to Campgrounds and Beaches
Date: 3/26/2020 3:39:17 PM
Emergency Services Director Wade Horton: “Now is not the time” for tourism
County Health Officer Issues Order to Restrict Visitors to Some Health Care Facilities
Date: 3/26/2020 3:30:56 PM
The County Health Officer issued a public order today that restricts visitors and non-essential personnel from hospitals and certain types of licensed residential facilities.
Call for Volunteers for County Medical Reserve Corps
Date: 3/25/2020 3:20:10 PM
Heath care and mental health volunteers to support community’s response to COVID-19
County Opens Enforcement Line to Report Executive Order Violations
Date: 3/24/2020 3:20:02 PM
County emphasizes voluntary compliance, may take civil/criminal action if needed.
County Leaders Ready to Establish Alternate Care Site if Hospitals Reach Capacity
Date: 3/23/2020 3:48:05 PM
Site is not currently needed; it can be set up rapidly if needs change
County Seeks to Meet Basic Needs with Safe Parking Program
Date: 3/26/2020 5:21:45 PM
Participating families and individuals are required to agree to site rules, such as respectful behavior and no drug or alcohol use.
Important Notice Regarding COVID-19 and SLO County Board of Supervisors Meetings
Date: 4/3/2020 11:47:28 AM
Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Office, in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, in-person public attendance will not be allowed at Board of Supervisors meetings until further notice.
Update to County Health Officer’s Statement Regarding Arroyo Grande High School Student
Date: 3/23/2020 10:02:39 AM
On March 22, 2020, Arroyo Grande High School officials announced a 10th grade Arroyo Grande High School student tested positive for COVID-19. During a news briefing which took place on the same day, County Health Officer, Dr. Penny Borenstein acknowledged two high school-aged students tested positive for COVID-19 but did not confirm where the students attended school.
Food and Medication Resources for Seniors or Self-Isolating Residents
Date: 3/21/2020 2:27:22 PM
Self-isolating San Luis Obispo County residents 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions who can’t get to the grocery store or pharmacy now have a free way to get their food and medicine delivered.
Temporary Public Comment Procedure
Date: 3/20/2020 2:11:11 PM
Notice of Temporary Procedures for Board of Supervisors Meetings
San Luis Obispo County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Statement Regarding Tax Collection Deadlines
Date: 3/20/2020 1:05:35 PM
The San Luis Obispo County Tax Collector announces the following information for taxpayers related to payment of Property Taxes during the COVID-19 emergency.
Shelter At Home Guidelines
Date: 3/19/2020 3:40:48 PM
A Shelter At Home Order has been issued for San Luis Obispo County beginning tonight at 5 p.m. This notice is to address the impact on our community and provide guidance during this challenging time.
County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries to Close Temporarily
Date: 3/19/2020 7:41:59 AM
Following the recommendation of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department to maintain aggressive social distancing, the County of SLO Public Libraries will close all libraries today, March 18 until further notice.
County Issues Executive Order to Shelter at Home Starting Tomorrow
Date: 3/18/2020 5:51:29 PM
The health and safety of our community is our top priority. The actions we take today will help us get back to normal as soon as possible.
County Issues Order Suspending Evictions for Rental Residences
Date: 3/18/2020 5:50:50 PM
No one should be forced out of their home because of the spread of COVID-19 in our county.
Canceled Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies: Estrella River Bridge Rehabilitation Project at Whitley Gardens, and the New Bridge At Geneseo Road and Huerhuero Creek, North Of Creston
Date: 3/18/2020 4:31:17 PM
In order to minimize any potential spread of the coronavirus, the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works is postponing both ribbon-cutting events scheduled for Friday, March 27.
Contour Airlines Suspends Service at San Luis Obispo County
Date: 3/18/2020 2:06:02 PM
Contour Airlines will suspend air service from San Luis Obispo to Las Vegas beginning March 30th.
As Number of Cases of COVID-19 Increase in SLO County, Local Officials Support New State Guidance Concerning Food and Beverage Venues
Date: 3/17/2020 4:04:48 PM
“What is vitally important right now is that we all do what is needed to slow the rate of spread so we don’t overwhelm our health care system.”
SLO County Issues Executive Order to Limit Spread of COVID-19
Date: 3/16/2020 12:50:23 PM
Order follows confirmation of third local case and Governor’s direction on social distancing
Second Case of COVID-19 Reported in SLO County
Date: 3/15/2020 12:45:00 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department reports today that another individual in San Luis Obispo County tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
First Case of COVID-19 Reported in SLO County
Date: 3/14/2020 8:28:55 PM
The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department announced today that an individual in San Luis Obispo County tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the first confirmed case in San Luis Obispo County.
County of SLO Declares Public Health Emergency, Local Emergency
Date: 3/13/2020 1:44:29 PM
The San Luis Obispo County Health Officer declared a public health emergency today and the County Emergency Services Director also proclaimed a local emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidance on Gatherings to Protect Public Health and Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Date: 3/12/2020 4:40:51 PM
The SLO Public Health Department is adhering to Governor Newsom's directive that all non-essential large events be cancelled or postponed.
Spartan Race Cancelled at Recommendation of County Health Officer
Date: 3/11/2020 4:52:04 PM
Health Officer evaluating events on case by case basis; No mass cancellations at this time.
Recommended Community Actions to Limit Exposure to COVID-19
Date: 3/10/2020 9:26:04 AM
We can all take proactive actions to protect the health of our community.
SLO County Resident Tests Negative for COVID-19
Date: 3/5/2020 7:50:42 PM
Late this afternoon, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department received laboratory test results confirming a local resident does not have COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.
County Public Health Awaiting Test Result for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Date: 3/5/2020 4:09:22 PM
Public Health officials expect to receive laboratory test results this weekend of a specimen collected from a person with mild symptoms, who was recently in contact with travelers from an area with widespread transmission of COVID-19 and who were also mildly ill.
SLO Public Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Information for Residents
Date: 3/4/2020 9:18:14 PM
The Public Health Department is updating residents about coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The most current information along with the preparedness and response systems we have in place indicate that the impact of the virus to our community will not be nearly as severe as that experienced by China and other less-prepared regions.
Public Health Response to Novel Coronavirus
Date: 2/27/2020 9:14:36 AM
Public Health updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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