Comparing COVID-19 case rates in Central Coast counties, to nearby counties

May 8, 2021

More than 61% of eligible Californians having received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, resulting in case rates plummeting in most counties. With 43 counties in moderate or medium tiers, life is starting to return to normal.

Counties near the Central Coast have similar new coronavirus case rates per 100,000 residents, averaged over the past seven days. All county rates, however, vary significantly with no new cases in Trinity County and 27.9 new cases per 100,000 in Siskiyou County, according to California Case Statistics.

The average new case rate is 3.8 per 100,000 California residents.

Cornovirus rates by county:

Kings County — 5.3 cases per 100,000

Fresno County — 4.1 cases per 100,000

Santa Barbara County — 4.0 cases per 100,000

Kern County — 3.6 cases per 100,000

San Luis Obispo  County — 3.5 cases per 100,000

San Benito County — 3.3 cases per 100,000

Tulare County — 3.2 cases per 100,000

Ventura County — 2.6 cases per 100,000

Los Angeles County — 2.6 cases per 100,000

Monterey County — 2.5 cases per 100,000

During the past four days, SLO County reported 86 new cases. Of those, San Luis Obispo leads with 33 cases, followed by Paso Robles with 14, Arroyo Grande with 11, Atascadero with 10 and Grover Beach with seven.

As of Friday afternoon, 21,282 people in SLO County have tested positive for the virus and 260 have died. There are three SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, none in the intensive care units.

Cases by area:

  • San Luis Obispo – 4,298
  • Paso Robles – 4,161
  • California Men’s Colony (inmates) – 2,384
  • Atascadero – 2,034
  • Nipomo – 1,578
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,498
  • Grover Beach – 891
  • Oceano – 695
  • Templeton – 634
  • San Miguel – 527
  • Los Osos – 498
  • Morro Bay – 439
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 377
  • Pismo Beach – 343
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 207
  • Cambria – 183
  • Santa Margarita – 150
  • Shandon – 141
  • Creston – 89
  • Cayucos – 70
  • Avila Beach – 31
  • San Simeon – 21
  • Bradley – 7

There have been 3,756,393 positive cases, and 62,220 deaths in California.

More than 33,430,278 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 595,077 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 158,147,278 cases with 3,292,236 dead.

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Paso’s high number remains puzzling given its smaller and less transitory population than San Luis Obispo proper. It’s more than double that of Atascadero. Fascinating…

kevin rise

Because of an absolutely crazy racist demographic of people who are conspiracy theorists, same folks who think Trump won and want to recall Newsome in a budget surplus, are why Paso has a high case count. And hence they down voted your totally passive comment because the truth pisses people off so much they’re willing to storm a vote count and beat cops with blue lives flags

Daniel Millrose

You do realize that you’re freaking out about a 0.13% infection rate in Paso.

The typical flu infection rate is 8% but by all means, go ahead and invoke “race” and “Trump” into a tourism community with an infection rate close to one-tenth of one percent.

I bet you like shaming people in public for not wearing a mask outside…pssshhh.


Paso has higher transit traffic than SLO due to the much bigger travel and leisure base. That’s the reason Paso stays near SLO in cases.