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Posted on: February 28, 2020

SLO County Public Health Issues Statement about Coronavirus

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Below is a posting from the County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency, Health Officer/Public Health Director Penny Borenstein, MD, MPH

"Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are currently no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in San Luis Obispo County, and risk of infection to local residents remains low at this time. 

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department understands that some residents may be concerned about novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, but the health risk to the general public in San Luis Obispo County remains low.

We still consider this a serious public health concern. We are actively working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the state of California Department of Public Health (CDPH), other County officials, local health care providers, and other partners to protect your health.

We will likely have some cases in our county in the future. However, the flu is present in our community now, and is currently a greater cause of illness and mortality. 

County Public Health is ready to protect the community, but we need your help. We are asking residents to take everyday precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, like the flu and coronavirus: wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; cover your cough or sneeze; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick."

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