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KCBX News Update: Officials urge public to avoid ocean after storm and SLO County records 100+ new COVID-19 cases

Garrett Perkins

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is advising the public to avoid getting in the ocean right now.

Officials said it is unsafe to get in the ocean for at least three days following a significant storm event because rainstorm runoff that makes its way to the sea can be bad for human health.

According to the county’s Environment Health Services Division, runoff is known to transport high-levels of disease causing organisms from the watershed and urban areas to the ocean.

Officials said these kinds of organisms can cause skin, respiratory and intestinal problems — especially in young children, older adults and those with compromised immune systems.

Local beaches are still open, but water contact is not advised.


The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department has reported 135 new cases of the virus locally since the last update.

There have been no new known deaths due to the virus since Friday, according to County Public Health.

Intensive care unit bed availability in SLO County stands at 47 percent. 20 out of 38 ICU beds are currently occupied.

Since the start of the pandemic, SLO County has recorded more than 29,000 positive cases.

Free coronavirus testing is available at several locations in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Grover Beach. A limited number of walk-ins are available and appointments are encouraged.

You can visit myturn.ca.gov to book a vaccine appointment, or visit readyslo.org for more information on the pandemic locally.

Rachel Showalter first joined KCBX as an intern from Cal Poly in 2017. During her time in college, she anchored and reported for Mustang News at Cal Poly's radio station, KCPR. After graduating, she took her first job as a Producer at KSBY-TV. She returned to the KCBX team in October 2020, reporting daily for KCBX News until she moved to the Pacific Northwest in July of 2022. Rachel spends her off-days climbing rocks, cooking artichokes and fighting crosswords with friends.
Benjamin Purper was News Director of KCBX from May of 2021 to September of 2023. He came from California’s Inland Empire, where he spent three years as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KVCR in San Bernardino. Dozens of his stories have aired on KQED’s California Report, and his work has broadcast on NPR's news magazines, as well. In addition to radio, Ben has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.