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COVID-19: SLO County now classified as ‘low risk’ by CDC, state of emergency lifted 

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New cases continue to decline

– San Luis Obispo County is now in the “low risk” category for COVID-19, as per CDC data updated on Thursday.

CDC looks at the combination of three metrics to determine risk level: new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days.

The number of new and active coronavirus cases in the county has continued to fall, and local health emergency declarations prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted in San Luis Obispo County as of Friday. 

County Administrative Officer Wade Horton and County Health Director Dr. Penny Borenstein both signed documents this terminating the State of Emergency approved by county supervisors in March of 2020.

The declaration, ratified by the board in 2020, granted Borenstein and Horton authority to manage the COVID-19 crisis, assign county employees to emergency service worker roles and “streamline decisions aimed at protecting the community.”

The county continues to confirm positive cases and deaths. The county added 572 new cases over the past week, bringing the 14-day average to 119 (down from 208 a week ago). The county has also confirmed 16 new deaths due to COVID-19.

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