County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department

San Luis Obispo County health officials held a briefing July 29 to urge community members to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the county is seeing a spike in cases among unvaccinated individuals.

SLO County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said since June 15, the county has seen a jump from 50 active cases to 274 active cases as of Monday. Four additional COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded since that date.

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In San Luis Obispo County and across the nation, agencies and organizations are working to address the health disparity between Hispanic and white people while increasing the COVID-19 vaccination rate among the Hispanic community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 63 percent of known COVID-19 infections in California are among the Hispanic community, while the same population accounts for 29 percent of vaccinations.

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San Luis Obispo County announced it is moving into the least restrictive yellow tier of the state’s color-coded reopening system June 9 at 8 a.m.

Moving to the least restrictive tier means a larger capacity for many businesses including gyms, movie theaters, wineries, breweries and more.

“I commend everyone who has worked hard to help us reach this milestone, and I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated so we can put this pandemic fully in the past,” Dr. Penny Borenstein, public health officer said in a press release.

San Luis Obispo County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein announced April 7 that people who are 16 and older can now register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

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While most local students started the 2020/2021 school year with online learning, 13 private elementary schools around San Luis Obispo County have been granted waivers to allow in-person instruction.

As coronavirus cases in the world and the U.S continue to soar, we will talk with local experts about what you need to know to stop the spread, stay safe, get tested and how prepared we are to fight this outbreak, as well as what are the political implications of this pandemic for the U.S.