SLO County COVID-19 hotspots include San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles

December 30, 2021


San Luis Obispo County appears to be headed into another winter COVID-19 surge with hotspots in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.

During the past two days, 508 SLO County residents tested positive for the virus. San Luis Obispo leads with 143 new cases, followed by Paso Robles with 67, Arroyo Grande with 56, Atascadero with 47, Nipomo with 44 and Grover Beach with 29.

The county’s new case rates are surging, with an average daily rate of 101, the county announced on Thursday.

The number of SLO County residents in hospitals receiving treatment for the virus also increased with 26 currently hospitalized, eight in intensive care.

“If you feel sick or think you may have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, please get tested and stay home this New Year’s weekend to help protect your loved ones,” said Dr. Rick Rosen, deputy health officer. “Omicron is spreading quickly in SLO County and now is the time to do our part to help halt this surge.”

In SLO County, 32,558 people have tested positive for the virus and 373 have died.

There have been 5,324,741 positive cases, and 76,690 deaths in California.

More than 55,252,823 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 845,745 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 286,901,222 cases with 5,446,570 dead.


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“Omicron is spreading quickly in SLO County”. This is good news. Weaker Omicron replacing the more deadly Delta variant. Humanity is indeed fortunate.

Jorge Estrada

If you get sick, stay home, don’t report your illness and get well, will that keep you off the pre-existing conditions category when you buy medical insurance?


Don’t report your illness? That is not helpful for society. Also, you do realize that since 2014, you can no longer be denied health insurance due to pre-existing conditions.


How about life insurance?


The cities that lead by cases should. They are the most populated communities in the county. The numbers aren’t a surprise. We know that cases will increase this time of year with or without the various COVID -19 strains.

We met as a family December 18-25 several times, including Christmas Eve services. There were three who were sick during this time who didn’t attend any of it due to illness. Many of them were vaccinated, and many were not. There have been no reports of illness from any family that attended as of December 31.

My son, who has been triple vaccinated for Covid-19 and also received the seasonal flu shot, was one who couldn’t attend because he was sick. He tested negative for the virus and was sent home to recover from whatever he had. Five days later he was fine from whatever he had.

Be safe and practical about viruses and stay away from other’s if you’re not feeling well. Help yourself with vitamins, supplements, eating healthy, exercise, lots of water, and wear a mask as needed. Live your life but live it without fear. It’s great for your health.


We should never forget that it is because of Donald Trump‘s downplaying and purposely spreading misinformation about the virus that the United States now has the worst Covid situation in the world.

We will never know how many people died specifically because Donald Trump lied, but it’s a horribly large number.


USA’s Covid-19 performance was poor especially when compared to Australia or even China. Can’t understand why anyone would support Trump. He failed to keep us safe from Covid. The one real challenge he had as President.


Well, if you going to go there again, and if you’re honest and do not want to be spreading misinformation yourself, you must include Joe Biden and the complete failure his administration has been over this past year and the promises he made.

If you go by the science and the number of deaths, it’s been far worse under the Biden/Harris watch. There’s no sense downplaying or trying to purposely keep that truth from being known that the Biden/Harris is also the worst in the world.

We do know how many have died specifically because of Bidens failure and incompetence and it is a horribly larger number. Let’s give credit due to each administration while being honest and in the realm of not spreading misinformation. You can’t deny the science and numbers under Joe Biden. That would be promoting misinformation.


It was because of Trump that we have the huge problem in the United States in the first place. Trump lied. Trump lied. Trump lied Trump lied Trump lied. The “what about Biden“ excuse is lame and does not excuse Donald Trump‘s horrible mendacity. Trump handed Biden and all of the United States citizenry A terrible problem that Trump fueled. There should be no excusing Trump for his horrible handling of the Covid outbreak on his watch. The “what about Biden” excuse doesn’t cut it. Sorry

Jon Tatro

More people died under Biden’s watch than Trumps and Biden was given the vaccine. Biden should’ve pushed for more test availability and more therapeutics but he failed and admitted it.


Man, got to get off that Trump hate train, it’s 2022.

By the way, more people have died of Covid under Biden’s first year ( with the Trump vaccines) than the previous year with Trump. I thought ol’ Joe said he had a plan from day one and was gonna lick this virus. Go back and watch some of his statements during the campaign if you don’t believe me.


Trump was president at the beginning of the virus and denied the serious nature AND spread misinformation. When Biden took over we were in a full blown pandemic and he has done everything possible to stop it.

Tyler Durden

It’s 2022, dump the Trump traitor.