Mayor Heather Moreno Announces that COVID-19 coronavirus ‘is currently in Atascadero’, calls special meeting for Tuesday, March 17

In a video by the City of Atascadero, mayor Heather Moreno announced that “we know the virus is currently in Atascadero” but provided no further details.

The Atascadero News requested confirmation from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department, which was unable to confirm or deny that the North SLO County case of COVID-19 coronavirus is in Atascadero.

According to SLO County Public Health Department Public Information Officer Michelle Shoresman, “to protect the confidentiality of individuals that test positive for the coronavirus, we are not disclosing the exact locations of cases at this time.”


Moreno continued “… this is the type of situation for which we at the City have training and very well-established protocols and procedures …”

Moreno told The SLO Tribune that she recieved information through “unofficial channels” that led her to believe the North County case was located in Atascadero. It was not officially confirmed.

The Atascadero News is awaiting accurate information to confirm whether the novel coronavirus case is in Atascadero.

UPDATE: On Monday, March 16 at 6:15 p.m. the City of Atascadero called a special meeting for Tuesday, March 17. The single agenda item consists of a “Declaration of the Existence of a Local Emergency” which concludes that the:

“City Council finds that the actual existence of conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property have arisen within the City of Atascadero, caused by the effects of COVID-19, and a local emergency now exists throughout the City of Atascadero.”

Keep informed with North County’s up-to-date COVID-19 page.