First Omicron variant of COVID-19 reported in SLO County

December 17, 2021

By Karen Velie

San Luis Obispo County on Friday reported its first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant as the county’s coronavirus case rates remain at a moderate level.

The SLO County Health Department did not release information about the person’s location, age, gender or vaccination status in order to protect their identity. While Delta remains the predominant variant, county health officials are asking residents to remain vigilant.

“We are committed to providing our community members with timely information about the Omicron variant and will provide updates as events warrant,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, county health officer. “Until we know more about Omicron, I strongly encourage our community members to stay calm, remain vigilant, and use the tools and resources we have at our disposal to protect yourself, your families and our community.”

SLO County reported three new COVID-19 deaths on Friday. The deceased range in age from their 30s to their 70s. The number of SLO County residents in hospitals receiving treatment for the virus is unchanged with 15 currently hospitalized, four in intensive care.

During the past three days, 153 SLO County residents tested positive for the virus. San Luis Obispo leads with 25 new cases; followed by Atascadero, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande with 21 each; and Nipomo with 12.

In SLO County, 31,192 people have tested positive for the virus and 370 have died.

There have been 5,067,329 positive cases, and 75,935 deaths in California.

More than 51,609,183 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 826,675 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 273,958,147 cases with 5,360,416 dead.


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George Dunn

I find it amazing that so many have no plan of action should they contract the virus.

I’ll ask friends/coworkers if they have a treatment plan in place should they come down with it and I just get a blank stare in response.

Talk to your physician and be prepared for what to do and whether you should take any supplements or pharmaceuticals if (I really should say ‘when’ and not ‘if’ in this instance) you get sick!


Excellent advise.


Don’t fear. Be safe and live your life.

Michael Stove

Agreed! Get vaxxed and wear a mask to help protect the venerable so we can get back to mostly normal.


Can’t believe people are down-voting. As a nurse, it’s been a grim year and I fear for those who don’t get vaccinated because they generally have much worse outcomes. Be safe.


Not buying it

Michael Stove

That’s good because no one is selling you anything. The journalist is merely reporting a fact.


What may occur in a month or two:

Am avoiding Delta, waiting for Omicron, which should give good natural immunity to complement vaccination immunity.