How is SLO County Handling COVID-19? An Update On The Current Statistics

Connor Baumgardner, Author

While SLO county is reopening, and seems to be emerging from the pandemic, things may not be as great as they seem. COVID has been rising quite consistently since the start of reopening. Just for a quick idea, August 28th had the highest case numbers since January (COVID’s peak in SLO), and the county has even been forced to reinstate an indoor mask mandate for all residents, regardless of vaccination status. 


Since Labor Day weekend (data period being from Tuesday the seventh and Friday the tenth), has reported 278 new COVID cases, with 1073 active cases. 37% of total ICU beds have been occupied with COVID, and there are 51 hospitalized COVID patients. 


Going by city, Paso Robles has had the largest number of total cases, with 5387 cases (1 in 6 people). After that is SLO, which has had 4996 cases (and actually edges out Paso, with Cal Poly’s 670 cases factored in). Not counting on campus cases for Cal Poly, that’s a rate of just over 1 in 10 people. 


In fourth (Atascadero is third), the California Men’s Colony has had 2387 cases, boasting a far higher case rate than either of the aforementioned cities. On average, there are about 3500 inmates at the men’s colony (rough average from their monthly inmate data, counted from March 2020-Current). That means 70% of the average number of inmates have caught it. 


As for Cambria, there have been 253 cases in total (1 in 22 residents)– in a worldwide view, that’s similar to the case rate of countries like Denmark, where only 6% of residents have caught the virus.


Now, what about vaccinations? For a quick rundown, has reported that 61.7% of residents are fully vaccinated (69.7% partially), and 172,557 total doses have been administered. Vaccinated residents have been ~23% of COVID cases in SLO. Vaccinations have also tapered out quite a bit since June 4th, when the county closed the state run vaccination centers– just from the week before the closing to the week after, there was an approximately 80% decrease in the number of shots given out. 


While the country is starting to reopen, it’s residents aren’t necessarily out of the woods yet– much caution still needs to be taken to prevent further spread of COVID-19.