COVID-19

Rachel Showalter

San Luis Obispo County announced it will close the three mass vaccination clinics in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande on June 4.

Rachel Showalter

The COVID-19 vaccination site at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo administers around 1,000 doses every day to county residents.

Courtesy of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

Beginning May 2, COVID-19 testing will be available at the San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP).

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department has announced the county will move into the less restrictive orange tier of the COVID-19 tiered reopening system effective 8 a.m. on April 28, 2021.

Courtesy of Missy Lintner

After more than a year of closure, Point San Luis Lighthouse will reopen its doors to the public May 1.

The lighthouse has been closed to group tours since the initial statewide pandemic shutdown in March 2020.

Rachel Showalter

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is running a campaign to increase awareness about COVID-19 vaccines in the community.

Rachel Showalter

Goleta residents could see their rate fees for garbage collection increase by 4% as soon as this summer.

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.

Santa Barbara County

Three Central Coast-based health centers are expecting to receive more than $11 million in federal funding this month.

Central Coast Coalition of Arts Leaders

The California Department of Public Health released new guidelines for outdoor seated live events and performances that went into effect April 1.

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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a conversation with Dr. Penny Borenstein, San Luis Obispo County's Public Health Director about dealing with COVID-19 over the past year, and best hope scenarios looking in to the near-term future.

Underwriting support provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department

San Luis Obispo County’s Farm Worker Outreach Taskforce is increasing efforts to vaccinate local agricultural workers.

Maddie Black, Ocean Conservancy

In a report released March 30, the Ocean Conservancy said volunteers around the world collected more than 100,000 items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) over the last six months of 2020. But the organization estimates the actual number of PPE polluting coastal environments to be in the low millions.

Downtown SLO

Downtown San Luis Obispo is partnering with local artists and students on the Cal Poly Rose Float Team to give the city core and its businesses a floral makeover.

Beth Thornton

UC Santa Barbara issued travel guidelines during spring break and testing requirements before students return to campus.

San Luis Obispo County Public Health is opening up COVID-19 vaccine appointments to those affiliated with the judiciary system including judges, public defenders, bailiffs and jurors.

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Digital Marketing is one way businesses can stay in touch with customers during uncertain times.

SLO Partners, a local nonprofit that supports businesses and local residents by aligning workforce needs with training opportunities, is now expanding their Digital Marketing Bootcamp on the Central Coast.

Courtesy of County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries

In November, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries began offering a library-by-mail service for homebound seniors. Now, they’re trying to spread the word.

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is expanding to another 40,000 people across San Luis Obispo County.

On March 5, the State of California announced outdoor concerts and events can resume with modifications and safety precautions.

About 40,000 more people in San Luis Obispo County can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine now that eligibility has extended to new categories.

Direct Relief

 

The international non-profit organization Direct Relief, based in Santa Barbara, provides humanitarian support free-of-charge to people around the world. Over the past year, the Central Coast has also benefited from their support.

Alexa Kushner

Cal Poly is now using in-house COVID-19 testing methods, and has transitioned away from third-party, Avellino Labs, which administered nasal swab testing.

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San Luis Obispo County is loosening some of its COVID-19 requirements and is now operating in the state’s less restrictive red tier.

The goal of Harvestly is to empower local vendors. To disrupt the global food system by creating a more efficient economy. Centered around health, sustainability, and the local economy, Harvestly aims to change the current food system and its devastating impacts on communities.

When will nursing homes reopen to visitors? State officials won’t say

Mar 3, 2021
Photo by Anne Wernikoff / CalMatters

Before the pandemic, Nancy Klein would spend up to seven hours a day at a nursing home in Riverside County, caring for her 53-year-old son, who was left unable to speak and move his limbs after a massive brain hemorrhage. She would suction his tracheotomy tube and massage his neck, arms and legs.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom visited a COVID-19 vaccination site at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo March 2 to speak about California’s vaccine efforts.

Ava Kershner

The Galaxy Theatres and Colony square have been the heart of the Atascadero downtown area for many years.

Photo from UCSB

Experts say efficient testing and tracing are key components to limiting the spread of COVID-19. With this in mind, UC Santa Barbara has opened a certified clinical COVID lab on campus for students, faculty and staff.

While the COVID-19 pandemic had changed lives across the world, numerous studies have shown that certain groups have been disproportionally affected by the crisis, among this woman. A recent report shows that a staggering 87% of women business owners say they have been adversely affected by the pandemic. What have been some of the greatest challenges for women business owners during the pandemic and why, and how have women managed to innovate, and find support during these difficult times?


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