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Weekly Number of Coronavirus Cases in Santa Monica Remains Steady
 

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August 3, 2020 -- The number of weekly coronavirus cases in Santa Monica held steady for a third straight week, as hospitalizations in Los Angeles County saw a significant drop.

There were 48 new cases reported in Santa Monica last week, a slight increase from 47 and 46 confirmed over the previous two weeks respectively, according to County Health data.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, there were 649 reported cases of COVID 19 and 37 deaths, with no new deaths reported last week in the city of some 93,000.

Santa Monica's stable trend comes as Los Angeles County saw a drop in both the number of weekly cases and hospitalizations over the past two weeks, according to the data.

The average number of daily cases dropped last week to some 2,600 from more than 3,000 cases per day the previous week.

The number of hospitalizations also saw a dramatic drop with 1,784 people with COVID-19 hospitalized on Sunday, a 20 percent decrease from the 2,232 hospitalized cases two Sundays ago.

The decreases came as the County of some 10 million recorded a total of 193,788 confirmed cases and 4,701 deaths as of Sunday.

“The key indicators that we closely monitor at Public Health are looking positive," said County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

Ferrer attributed the trend to "a large number of our county residents who heeded our orders and took the personal, basic actions needed to slow this virus.

"Folks wore their face coverings, they maintained physical distance from people they don't live with, avoided gatherings and parties and washed their hands," Ferrer said.

But Ferrer warned residents need to continue abiding by the health orders and "remain vigilant."

"We can’t simply go back to life as we knew it before March," she said. "We unfortunately still have a long way to go.”

Of those hospitalized countywide, 30 percent are in the ICU and 18 percent are currently ventilated, health officials said.

Of those who have died with the coronavirus, 92 percent had underlying health conditions, officials said.

The conditions include immune disorders, diabetes, obesity and chronic conditions that affect the lungs, heart and kidneys, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Testing results were available for 1,804,698 individuals as of Sunday, with 10 percent testing positive, County officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently estimated the rate of infection could be ten times the confirmed number of cases, putting the countywide number at near 2 million.


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