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Weekly Coronavirus Cases in Santa Monica Hold Steady, As Nationwide Deaths See Record Drop
 

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August 31, 2020 -- Weekly coronavirus cases in Santa Monica remained stable with one additional death, as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the steepest weekly drop in nationwide deaths since the pandemic began.

There were 35 cases of COVID 19 reported in Santa Monica last week -- up from 34 cases the previous week -- bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 779 in the city of some 93,000.

One new death was reported, bringing the total to 40, according to data provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

Provisional Death Counts for Coronarirus Disease
Chart courtesy of CDC (For full report click here)

Meanwhile, the provisional death count of those who died with the virus nationwide -- which is based on death certificates -- reached 21-week low of 2,076 during the week ending on August 22.

That was less the half the 4,725 deaths reported the previous week and 5,854 on the week ending August 8, according to the CDC.

The steady drop followed 18 straight weeks of more than 6,000 deaths recorded, with a high of 9,609 deaths the week of April 11.

Nationwide, the CDC reported that 94 percent of those who died with the virus had other "health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths."

"For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned," the CDC reported. "For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death."

The CDC report is based on "death certificates, which are the most reliable source of data and contain information not available anywhere else, including comorbid conditions, race and ethnicity, and place of death."

The top underlying medical conditions linked to coronavirus deaths are influenza and pneumonia, respiratory failure, hypertensive disease and diabetes, according to the CDC.

Although in 94 percent of the deaths COVID-19 is not the sole contributing factor, medical experts note that most patients suffering from serious underlying conditions would likely not have died had they not been infected.

As of Monday, there were more than 6 million coronavirus cases and 183,000 deaths nationwide, according to statistics kept by Johns Hopkins University.

In LA County, Public Health officials had identified 241,768 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County as of Sunday, and a total of 5,784 deaths.

Of those who had the virus when they died, 93 percent had serious underlying health conditions, health officials said, nearly mirroring the nationwide rate.

The number of weekly cases countywide has continued to steadily decline over the past month, from a seven-day average of 2,883 new cases on July 31 to 1,309 cases Sunday, a decrease of 55 percent.

Both the test positivity rate and the number of hospitalizations also are continuing to see marked drops in the County of more than 10 million, health officials said.

On Sunday, the seven-day test positivity rate dropped to 4.7 percent, down from 8.6 percent on July 31, while the County’s daily hospitalizations fell by 48 percent -- from 2,220 on July 31 to 1,043 on Sunday.

Testing results are available for nearly 2.3 million individuals, with 10 percent of all people testing positive, health officials said.

Despite the progress, health officials said the County continues to see widespread transmission of the virus, with an average of 13.1 new daily cases per 100,000 people.

That's nearly double the threshold of less than seven new cases needed for the State to allow County officials to lift restrictions, officials said.

"Our path forward for recovery depends on us being able to reduce community transmission significantly so children and teachers can get back to their classrooms and more people can get back to their jobs with as much safety as possible," health officials said on Monday.


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