San Luis Obispo County is now on the state’s COVID-19 watch list after a rise in cases over the past two weeks, according to the County Public Health Department.

Last week, county officials warned that such action was likely to happen after SLO County exceeded the state’s COVID-19 case rate criteria.

Health officials say the county has seen a rate of about 114 cases per 100,000 population and the state’s threshold is no more than 100 cases per 100,000 population.

The county is still meeting other metrics, however, including testing and hospitalization rates and the availability of hospital beds.

County officials say certain businesses should prepare to close, pending a state order.

Previously, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered counties that were on the monitoring list

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