SLO County warns of Omicron variant as new cases remain moderate

December 4, 2021


As the COVID-19 Omicron variant has now been identified in California, local health officials encourage San Luis Obispo County residents to strengthen their protection against the virus, which remains at a moderate level, to avert a potential winter surge.

With any strain of the coronavirus, winter brings the potential for a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths as colder weather drives more activities indoors, holidays inspire more gatherings, and other viruses like flu put pressure on the healthcare system. Vaccines, masking and staying home when sick offer some protection.

“It’s a matter of time before Omicron reaches our community and while this is not cause for panic, it is cause for action,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County’s health officer. “While breakthrough cases are possible, it’s very likely that vaccines will provide protection against this variant. Now is the time to get fully vaccinated so you will be protected in the months ahead.”

During the past three days, 181 SLO County residents tested positive for the coronavirus. San Luis Obispo leads with 42 new cases, followed by Arroyo Grande with 37, Nipomo with 26, Atascadero with 19 and Paso Robles with 16.

In SLO County, 30,640 people have tested positive for the virus and 365 have died.

There have been 4,978,179 positive cases, and 75,013 deaths in California.

More than 49,878,049 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 808,116 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 265,235,504 cases with 5,259,255 dead.


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Omicron variant info from South Africa:

This MAY be the end of this.


Interesting, hope this pans out like he is suggesting.

Thanks for posting,


Nothing’s gonna stop us. We’re going to keep it business as usual. If it’s not affecting me why should I worry about anyone else? Isn’t that how society works now?

Good job selfish community for not helping this go away.


Kind of a selfish comment in itself. When I go out to the store, post office, pharmacy, or almost anywhere in public, most are masked up. I’ve had a minor surgery, doctor appointments before and after the procedure, multiple dentist appointments, all masked up. The the majority of the people have been vaccinated twice, if not three times. This virus like many previous viruses is doing what viruses do, infect and mutate.

I don’t judge those who are vaccinated, nor do I judge those who are not. Everyone has the right to choose what they put in their body. I know countless individuals who have been double vaccinated and still got the virus including many family members. I know two people who have passed from the virus. I know several people triple vaccinated, and still haven’t gone hardly anywhere in the last 18 months.

There are many things and individual can to to help themselves not just with this virus, but any virus. Exercise, eat healthy, take your vitamins that meet your age and needs. I take multiple supplements such as Power Zinc, Omega 3, vitamins B,C,and D, twice daily, along with many others totaling 22 altogether each day. Drink lots of water and be positive while not living in fear, and you’ll be surprised at the benefits it will all bring.

If that’s being selfish, then so be it. I would say it’s not as selfish as aborting a precious child, but I’m sure this statement will prevent this whole comment from being posted. So be that as well. Always speak truth to life and be free.


Yes, well said.


“Selfish community ?”

I believe that includes you too.