San Luis Obispo County public health officials say the county is experiencing a slight downward trend in COVID-19 cases.

On Friday, authorities reported 645 new cases of coronavirus since the last report on Tuesday.

Two more COVID-19-related deaths were also reported, bringing the county’s total to 404 since the pandemic began. Those who died were between 60 and 70 years old.

There are 2,505 known active cases of COVID-19 in SLO County, 136 fewer than Tuesday’s report.

Thirty-six people are hospitalized, compared to 44 on Tuesday. Six of these patients are in intensive care.

While public health officials say the strain on the local healthcare system appears to be easing, the county’s positivity rate remains high.

“More than one in four people who get tested at our community sites test positive for COVID-19, indicating that the virus continues to spread widely,” said county health officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. . “While this is down a little from a high of over 30% in January, we remain in a volatile period driven by the Omicron variant. We also recognize that the reported numbers are likely low, due to a increasing number of cases diagnosed with at-home testing.”

Free coronavirus testing is available to the public in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach and Morro Bay. Click here to register for an appointment.

Local ERs and many pharmacies also offer testing. Calling ahead for availability is encouraged.

To book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, visit myturn.ca.gov. For more information on Mobile Immunization Clinics in San Luis Obispo County, click here.

SLO County Public Health typically reports COVID-19 case data twice a week – Tuesdays and Fridays

To learn more about San Luis Obispo County’s coronavirus response, visit slopublichealth.org/COVID19.

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