By KAREN VELIE
San Luis Obispo County has reported more than 34,000 Covid-19 infections, a sign of the rapid spread of the virus that public-health officials said is only partially captured by official data as many residents rely on at home tests.
During the past five days, 1,513 SLO County residents officially tested positive for the virus. The county’s 14-day daily average has increased from 72 just one week ago to 191, the highest it has been since Jan. 2021.
“COVID-19 is clearly surging in San Luis Obispo County,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County’s health officer. “This is the fastest, steepest increase we have seen since the beginning of this pandemic, even compared to our biggest surge last January. It’s likely that with the increased use of home testing, these numbers do not represent all cases.”
San Luis Obispo leads with 338 new cases, followed by Paso Robles with 234, Arroyo Grande with 192, Atascadero with 142, Nipomo with 134, Morro Bay with 74 and Los Osos with 72.
The number of SLO County residents in hospitals receiving treatment for the virus also increased with 30 currently hospitalized, eight in intensive care.
In SLO County, 34,071 people have tested positive for the virus and 373 have died.
There have been 5,598,887 positive cases, and 76,862 deaths in California.
More than 58,040,720 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 851,439 have died.
In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 295,442,297 cases with 5,473,059 dead.